An Analysis of "The 10th Kingdom"
This epic tale from the Emmy-winning writer of Gulliver's Travels was a ratings bust on television, but on video and DVD, where it can be enjoyed at one's leisure, it has a better chance to cast its magical spell. Kimberly Williams has never been more enchanting than as Virginia, a waitress who still lives with her janitor father and yearns for something exciting to happen to her. Her wish comes true when she and her father are transported from New York City into a dimension that can only be called the Fairy Tale Zone; nine kingdoms populated by characters from fairy tales. They team up with a dog who's really a prince--Wendell, grandson of Snow White--changed into canine form by the evil Queen, who plots to usurp Wendell's throne. Father, daughter, and his royal dogness are relentlessly pursued through the nine kingdoms by the Troll King, Relish, and his three bumbling and horrible children, the huntsmen, and the conflicted Wolf who is allied with the Queen but, with the aid of some self-help books, tames his inner beast and falls in love with Virginia.
There is indeed magic to behold here.
Poor sweet, conflicted Wolf. The struggle between the human and wolf that's going on within him is evident in everything he does, but perhaps the genetic technicalities are not the only reason for this conflict. His grandfather (the infamous wolf who tried to eat Little Red Riding Hood) and his parents all came to untimely ends. I feel this goes to the heart of his character; his family seems to be fated, and he doesn't want to end up the same way. This heightens the conflict within him: his human side realizes what the wolf side is doing, and doesn't...