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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

Monica and I are working on a goal of reading/watching all of the Disney princess movies. Our first movie was Cinderella. Monica’s next pick was Snow White.

The Book(called Snowdrop)

My Review– It’s difficult to review Grimm’s fairy tales as they’re completely different in writing style and genre from my usual reading selections. Snowdrop is no exception. The characters were weak(besides, perhaps the queen), the writing quality hard to critique since it’s translated from German, and the setting vague. But, as a fun, simple fairy tale, I found it entertaining.

Rating: 3 stars

Favorite Character: The Wicked Queen

Monica’s Review(in interview form): 

Q. Did you like the book? A. No

Q. Why not? A. It was kind of kiddish.

Q. Is there anything you did like? A. Snow White was my favorite character.

Q. Which was your favorite part? A. Probably when the first dwarf said, “Who stole my bed?”

Q. Would you recommend this book? A. I would, to some of my friends who like fairy tales.

Rating: 2 stars

Favorite Character: Snow White

The Movie

My Thoughts:

Favorite Character: The Queen

Rating: 2.5 stars

Favorite Scene: “High, ho! High, ho! . . .”(whatever that scene is called)

Monica’s Thoughts:

Favorite Character: Grumpy

Favorite Scene: The scene in which the dwarves wash off Grumpy.

Rating: 4 stars

And, some lines we enjoyed:

“High, ho! High, ho! It’s home from work we go!” -The Dwarves

“Mark my words, there’s trouble a’brewing!” -Grumpy

“He says it’s a monster, sleeping in our beds!” -Dock

Snow White: “I said, ‘How do you do?'”   Grumpy: “How do you do what?”

Thanks for reading! What do you think of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves?


A Long-Expected Movie: A Review of the Hobbit Trilogy

So, I finally got around to re-watching it. Here’s what was running through my head, and please excuse the length. 🙂

Elements of the Film Which Didn’t Bother Me

Legolas’ presence

Bringing Legolas into the film held potential. We know from LotR, Legolas is the Elf King’s son, so it stands to reason he’d be there and witness or even potentially assist in the dwarves’ capture. In the Hobbit, The Elf King is almost presented as a villain, and his son(in LotR) a hero. This clash raises questions: Would Legolas approve of the dwarves’ captivity? Would he feel any guilt later toward Gloin’s son-Gimli? All that to say, I wasn’t opposed to Legolas in the Desolation of Smaug at. It was with Tauriel they went wrong. Without Tauriel, Legolas never would’ve ventured to Laketown and without Kili, she probably wouldn’t have, either(a detail I’ll discuss later). Without Tauriel, he would’ve stayed happily in Mirkwood where he belonged.


Some people held second thoughts on Peter Jackson’s motives for stretching the movie into thirds rather than keeping it whole. Maybe he did do it for the money, but does that really matter? It just means more room to include all the good parts from the book, right? Except, not. Instead, the extra film time was filled with completely made up scenes.

Lord of the Rings Characters who weren’t in The Hobbit(book), but still showed up in the movie

Galadriel. Saruman. Lobelia(if only briefly). Frodo. Bilbo(the older). Legolas. I didn’t mind so long as they didn’t awkwardly disrupt the main plot movie, or change the Middle Earth history Tolkien created. Unfortunately, some did both.

Problems I Did Have with the Series

Tauriel and Kili’s Relationship– We don’t need romance to enjoy a story(which is why there wasn’t any in the book!), particularly between a dwarf and an elf. Quite unrealistic, actually.

The excessive orc appearances– Just because the orcs proved popular villains from Lord of the Rings doesn’t mean they have to show up in each Hobbit movie.

Disturbing Middle Earth’s History

The pale orc was a great bad guy and all that, but technically he died long before the dwarves’ quest.

The absence of funny scenes…and addition of others

The parts Peter Jackson cut out where…

  • Gandalf adds dwarves in twos as he speaks to Beorn.
  • Gandalf keeps the trolls up till dawn by imitating their voices/arguing with them.
  • Bombour falls unconscious for much of the Mirkwood journey, and can only think of food once he wakes.

 And I could go on… Now, it’s not that the funny bits they added weren’t funny, it’s just that the time could’ve been used to include the pieces from the book which I thought funnier anyways.


Was he really necessary to the movie??

My Favorite Elements

  • Richard Armitage’s acting as Thorin who falls progressively deeper into his gold-obsession.
  • The music. Howard Shore is incredible. The Desolation of Smaug was a bit of a disappointment(in more ways than one!), but the soundtrack for The Battle of Five Armies and A Long Expected was awesome.
  • The scenery. *adds visiting New Zealand to bucket list* 😀
  • Martin Freeman as Bilbo. He’s absolutely perfect for that role.
  • “The Last Goodbye” it’s so, so, sad, beautiful, and a good way to include Billy Boyd without giving him an acting role and thus again changing the book. 🙂 I always liked his song from RotK.

  • The bittersweetness. Even the winter colors seem bittersweet somehow…

Well, I better cut off this review now before it grows any longer. Thanks for bearing with my ramblings! I’m still taking in the fact that this is goodbye to Peter Jackson’s Tolkien movies. No more countdowns, midnight showings(;D) or trailers. But there’s always re-watchings, movie marathons, and extended editions, right?

Rating: 3 stars

What are your thoughts?? How would you rate the trilogy?

“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”-Dr. Seuss        An oddly appropriate quote. (:

Cinderella: Unique in Simplicity

You know the movie you follow on social media months before it comes out? You watch every trailer, and already begin to tuck the lines into your memory? Back in December, that movie was The Hobbit:The Battle of Five Armies(which as a side note, I do plan to publish a blog post on after it’s released to DVD), a few weeks ago, however, this movie was Cinderella. 

At first, I honestly didn’t feel overly excited about Cinderella. I had only heard of it briefly, and I was imagining yet another fairy tale twist. Whoever first thought up a fairy tale twist was a genius, but you’d think after awhile the idea should get old. Strangely, for me personally, the concept hasn’t worn off, and I have enjoyed most that I read/saw, but never having been a huge Cinderella fan anyways, I didn’t feel too intrigued with this one.

My thoughts changed when I heard about it again early January and a friend informed me that Cate Blanchett played the wicked stepmother. In addition to “liking” the Facebook page to subscribe for more trailers and news, I hunted down a trailer and actually began planning to see it.  Once I start following a movie on Facebook, I’m automatically hooked.

So there I stood, March 14th, in the movie theater line, far more excited than should be rational considering I hadn’t sat down to watch the Cinderella cartoon in a long time. And the result? I loved it! Disney managed to pull off a sweet, touching movie that took me back to the days of my four year-old Disney Princesses love. With the big lovely dresses, adorable mice, and nasty villain’s nasty laugh(simply nasty :D), it displayed a magic like the cartoon’s, but added a new dimension to the story that only “real” people could.

Also, despite my first idea that the movie was a twist on the original story, it really wasn’t. Sure, they added some parts(i.e. scenes from Cinderella’s early childhood, scenes of the prince and his dying father), but Disney didn’t twist the ending and followed the original movie neatly. Cinderella followed two other fairy tale movies released in the last year, called Maleficent, and Into the Woods. Both had changed from the first fairy tale stories, perhaps trying to be more original, but Cinderella stood out with no surprises. It proved original in its familiarness; unique in its simplicity.

Lastly, maybe the best part for me was Cinderella’s motto: “Have courage and be kind,” far better than “Follow your dreams,” as so many other princess movies have taught us. Rating: 4.4 stars

Favorite Character: Cinderella

Lord of the Rings Movie Series- Pros and Cons

Elijah Wood as Frodo in Peter Jackson's live-a...
Elijah Wood as Frodo in Peter Jackson’s live-action version of The Lord of the Rings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

WARNING: Major spoilers.

Note: I wrote this review as a fresh Lord of the Rings nerd a few years ago, so please excuse any consequential grammatical mistakes or the such. 🙂

Last night my dad and I finished watching the Lord of the Rings movie series(a feat which took nights to accomplish, ;D). Some people find this series better than the books. One the other hand, some people dislike the fact that it is not quite loyal to the books in certain respects. Here I have organized my thoughts into a list of pros and cons:


1. Sam(my favorite character!) remains still loyal to Frodo, for the most part. And like Pippin said “he would be willing to jump down a dragon’s throat” , for Frodo.

2. Pippin and Merry entertain us just as much(and perhaps more) as they do in the book.

3. Ian McKellen portrays Gandalf excellently.

4. They included one of my many favorite quotes from the book,”I am glad that you are here with me. Here at the end of all things.”


1.They left out many people, events and places from the book: Tom Bombadil, Goldberry, Farmer Maggot(except for very briefly where he is chasing away the hobbits, instead of helping them), The Scouring of The Shire, the conspiracy of Pippin, Merry, Sam, and Fatty who helped Frodo, and finding the troll who had turned to stone.

2. They added many events to the movie: Pippin and Merry accidentally coming along with Sam and Frodo to Rivendell, not because they had been planning to help him, Gollum convincing Frodo that Sam had eaten the last lembas bread, and the whole love thing with Arwen and Aragorn in the first and second movie.

3. On the topic of love, In the first and second movies there was too much romance between Aragorn and Arwen. The part where the vision of Arwen gives Aragon new strength after the Warg attack is quite “made up”. But, then in the third movie Sam and Aragorn marry their wives, yet I don’t remember Eowyn and Faramir marrying.  unnecessary romance in the first and second movies, how couldn’t they add the marriage of Eowyn and Faramir? As you can relate(if you’ve seen it), the movie series did a pretty good job overall, but added/left out too many things. All in all, I think that the Lord of the Rings movie series are worth my time. But, I certainly wouldn’t go so far as to say that the movie series are better than the books.