Bad Movies Beware!
This movie, from the front cover, looked like it was going to stink. I already cannot tolerate Disney’s Snow White’s voice because its bubbliness makes me want to choke her out. I was pleasantly surprised at how well-done this rendition of the tale was. It stars Sigourney Weaver as the wicked stepmother and Sam Neil as the king. Both are great actors, and Sigourney is as wicked as she can be. The spin is that it takes place during the Crusades, and actually mentions them in the dialogue. The characters are Catholic, which most of Europe was at the time, and many of the historical traditions were observed, such as the ceremony of consummating a marriage. The Dwarves are actually miners that live in the woods and are borderline criminal, working merely to survive the harshness of nature. The queen’s mirror is homicidal, thus making the queen a serial killer, and the body count stacks as Snow White grows into a teenager. Snow, herself, is no longer a sweet, kindly princess who can do no wrong. Rather, she is beautiful but down-to-earth and very real. There are moments in the movie that are unnerving, such as the scenes when the queen is talking to the mirror while holding her stillborn baby, but it ends up taking more than a prince to off the chick, and Snow chooses to go after the witch herself. The acting was surprisingly good, and the turns in the storyline are different from the original story, but not a complete basterdization.
Verdict: Give it a look! Not movie of the year, but well-played!