For some reason, Snow White was really hot in 2012. Everywhere we turned there she was, in our faces, reminding us just who was fairest of them all.
Mirror, Mirror – Starring Lily Collins and Julia Roberts
Have you seen this? I thought it was totally cute, but not at all what I expected. It tells the story we’re all familiar with, Snow White and her evil stepmother, but that’s pretty much where the similarities end. Snow White, tired of being locked in the castle, defies her stepmother and leaves the castle. While in the woods, she runs into Prince Alcott – who, in this story, is the huntsman as well as the handsome prince. Little does Snow White know that Prince Alcott is on his way to HER castle. Snow White’s stepmother, who has run the kingdom into financial ruin, realizes that Prince Alcott comes from a wealthy kingdom and plans to marry him. Snow White joins the seven dwarfs, the Prince thinks she is in league with them (oh, they happen to be bandits). There is action, revenge, and deception. It’s not like any Snow White you’ve seen before.
One thing I REALLY liked about this movie was that Snow White wasn’t some helpless idiot girl who kept falling for tricks and had to wait around for someone to kiss her. She’s not afraid to fight, she helps to defeat the bad guy and eventually wins the day. It’s a great twist on a familiar story.
Snow White and the Huntsman – Starring Kristen Stewart, Charlene Theron
This was touted as a huge, blockbuster movie. And really, I guess it was. I personally didn’t enjoy it as much as I wanted. Like Mirror, Mirror, Snow White and the Huntsman tells a story we’re familiar with. Like in the original fairy tale, the Huntsman defies the queen’s wishes and doesn’t kill Snow White, but in this story the Huntsman only defies the queen because she cannot deliver what she promised – to revive his dead wife. Snow White and the Huntsman escape and set out on an adventure!
Okay, it’s really not so much a fun adventure as it is escaping for their lives and realizing that only Snow White can defeat the evil queen. Which…. I sort of loved. I had total reservations about KStew in this role. She managed to play helpless, pathetic Snow White perfectly… but then evolved into this shockingly badass Snow White that managed to rally the troops and save the day! Huzzah!
My only complaint – and it’s really what ruined the movie for me – is that there was no character development. Everyone seemed to fall flat towards the end. It was like the passed over developing the characters for developing all the special effects.
Once Upon a Time – Starring Ginnifer Godwin
Uh… so this may be my super duper favorite show right now. I WILL NOT miss it (unless I have something else going on). While the story features just about every fairy tale and Disney story you can think of, taking center stage is that of Snow White. The basis of the story is Snow White’s stepmother curses Fairy Tale world and transport them to a city in our world where the characters have no clue of their fairy tale past. It’s kind of awesome. In series of flashbacks we see what happened in Fairy Tale world that brought them to their current state.
What I really love best is seeing all the actiony women in the stories. Snow White was, at one point, an outlaw. Little Red Riding Hood was actually the wolf (sorry, spoiler!) and her grandmother was a wolf hunter. Belle was awesome. My most recent favorite was Jack, from Jack and the Beanstalk, was a girl! Truly, this show is so much fun and the plot is still fresh and exciting. I love all the incorporating of the different tales, not only traditional fairy tales but favorite children’s stories, mythology, and Mulan!
Have you seen any of these? What are your thoughts?