Thursday, September 13, 2012

Day 263

movie: Snow White and the Huntsman
starring: Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron
genre: Adventure
year: 2012
format: Shaw Video On Demand

plot: After killing the King on their wedding night, a new Queen imprisons her step-daughter for ten years.  One day, Snow White manages to escape into the dark woods and plots revenge.

I loved one major change they made in this story.  Instead of having her a witch like they always do in the Disney versions, they made her a vampire.

This is a mix of the traditional Snow White story with Robin Hood and the historical Elizabeth Bathory.
The addition of the "dark woods"  which are filled with ... magic mushrooms... that cause everyone to have deadly hallucinations reminded me of Princess Bride and their Fire Swamp.
The idea that anyone who touches the mushrooms causes the pollen to escape into the air, causing the hallucinations was a brilliant touch of reality to the entire fairy tale.
There is also a scene where a white stag, which represents the god Herne, blesses Snow White in the middle of the woods.

There is a small subplot about the childhood of the Queen, but it's never really delved into and it leaves some confusion and questions.  (I know the commercials for the DVD/Blu-Ray promise extended versions, but I don't think that the SVOD version I saw had any extra scenes which might be why the backstory seemed out of place)

what do I think I learned from this film?
Trust no one. And when a god blesses you, understand you have a massive life changing responsibility.

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