One of my favorite movies when I was a kid was the 2003 Dreamworks movie Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas. It didn’t get great reviews and its plot was nothing to write home about, but I loved all the characters, the adventure, and the romance, and I wore out our little VHS tape and annoyed all my family members by watching it over and over. I even bought the video game (side note: wasn’t great, do not recommend). Then I went on to other movies and mostly forgot about Sinbad until I caught a glimpse of it while channel-flipping last month. Fascinated, I watched it all again from the beginning, and then did what I didn’t think about in 2003: I went to research it online. What I found was that Sinbad could have potentially been far more creative and representative than the version that we got.
Spoilers for Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas below.
You’ve all seen Shrek, right? Stars an ogre and a talking donkey on their quest to parody some fairy tale tropes? The princess of those movies, Princess Fiona, is cursed to be a human by day and an ogre by night, and only love’s true kiss will make her take “love’s true form”. At the end, she takes the form of the ogre rather than the more stereotypically beautiful human, and it’s because of this that Fiona is thought of as a positive, feminist example of the modern-day princess. But in fact, Fiona is not as subversive or as effective a character as you might think.
Today, we have a new Dreamworks movie called Rise of the Guardians. Check it out.
I honestly had not heard of this movie until I started looking for trailers for movies. Upon seeing the title, I thought it was the Wrath of the Titans (which came out in March without my noticing). And I personally think this looks good. Is it anything new? Not really, but I like how it’s a new spin on something that’s been done.
I like this so much, I’m going to give you a second trailer!
So this comes out November 21st, so you have a little less than a month before you need to go run to your movie theater. Hope y’all have a fabulous Tuesday!