By Julie Wu
You look very fetching in mail.
—The Huntsman to Snow White
I recently took a roundtrip flight directly from JFK toTaipei. That’s 15 hours each way, enough time in one seat to induce post-traumatic stress disorder in most people. But I am not most people. I am a mother of small children, and on this flight I had my own TV screen with my own menu of movies and my own remote. This privilege was, by itself, almost worth the cost of the flight.
I watched Snow White and the Huntsman, The King’s Speech, and Inception. I recognized that of the three, Snow White was not technically the best. But it was the only one I watched both to and from Taipei in entirety because, actually, I couldn’t get it out of my mind. (I did watch the opening of Inception two or three times just to figure out what the heck happened.)
What was it about Snow White that captured me? Was it the gorgeous, fantastical visuals? Well, they were dazzling, though I could have done without the androgynous fairies, the cute little bunnies, and the computer-compiled dwarves who deprived eight real height-challenged actors of a life-changing opportunity. Was it the love story? I very much enjoyed the twist in this, too, and the fact that this movie’s definition of true love required something deeper than the usual physical infatuation that is so sadly prevalent in movies, fairy tales and yes, novels, too.
What really got me though, I think, was that Snow White is a great heroine. She’s everything I wished my heroines were when I was growing up. Yes, she’s beautiful, but she doesn’t seem to [Read more...]