Not totally sure I understand where this recent Snow White revival is coming from (in April, we had the diverting Mirror Mirror, with a game Julia Roberts as the evil queen), but to be honest, I’m kinda glad it’s over.
Of course, the fairy tale still resonates, but it has a somewhat awkward message for these modern times, especially when repackaged as a girl power fantasy. No matter how you slice it—and in this film, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) dons chain mail and gives a St Crispin’s Day-style speech before leading her troops into battle—it’s still a movie about a woman who will do anything to stay youthful and beautiful, including kill off all young female comers. In other words, beauty is the most important power, perhaps the only power, a woman can wield. Uh . . .yay?
Anyway, this remix has certain things in common with Mirror Mirror—both films are art directed within an inch of their lives, and both could fill a museum with their beautiful, if somewhat sterile, set pieces—but while Mirror Mirror was campy and winking (Nathan Lane was the Queen’s right hand man—enough said), Snow White and the Huntsman is as dark and serious as a poison apple.