Yes, I actually sat down and watched this dreadful Snow White adaptation.
I have no idea why I decided it was a good idea to watch a second time, but it was free through LoveFilm.co.uk so I figured why not. I think I had recently watched ‘Snow White and the Huntsman‘ and have become addicted to the television show ‘Once Upon a Time‘, so that could account for it.
For comparison purposes, of course.
Of course, now I wish I’d watched something else instead. 😉
The ‘premise’ of the film, according to Julia Roberts‘ horribly-accented opening monologue (not sure what she was trying for there), is that the story is supposed to be told from the Evil Queen’s point of view. Except it isn’t.. which might have been something different and unique.
Instead, between bits of cardboard-‘acting’ by the aforementioned Ms Roberts and Nathan Lane (who is usually much funnier than this), we see Snow White (Lily Collins) meet her future Prince Charming (Armie Hammer) just before bunking in with the dwarfs as per the normal story.
Firstly, nothing against the casting of Collins and Hammer as Snow and Charming respectively. They were adequate enough, though a bit dull if you ask me. Isn’t Snow White supposed to beguile us through her innocence and sweet demeanor, making us all fall in love with her? And isn’t Prince Charming supposed to be, well, charming?
Not in this movie. She’s more of a tom-boy and he just seems… wimpy. hapless, cheesy and ineffectual. In fact, she beats him in a sword fight.
But the worse casting choice has got to be the robotic Ms Roberts herself. The Evil Queen is supposed to vain, wicked and just plain EVIL, but instead she exudes wholesomeness and purity every time she smiles, just like she does in every movie she makes.
And for whatever reason it seems like she’s trying to play it for laughs or something.. Even when she’s supposed to be ‘angry’ or ‘vengeful’, it just seems so.. nice.
I thought the dwarfs were probably the best part of the entire movie. They were more unique and not the cliched stereotypes from the normal story.. and they even had different names and somewhat different personalities.
Ok, maybe not that different. 🙂
The action scenes with them were fantastic and well choreographed (especially the Queen’s marionette attack).
*Shake it off. Shake it off.*
Right.. where was I..
This movie was easily made with the kiddie audience in mind, which is fine. However, I think it missed an opportunity to bring the adults into the foray just like other kid-centric movies have recently (best examples, see ‘Wreck-It Ralph‘ or ‘Up‘). I could easily imagine my sisters or nieces loving something like this .. when they were about 10 or 11 years old.
Ok.. maybe 8 or 9. LOL
Oh.. and that Bollywood dance number at the end of the movie? Too bizarre for words.. Made absolutely no sense at all and definitely didn’t fit the movie itself. Was like it was tacked on just for the sake of it.