2012, Tarsem Singh (The Cell, Immortals) -- download
This movie, as I imagine lots of producers and executive producers demanded, wants to be The Princess Bride and Ella Enchanted, a sort of Disney-fied faery tale full of anachronistic references and situations but full of beautiful costumes and magic, which I guess is where Tarsem came in. So, they gave him two rote screenwriters that dish up a story that I believe I actually shouted at the screen about, "Seriously? That is where the story is going to go?" And yes, once again I blame the money-bearing Hollywood support for a movie, not the creative involved. I don't think Tarsem makes a lot of money when he follows his vision but maybe he made a deal in order to get Immortals shot, as he wanted it. I am sure there were some crossroads dealing in his career that led him to this crappy movie, a crappy movie that Kent cannot accuse me of liking.
What was it about? I suppose I don't have much more to say that a brief description of the plot. Lilly Collins, who does bear a stunning ressemblance to the Disney cartoon Snow White, is the daughter of the King (Sean Bean; uh oh) who has lost her mother in childbirth and gained a stepmother. He dies early on, in great Beanean tradition, and she is left with beautiful stepmother Julia Roberts. The Queen has driven the kingdom into the ground with her lavish balls and spending. She needs a new man in her life and he happens to be wandering the wood. Unfortunately, so was Snow White and you know how it goes when Prince meets Princess. Thus we are led through plots to have Snow White killed (no huntsmen, just effete Nathan Lane) and thievish dwarves (bumbling tumbling little people of course!) and some ludicrous spells (seriously? puppy love?) but it all works out for the happy princess and all ends with a Bollywood number. Get it? Tarsem is Indian so he is good with those!!