The 10th Kingdom Reviews
This movie is smart, captivating, and charming. I honestly don't know how I could live without this on my shelf!
I was struck by the fact that this modern fairytale was created by and for a culture that has been strongly influenced by feminist ideas and psychological insights not heard of the Holy Roman Empire. This may be the reason that some are tempted to see it as a "politically correct" "update" of Grimm. I would not describe the 10th Kingdom as a feminist fairytale; however, for two reasons. First, it's character's struggles and the lessons they are learning (and teaching?)are personal in a way that rarely boarders at all on the political. Secondly, the moral prospective of the film does not consistently follow any principals that seem to have been deduced from any of the various waves of feminism. In fact, one of the few false notes in the film is the fact that the heroine seems to be compelled by destiny into a romantic relationship festooned with great flashing warning signs of potential for domestic abuse, yet somehow this works out and is just fine. The idea of reproductive freedom is dismissed out of hand.
Having said all of this, this film is first and foremost, a lovely and diverting piece of entertainment. The less you classify it, the more you will enjoy it.
I would recommend this movie to anyone that is laid up on bed rest, it's a good way to pass a day in bed.
The acting is far from top-notch. I'll say that right here and now. It's not impossible to live with, of course, but it's simply not the best. The special effects are also sort of sub-par, but acceptable. The rest is stellar. Great premise, solid progression of story, pleasant mix of comedy and drama, and an overall memorable experience that any fantasy fan (or viewer looking for the more 'correct' versions of the Grimm Fairy Tales in film format) should give a shot.