Movie Classification: M
Recommended Ages: 13 +
Running time: 127 minutes
Music composer: James Newton Howard
I like fairy tales. I like them twisted and I like the way people are adding interest to them these days. I was very much looking forward to watching this. Was it good? Yes, it was.
The beginning had me thoroughly creeped out. Not only was the queen the most chilling “Snow White’s Evil Stepmother” I have ever seen, but she did it so well. I started to get a little worried about exactly how dark it was going to get when she ate the heart out of a bird. It reminded me a lot of Star Dust which I tried to watch when I was younger, but got quite disturbed. On a level of creepiness, it’s not a fairy tale for kids, and it’s rated M for a reason. Saying that, it was so well done it was perfect.
I loved the costumes and settings. It felt so medieval. So convincing. The soundtrack was perfect, the acting great. I’ve heard a lot of bad things about Kristen Stewart (Snow White) because of Twilight (which I haven’t seen, so I won’t judge it). Apparently, she wasn’t the best actress or something. I tend to be skeptical of that; she did so well in this movie that I was sure impressed. And the evil queen Ravenna was just so plain evil. That actress was amazing.
The inevitable love triangle (but no prince. Funny that, for a fairy tale. A love triangle with no prince. Anyway) came, and it wasn’t all that…well resolved. Probably not even that necessary, between all the epic battles, they didn’t have time to really bring it out. There was also a section in the middle of the movie that felt…unnecessary and out of place. From what I’ve gathered, they based the movie on a book. I guess that’s why it was there.
Plenty of action and violence. Leaves Mirror Mirror for dead in excitement wise. (Would you believe they’re making another Snow White? After these two? Another Snow White!) It’s quite graphic, and there’s blood and hallucinations and the like. A lot of suspense. A really good movie. And all the special effects are frighteningly realistic.
I loved this movie. I’d easily see it again.