Notable Cast Members: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Jordan Prentice, Mark Povinelli, Joe Gnoffo, Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno, Martin Klebba, Ronald Lee Clark
Overall Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ (rating rationale)
Plot Summary: Snow White (Lily Collins) was just a young girl when her father, the King, went into the woods and never returned. Her stepmother, the Queen (Julia Roberts), became Snow’s guardian and the ruler of the kingdom. On Snow’s eighteenth birthday, the servants within the castle encourage Snow to take hold of her life, finally leave the castle, and visit the people of the kingdom. While traveling, she runs into the Prince of Valencia (Armie Hammer), who had been robbed by “giant” bandits (the seven dwarves on stilts) and was in need of assistance. After helping him and his servant, she finally makes it to the town and is horrified by what she discovers: the townspeople are starving and constantly taxed by the Queen. Later the evening, at the ball, Snow tries to convince the Prince – who she learns has an army – to help her get rid of the Queen. Snow, who had been banned from the ball, is found out and questioned by the Queen. The Queen orders Brighton (Nathan Lane), her number one servant, to take Snow to the woods and kill her so she will not interfere with taxing the townspeople or the Queen’s plan to marry the rich Prince of Valencia, who is clearly smitten with Snow. Brighton, remembering her father as a wonderful man, can’t bring himself to kill her and lets her run free. Snow is taken in by the seven dwarves (Jordan Prentice, Mark Povinelli, Joe Gnoffo, Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno, Martin Klebba, and Ronald Lee Clark), who turn out to be thieves. Snow teaches them use their skills to help the townspeople rather than advance themselves, and they teach her how to fight. Together, Snow and the dwarves work to save the Prince and the kingdom from the Queen’s evil clutches.
Personal Thoughts: I really liked this film for several reasons:
- I loved the acting. Julia Roberts was superb as always, but it was a lot of fun to watch her play the villan rather than the protagonist. Lily Collins was perfect for the role of Snow White, pulling off the twist on the classic character brilliantly. Nathan Lane and Armie Hammer were excellent supporting cast members, adding healthy doses of humor as well as depth to their characters. The seven gentlemen acting as the dwarves were wonderful, definitely as individual actors but especially as an ensemble. I particularly enjoyed Jordan Prentice as Napoleon, Danny Woodburn as Grimm, and Mark Povinelli as Half Pint.
- The story was a quite fun take on the Snow White tale. I loved that this character of Snow was a lot more brave, courageous, and creative than past portrayals. She was ready to take initiative to protect her kingdom, her friends, and her prince, and did so with grace and class. I also liked how this film portrayed the idea of the magic mirror and how it interacts with the queen.
- I was truly blown away by the costumes and make-up. They added immensely to the telling of the story and were a pleasure to look at.
- The ending credits (I won’t give anything away, just watch!).
- Overall, I thought this movie was a ton of fun! As a young woman who loves cheesiness, fairy tales, and children’s movies, I greatly enjoyed it. However, I also appreciated it for the fact that it provides such a strong female lead for young girls in this version of Snow. I would have loved this movie when I was little!