We saw Snow White & The Huntsman on a date last weekend, and one word - WOW.
I came away from it with several thoughts.
1. Some parents ignore PG-13 labels.
One idiot couple (sorry, but it's true. Parents like this make me MAD) brought their 5 or 6 year old little girl in there. I wanted to tap them on the shoulder on the way out and say "Excuse me, you might as well sign her up for therapy now and put a sleeping bag next to your bed because she's going to be disturbed for life, afraid to sleep for weeks and will probably never set foot in Disney World." UGH.
2. Kristen Stewart can actually act (to a degree).
Twilight never really gave her a chance, but she does possess some acting skills (again, to a degree). At least she got a chance to try in this film. I liked her.
3. Charlize Theron makes a wicked awesome villian.
I was terrifed of her. And her obsession with hearts. (yuck. Several eye-closing scenes here) But what was really neat I noticed the writers did was the development of her character. As vile as she was, we actually respected her and understood her because they showed us WHY she had become the way she was. Sympathy for the villian! Nice! We got more of her backstory and motivation than we did Snow White's. (Again, Kristen Stewart keeps getting the shaft. She did decently representing pureness and light despite her opposite type roles in previous films, but I BET there could have been a better choice out there. Like, maybe Amanda Seyfried in a black wig)
4. Disney seriously redeemed a ton of fairy tales.
All the original ones, like Grimms, etc. are pretty dark, which this movie portayed, so yay Disney for making fairy tales fun. This was the real version of Snow White, in my opinion, but definitely not child-castle-cotton-candy-friendly.
5. I still get panicked when I miss curfew, just like I did as a teenager.
We got a babysitter (::AHEM:: to parents in #1) and I told my mom we should be back by 9:40 to get her. I thought the movie was 1 1/2 hours, and when we got out, we visited with a friend for a moment then started for our car. I asked Hubby what time it was and....10:30. I about freaked. Thankfully my parents had been having fun with Little Miss and didn't even really notice, but I still felt bad. Turned out I read the movie time of 127 minutes to mean about 47 minutes less than it meant. This is why I don't do math, folks.
Have you seen it? What'd you think?