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We all know the story of Snow White, right?  Innocent girl, wicked stepmother seven dwarves (or eight if you watch Once Upon a Time), noble huntsman, handsome prince, poison apple, true love’s kiss?  Director Rupert Sanders takes this familiar fairy tale and gives it amazing special effects, excellent action sequences, and some clever plot twists, but does he do justice to the main character?

I don’t think so.  I enjoyed the movie; I liked that he stayed true to the basic framework of the story while adding subtle twists that kept it from being predictable.  As a Once Upon a Time fan, I appreciated the Troll Bridge scene probably more than the screenplay writers expected.  There is a lot to recommend this movie, including the background of the Evil Queen. Sanders did this incredibly well, showing us what led her on this path and showing us how truly wicked she became.

With Snow White, though, he chose to tell us why she was important rather than show us, and that’s what dropped this movie from amazing to OK.  Sure, we were given glimpses into Snow’s effect on those around her, but it wasn’t enough for me.  I wanted to believe in her ability to lead as much as I believed in the Queen’s ability to conjure dark magic.  It seemed like Sanders took that belief for granted, that our being familiar with the fairy tale and that having a few character observations sprinkled throughout would be enough to seal the deal.  It wasn’t enough for me.  I enjoyed it, but I wasn’t wowed.

Have you been to see this movie?  If so, what were your favorite moments?  Least favorite moments?  What did you think of Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen?  Kristen Stewart as Snow White?

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