FILM: Snow White and the Huntsman

Fantasy Film ReflectionsForget much of what you learned as a child about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. That story was written to provide yet another avenue for a woman to be rescued by a fair prince. It’s up there with all the other stories I disliked and Disney branded as the perfect little girl’s tale.

Even at a young age I realised how silly the stories were. Who would choose to marry someone because they brought a shoe that fit their foot or because they kissed and woke them from a deep slumber? All the princesses were subservient to men. They dressed in fancy dresses, were helpless and were destined to serve their males.

Snow White and the Huntsman delivers more of a realistic tale—as fantasy films go. Snow White doesn’t do it alone, but neither is she a helpless maiden who keeps house for dwarves. This Snow White can actually sword fight and leads an army to reclaim what is rightfully hers: her castle.

While I watched this film, I couldn’t help but compare it to the old tale of long ago. I wondered how the wicked step-mother would take control of the castle and what the huntsman would do to deliver Snow White to freedom.

I also kept wondering how the dwarves would fit into the new tale. Would Snow White take refuge with them for x-amount of years? Anyone who has seen the new version of the story knows this did not happen.

Personally the involvement of the dwarves seemed awkward. They were meant to be there only because they appeared in the original tale, but the writers couldn’t quite make them legitimate. And then one is killed and we (and Snow White) are all supposed to feel deep sorrow for someone we hardly knew. She was to take up arms because of a stranger? Perhaps.

The movie seemed a bit disjointed, and there were a few instances that I wondered: Why?

Such as when—for no reason—Snow White is seen wandering through the forest alone. Is she out looking for a place to pee or…and then she meets up with Prince William who has joined her entourage to see her safely to his father’s castle. After a little chit chat and an apple exchange, Snow White is struggling to stay conscious.

You guessed it. It’s not William but the wicked queen with the poison apple. The real William is still sleeping back with the rest. So I must ask, “Why was Snow White wandering around the forest alone, while everyone slept, knowing forces were out to capture and kill her?”

Oh, it’s one of those horror movie scenes where the young woman leaves the safety of her home to investigate a noise in the backyard, and it’s a dark and stormy night, and she just heard on the radio that a psycho escaped from a nearby prison, and he’s in the neighbourhood.

As Snow White falls dead (i.e. deep slumber) from the apple’s poison, Prince William delivers a gentle kiss which fails to awaken the sleeping princess. Ah, true love’s magical kiss (just like in Enchanted) has changed lips.

The Short Trailer

Prince William, the remaining dwarves and the Huntsman deliver Snow White to the castle in which William’s father—Duke Hammond—controls. While lying alone in a castle room, the Huntsman Eric professes his love for Snow White, who he says reminds him of his late wife. Before leaving, he kisses her, breaking the queen’s wicked spell.

Snow White calls the army to take up arms and attack the queen’s castle to reclaim it as her own. They do take up arms, and they do retake the castle. In the end, Snow White is crowned queen. As she looks out over the crowd she spots the Huntsman and they exchange knowing glances.

This left me wondering: Will there be a sequel?

From Snow White and the Huntsman Wiki it appears there will be in 2015.

The movie left me with a feeling of sadness for Prince William. He’s not at all like the other prince charmings. He’s actually likable, and he never gave up hope of finding Snow White. He fought bravely to save her. But it looks as though he’ll be left out of the party when Snow White chooses the rowdy Huntsman as her partner.

The Long Trailer

Overall I enjoyed the film. The actors put on a good show. I hadn’t seen any of them in any other films, so they were all fresh and new to me. After researching for this review, I see that this is not the first film for many. Personally I enjoy watching new actors—of names I do not know—in films. They carry no baggage or impressions.

The Huntsman is more rugged, and he plays Thor in another movie. Which means he must be tough and honourable.

Promotional Poster found on the web at IMP Awards.

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4 thoughts on “FILM: Snow White and the Huntsman

  1. Great analogy Diane! Fairytales are what magical fantasies fulfill little girl’s minds to aspire to, the newer versions are for them to learn what happens in real life. 🙂 Happy New Year my friend! 🙂

    • Yes, Debby, I suppose so. But I was never the little girl in dresses and pretty shoes. I was the tomboy in jeans and sneakers, racing through the woods with a spear in hand and a homemade bow strung over my shoulder. I aspired for adventure, not marriage. These aspirations haven’t changed in forty years, and I don’t suspect they ever will. Once the kids are grown, I’m off to see more adventures.

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