Updated fairytale mystifies
Director: Tarsem Singh
A strange adaptation of a classic childhood movie.
After 106 minutes of watching a dark, modern version of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, I'm still not sure what the point was of this latest remake.
It loosely follows the original plot of the much-loved fable.
Snow White, an innocent teenage girl with a heart of gold, is trapped in the clutches of her vain, power-hungry stepmother, the Queen, who will stop at nothing to continue ruling her people with an iron fist.
Enter a rich, handsome prince who harmlessly flirts with the initially unsuspecting Snow White.
The evil Queen sees the Prince as her chance to marry a younger, wealthier man and get rid of Snow White once and for all.
There are several modern references to drag the tale into the 21st century, but I failed to connect with any of the main characters on an emotional level and so felt the movie just meandered to its inevitable conclusion.
Julia Roberts, as the Queen, is manipulative, but not evil, more unsure of herself, while Lily Collins was believable as Snow White but she had large eyebrows, which took away from her beauty and annoyed me throughout the film.
The seven dwarfs had wayward morals, but were loveable nonetheless, but their collective charm was not enough to salvage a film that lacked overall depth.
I was left underwhelmed by almost every aspect of this film.
The jokes, the scenery, the costumes all fell flat.
The 1937 animated Disney version still has my vote for best Snow White film.
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