Fairy Tales 2010

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Someday My Prince Will Come

The short film "Someday My Prince Will Come" has many elements of a fairy tale, however, it contains even more differences from traditional fairy tales. It is the story of a young "princess" who is searching for love and the obstacles she faces along the way. The story is narrated in verse which lends it a further fairy tale-like quality. In the beginning of the story the main character Laura-Anne is wearing a "little green hood" which could be some sort of reference to Little Red Riding Hood. This is about as far as the similarities go.
"Someday My Prince Will Come" follows the story of an 11 year old rather than a girl who is the normal age to be married. Also, in the film the girl is left without a prince at the end whereas most fairy tales end happily. She is however, still hopeful though she has had a few boyfriends over the course of about a year and none have turned out well.
The movie is also set in the present day which is unlike most fairy tales. All of the children seem to come from low income families. This is unlike a usually fairy tale because generally the prince in the story would be wealthy and would rescue the princess/girl from her humble existence. The children also use profanity freely and the princess herself is not pious and admirable like the princesses in fairy tales. In the movie Laura-Anne swears at and calls the boys who hurt her bad names. Maybe this is the big difference between her ending and the ending of most fairy tales. Since Laura-Anne has not behaved properly like the princesses in the fairy tales, she does not get the happy endings those princesses do.