When the princess Snow White's father is murdered by his new bride, the witch queen Ravenna, Snow White is locked away in a tower while Ravenna brings ruin and starvation to the kingdom. The day the magic mirror portends Snow White's beauty as surpassing the queen's, Ravenna orders her death. Snow White escapes into the dark forest where she is pursued by the queen's huntsman. The huntsman is a depressed drunkard who has given up on life because his wife was killed by the queen's men. He blames himself for ever letting her out of his sight and not protecting her (I'm gonna puke). He and Snow White team up with a bunch of ragamuffin dwarves who are far from the kind little caricatures we're used to . Most all of them are grumpy and suspicious except for the random blind one (Bob Hoskins) and the nice happy ginger one. Then Snow White is tricked by the queen and eats an apple that puts her under a spell, blah blah blah. But this time, when Snow White is awakened by true love's first kiss (???), she leads a band of escaped vigilantes into battle against the evil queen.
|Bob Hoskins is second from the right.|
|Kristen Stewart as Snow White|
|What a sparkling personality!|
|Ooh! I'm so NOT scared!|
Charlize Theron as Ravenna
I left the theatre this weekend feeling angry and discouraged. Discouraged that Hollywood seems so totally incapable of producing a viable female hero. I have to keep reminding myself of Katniss Everdeen and THE HUNGER GAMES. That film gives me so much hope because I know it can be done! But how they can come so close with a concept like SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN and still fall into every cliched trap that keeps the female protagonist from becoming a truly great, well-rounded heroin? And just forget about the Bechdel Test in this one, folks. I could go into more detail about how the film is entirely based on the premise of female physical beauty, that the two female characters are necessarily rivals, one of them inherently evil and the other an ideal of the most unrealistic proportions, etc. etc. - but I'm just too tired and sick of it all to think about it any more.