Charlize Theron is having a banner year. Having launched her career into the stratosphere with an academy award win several years ago in Monster, this summer she is reaping the benefits of two hit movies in theaters simultaneously: Snow White and the Huntsman and Prometheus – the prequel to the Alien franchise.
As a hopeless romantic, Charlize pulled me in with Snow White. As a sci-fi aficionado, (and being easy on the eyes to boot), she pulled my Husband Gary in with Prometheus.
I expected Snow White and the Huntsman to be a dark, dreary, drony drive through a fable that has already been rehashed once this year, albeit through a comedic vein. What I ended up experiencing instead was a smart, well-crafted film that highlights the struggle between deeper meaning of loyalty and character versus the shallowness of beauty and selfishness.
Theron, who takes a turn as the evil queen obsessed by her own aging for which she uses black magic as a way to stave off her fading beauty, does well in the departure from the pretty blonde who is typically more likely to be cast as a good witch than a bad witch. I highly doubt Theron would have been cast in this role without having given us the nastiness of Monster. Kristen Stewart is perfectly cast as the young Snow – dark and brooding, seething with determination to avenge her father’s murder and save her people from the dark queen who has taken life itself from the kingdom. A great vehicle for her post-Twilight mania.
I was especially impressed with the script, whose writers wisely resisted the temptations at every turn to clutch at clichés or use blatancy to tell the already familiar story. More importantly, this film – like Salt, Hunger Games and Prometheus –is an example of an emerging trend: The birth of the Heroine. Women are driving box office sales like never before, and the girl hero is a refreshingly inspiring theme.
Snow White and the Huntsman is a new take on an old story – unlike the original, the romance and contents of her heart are revealed, but the love story is told in subtle nods and gestures and has very little to do with Snow’s redemption. In the end, she saves her self which is an important message for all of us. After all, isn’t the relationship we have with ourselves the most important human relationship of all?
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