Everyone loves a good fairy tale and it is always interesting to see a modern spin on those classic stories. That is what makes today’s movie pretty interesting. See this movie is kind of a mockbuster of Avengers: Age Of Ultron, but it is also a mockbuster of the TV show, Once Upon A Time. So the question is, how well can those two different influences mesh into one movie? Guess I will find out as I watch today’s movie, Avengers Grimm.
The plot: In a world where fairy tales are real, Snow White’s kingdom is under attack by an army led by Rumpelstiltskin. Rumpelstiltskin enters the throne room and offers Snow White a deal to call off his army if she will use the magic mirror to open a portal to Earth, where there is no magic, so that he can easily conquer it. When Snow White refuses, he has his henchman, the Wolf, throw her a bag containing the head of her husband and in her grief, she opens the portal. However, before Rumpelstiltskin can go through, Snow White forms an ice dagger and attempts to kill him but he pushes off against the throne and causes them both to fall through the portal. Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Red (Red Riding Hood) enter the throne room to find it empty. Rapunzel believes that Snow White went through the mirror and that they must find her but Red says she was only with them to kill the Wolf and goes off to find him. Cinderella uses the mirror to try and find Snow White but before they can do anything, the Wolf appears, holding onto Red, and demands they step away from the portal. Red stabs the Wolf, who throws her towards the mirror as they are all enveloped in the portal. They arrive on Earth, where the Wolf takes off and Red, with a piece of the mirror stuck in her arm, takes off after him. A couple of police officers attempt Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Sleeping Beauty when they ask about Snow White but the princesses use their magic to knock them out. Suddenly, Snow White pulls up in a car and tells them to get in before she drives off. As they are driving away, they tell Snow White that the mirror is broken but Red has a piece with her and Snow White says they have to find Red before Rumpelstiltskin does and brings his army to conquer Earth. Meanwhile, Red follows the Wolf into a bar, where he slaughtered everyone there. The manager and his men arrive and, accusing Red of the attack, plan on turning her over to a man named Iron John but Red knocks them out and makes her escape. At City Hall, Rumpelstiltskin, who is now the mayor of Los Angeles, learns what happened from the two officers and uses his magic to turn one of them into a mindless thrall and tells the other, Officer Ernst, to find Snow White and the princesses and bring them to him. Meanwhile, Snow White explains the situation about how Rumpelstiltskin came into power and says that the others need to blend in before they go anywhere. Red continues tracking the Wolf and runs into an injured bum, who tells her the Wolf is waiting for her. Following the blood trail, Red confronts the Wolf but before the fight can continue, she is captured by Iron John’s men. Snow White and the others go see a street hustler named Jack, who points them towards the bar, where they see the bum and he tells them what happened. Meanwhile, Red is taken to see Iron John, who questions her about what happened at the bar. Red tries to escape, with Iron John’s men firing at her but they all end up being arrested by the police. At City Hall, Rumpelstiltskin learns of Red’s capture and plans on going to see her when the Wolf shows up and tells him that she has a piece of the mirror so Rumpelstiltskin tells the Wolf to go to the Den and get the mirror. Snow White and the others arrive at Iron John’s base but only find two police officers standing guard, which they easily dispatch. Suddenly, they are attacked by a large group of thralls but they use their magic to trap them. Snow White figures that Rumpelstiltskin must be getting ready to attack and so they cure the police officer who Rumpelstiltskin enthralled and he tells them where she is being held. At the Den, Officer Ernst taunts Red and Iron John as they are locked up but Red manages to pickpocket the key and she escapes. Snow White and the others break into the Den to free her when they learn of her escape. SWAT is called in and the princesses take them out but one gets the drop on them but is taken out by Red. At Snow White’s place, the princesses and Red try to figure out what they should do. While Snow White and Sleeping Beauty argue about using the mirror to return home for reinforcements, Cinderella tends to Red’s wounds and tries to convince her that they should work together as they have all suffered at the hands of Rumpelstiltskin and his army. In the Den, Rumpelstiltskin goes to see Iron John in his cell and offers him a deal if he will find the princesses and bring them to him. When Iron John agrees, Rumpelstiltskin uses his magic to turn him into a living man of iron. Iron John and his men show up to Snow White’s apartment and attack it and capture Rapunzel when she tries to hold them off. Cinderella and Red escape to the roof with the mirror shard but they are attacked by the Wolf, who grabs the shard from Cinderella. Red manages to get the shard back and throws it to Cinderella, who is joined by Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, but instead of joining them, she chooses to chase after the Wolf, even though she sees Rapunzel being carried away. In the sewers, Red finds a struggling captive and goes to free him but is shocked to discover it is a thrall and ends up captured by the wolf. Meanwhile, Snow White leads Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty to her first hideout when she arrived on Earth and tells Sleeping Beauty that she is going to stay behind to guard the mirror while she and Cinderella find a way into City Hall to kill Rumpelstiltskin, but the other princesses are uneasy about Snow White’s willingness to let Rapunzel be killed for the “greater good”. At City Hall, Iron John brings Rapunzel to see the mayor, who questions her about Snow White’s whereabouts but when she doesn’t answer, he knocks her out and tells Iron John to watch her. Snow White and Cinderella find the mayor’s secretary, Jessica, walking along the streets and grab her. Snow White grabs her id card and wants to leave but Cinderella chooses to free Jessica from Rumpelstiltskin control and when she comes too, she agrees to help them free Rapunzel. Sneaking into City Hall, they manage to trick Iron John and use their magic to cause him to crash through the wall and fall to the city below. Jessica learns that the mayor isn’t there and tells them that she will contact them and help them get back into City Hall when he does return. In the sewers, Sleepign Beauty is forced to hide when Officer Ernst shows up looking for them but after he is called back to City Hall, she tries using the mirror to find out what is happening and gets stunned by a blast from the mirror. While she is dazed, Red, now a thrall of Rumpelstiltskin, shows up and grabs the mirror shard and makes her escape from the other princesses. Snow White is furious but says that this is their last chance to kill Rumpelstiltskin provided that Jessica can get them inside City Hall. When Rumpelstiltskin returns to City Hall, Jessica sends a text to Snow White, then knocks out the head of security and disables the building’s lock down. As she returns to her desk, she runs into Red, who fires an arrow at her but Iron John saves her. Iron John moves to attack Red but he is stopped by Rumpelstiltskin and when Iron John explains what happened, Rumpelstiltskin realizes that Jessica betrayed him and knocks her out with the mirror. Rumpelstiltskin opens a portal and tells Iron John and his men to guard it while his thralls begin coming through and attacking the city. Rumpelstiltskin returns to City Hall and tells the Wolf to guard the lobby while he sends Red out to kill the princesses. Snow White and the others make their way to City Hall when Red attacks them and Cinderella goes after her while Rapunzel tries to close the portal and Snow White and Sleeping Beauty go face Rumpelstiltskin. Rapunzel finds the portal and knocks out Iron John’s men then pleads with Iron John to help her close the portal and he agrees and brings the parking garage down on the portal. Snow White and Sleeping Beauty arrive at City Hall and attack Rumpelstiltskin but he knocks out Snow White and the Wolf grabs Sleeping Beauty. Rumpelstiltskin takes Snow White to his penthouse and offers to open a portal to send the princesses back to their world if she will become his queen but she refuses. Downstairs, the Wolf is about to kill Sleeping Beauty but he is distracted by Red, who brings the unconscious body of Cinderella with her. When he approaches her, Red reveals herself to be free of Rumpelstiltskin’s control and kills the Wolf. Rapunzel joins them and they head up to the penthouse, where Rumpelstiltskin opens a portal and tells them to leave. Snow White uses her magic to form an ice spear and stabs herself and Rumpelstiltskin. Rumpelstiltskin tries to escape through the portal but Rapunzel uses her hair to grab him and they try to drag him back through the portal but when it seems like he is going to escape, Sleeping Beauty breaks the mirror, closing the portal on Rumpelstiltskin and killing him. Snow White dies knowing that they succeeded in killing Rumpelstiltskin and with several of their people trapped on Earth with them, the princesses and Red decide to help their people while trying to find a way back home. Meanwhile, Snow White’s body, having become frozen, is laid to rest but suddenly, her eyes open as she draws in a breath.
This was an interesting movie to watch and while it wasn’t horrible, it could have been a bit better. The acting was decent, with Casper Van Dien doing a good job as Rumpelstiltskin and I liked Lou Ferrigno as Iron John (and thought it funny that they basically made him into an Incredible Hulk/Colossus type character). I liked how the different princesses all had their own personalities but there were times where their acting could have been better. The plot was pretty interesting but though it started off pretty good, it kind of fell apart towards the end and got too predictable. The special effects were decent and I did like how the princesses’ powers reflected their names & stories, particularly Rapunzel having an iron ball attached to the end of her hair to use as a weapon. It’s worth watching but since they set it up, I hope they do a better job with the story in the sequel.
Rating: 3 out of 5