Hello, honeybees, and welcome to another edition of Binge-Worthy Buzz, our series where we recommend all of you movie and TV show lovers, new things to watch. This time, we’re taking you on a journey through some of our favorite modern fairytales. We’ve been in love with fairytales since forever, but seeing them depicted in the modern world, much closer to our reality, is something truly special. Let’s dive in!
Yes, there are hundreds of modern versions of Cinderella, one of our favorites still being 2004’s A Cinderella Story, but this one is probably one of the best out of the more recent ones. DJ Cinderella is a modern Brazilian retelling of Cinderella available on Netflix. In this universe, our Cinderella’s name is Cíntia, and she is, you guessed it, a DJ. During the movie, she ends up DJing at her stepsisters’ debutant party, where she meets a huge pop star named Freddy Prince, not that she knows it’s him at all because everyone is wearing masks. Can you imagine her shock when she finds out the guy who found her customized Converses is the one pop star she swore she’d never had a crush on like everyone else?
The Shape of Water
Leave it to Guillermo Del Toro to mix two classic fairytales like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid and make us fall in love with the result. And yes, we’re counting this as a modern fairytale, even if it’s set in the 60s. The premise of the movie is simple: a cleaner from a government building finds a strange amphibious humanoid hidden in the building, and they fall in love. Their strange love is so unique we can’t help but root for them to be happy together by the end of the movie.
Look, no one does fairytales like Disney. So, of course, Enchanted would be on this list, it’s one of their best movies! Taking a fairytale princess and putting her in modern-day New York City was one of the best decisions Disney has ever made, right along with finally making a sequel to this movie. Also, Amy Adams and Patrick Dempsey absolutely sell the relationship between a princess and a grumpy businessman. And, of course, all the side characters are a delight as well.
When Pixar decides to take on producing a fairytale-like story, you know it’s going to be a good one. And the way they do it is as fantastic as the story itself. In a world where technology took over for magic as the primary thing people use to make their lives easier, we see fantasy characters, such as the main duo, brothers Ian and Barley, using smartphones, driving cars, and opening fast food restaurants! And then magic makes its way back into the main characters’ lives in the most beautiful way: their father left them a spell to resurrect him for one day so they could spend 24 more hours together. It’s also a tale of brotherly love that everyone needs in their lives.
This one right here is one of those movies that, if you haven’t watched, you’re seriously missing out. Penelope is a gender-bent Beauty and the Beast, where a woman born with a pig’s snout for a nose must find true love in order to break a fuse placed on her family ages before she was born. It’s simple, sweet, and has an awesome cast that tells this story in the best way possible.
We can’t talk about beautiful modern fairytales without including Spirited Away. The 2001 movie made by Studio Ghibli and directed by Hayao Miyazaki is by far one of the most imaginative ways to tell a story similar to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. In this story, 10-year-old Chihiro is in the process of moving to a new neighborhood with her parents, who decide they need a break from the trip to eat and rest before continuing. That’s when suddenly everything goes wrong, Chihiro’s parents are turned into pigs by a witch, and she must find a way to free them and herself so they can continue with their lives. Add to that story all the visuals and cultural elements behind it, and you’ll understand why people still talk about this movie 20 years after its initial release.
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