By: Ranny Levi, Founder of Kids First!
A good story can be well-told different ways. Wicked made a big splash giving an alternative understanding of Dorothy’s and Oz’s Wicked Witch of the West. Japanese Noh theater includes plays in which an action is retold from the point of view of each character. In Universal Pictures’ release Snow White and the Huntsman — which KIDS FIRST! youth film critic Anthony Aranda (age 10) says it’s “awesome” — director Rupert Sanders and writers Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini revisit the story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. For more than seven decades, the story has had the Walt Disney stamp of a fun children’s animation (Disney released the classic animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs in 1937), but its previous roots are in the stories collected by the Brothers Grimm, which hold a more sinister atmosphere than today’s “fairy tale” versions. Snow White and the Huntsman recreates that strong atmosphere of evil vs. good with all the fury that today’s audiences are used to in tales of magic and the supernatural. You should be aware that it is rated PG-13 for good reasons. There are intense sequences of violence and action and brief sensuality. No actual blood and guts are shown but we do see people impaled by swords, hear lines such as “chop ‘em up and feed ‘em to the wolves,” see a very dark version of the evil queen and a Snow White who isn’t the sweet young thing of the past. One of our 10-year-old youth critics reviews the film below and he suggests it for ages 10 and up. Please use your discretion.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Reviewed by Anthony Aranda
Video Review here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlgea-Rw3Jc
Snow and White and the Huntsman is an awesome new movie. I think this movie is great because it has lots of action and a little romance.
This move is all about Snow White, who had a happy life until her mother died and then the king found a new wife who turns out to be an evil queen. She locks Snow White away and the kingdom is very unhappy.
The main characters are Snow White (played by Kristen Stewart), the seven dwarfs, The Huntsman (played by Chris Hemsworth), the king, and the evil queen (Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron). My favorite characters are Snow White and The Huntsman because Snow White does not want to be killed so she stands up for herself and The Huntsman tries to save her. My favorite part in the movie is when Snow White and The Huntsman are in the village and he leaves and a little while later there are flaming arrows that come at the wood buildings so the houses start to burn down. This scene has a lot of action and suspense.
I would recommend this movie for ages 10 and up because I’m 10 and I loved this movie. I think that younger children might not like it because it is kind of violent and would scare them. This movie comes out in theaters on June 1st.