As medieval movies go 2012 started out a little slow but ended with a cinematic juggernaut. Most of the movie news coming out this year was in regards to the highly anticipated prequel to the Lord of the Rings saga. While all the talk seemed to center around Bilbo and his band of Dwarves, there was another movie featuring dwarves as well.
The first movie, Snow White and the Huntsman, is a re-telling of the Snow White story starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Chris Helmsworth (Thor). The seven dwarves make an appearance and serve as the comic relief for the movie. Personally I think Charlize Theron steals the show as the Wicked Witch. She certainly out shines Snow White and does wicked really well.
The second medieval movie of the summer was an animated flick by Pixar. Brave was a great movie and not your run-of-the-mill princess movie. Merida breaks the role of a hapless princess and wants to be more than a subservient woman. Now, while we can debate the merits of that from a medieval standpoint I feel it delivered a good message to modern girls.
Of course I couldn’t do a post about medieval movies and not mention one of the most anticipated films of the year. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, helmed by Peter Jackson is the Prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. While The Hobbit opened strong earning $84.5 million its first weekend negative reviews seem to be taking their toll. The Hobbit only earned $33 million its second weekend.
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