Florence Breathes Life Into Disappointing Snow White

 

This year’s second “Snow White” adaptation is about to hit theaters… and it’s a disappointment, I’m sad to say. First-time director Rupert Sanders has fashioned an often attractive film (with a few visual touches that may remind some of Tarsem Singh, who directed this year’s other version of the fairy tale, Mirror Mirror), but everything in it is overheated. Which, on the other hand, is often the case also in Singh’s movies. At least Snow White and the Huntsman has a good song playing over the end credits, Florence + The Machine’s “Breath of Life”. Watch the video above. 

Originally collected and written down by the Grimm brothers in 1812, the fairy tale has inspired many movies. The best by far remains Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), but there was an attempt in 1997 to escape the Disney “cuteness” and get back to the Grimm origins in a TV movie starring Sigourney Weaver that was called Snow White: A Tale of Terror. If this latest dark take becomes a box-office failure, I guess it will take some time before the Disney treatment is challenged again. 

Snow White and the Huntsman opens in U.S. theaters on Friday. Here’s my take.

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