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Snow White: The Fairest of Them All (2001)

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Snow White's mother dies during childbirth, leaving baby Snow and father John for dead on an icy field, who then receives a visit from one of Satan's representatives, granting him three wishes.

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Born from a drop of blood in a flutter of apple blossoms, and framed in ebony, a young girl named Snow White becomes the blessing of a loving peasant couple, John and Josephine. But with her birth comes a curse and the end of her mother's life. Left alone with an infant daughter, John braves a brutal winter in search of food for his starving angel. Salvation comes unexpectedly when the father's tears melt the frozen tomb of a bewitched creature, the Green-Eyed One. In thanks, the insinuating beast grants John three wishes: nourishment for Snow White, a kingdom in which to raise his family and a queen by his side. But John's cause for celebration is short-lived. For the Green-Eyed One has devious plans for the well-being of his own family. Owing his loathsome spellcasting daughter, Elspeth, a long-awaited wish, he encourages her desires for appointment to the throne. A kingdom to rule is hers for the waiting, the new King John is hers for the belittling and a luscious little ... Written by John Nickolaus <nickolausj@yahoo.com>

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The prince-turned-bear plot is actually taken from "Snow-White and Rose-Red", another German fairy tale also collected by the Brothers Grimm. See more »

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Queen Elspeth: [Still in guise of Josephine after poisoning Snow white] Mirror mirror in my hand, 'now' who's the fairest in the land?
[Image of Josephine's face emerges from mirror and replies "I am, I am, I'm the fairest in the land."]
Queen Elspeth: Yes, yes of course you are, well of course you'd be. But not for long you poor, dear, dead little wifey.
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An enjoyable interpretation of an old favourite
23 April 2007 | by See all my reviews

This is a pretty good re-telling of the Brothers Grimm story, indeed one I'm sure they would have been pleased with, whereas they would hardly have recognised the Disney version which was made purely to entertain young children. Here we have a movie the whole family can watch and enjoy on many levels.

It was shot in some stunning locations, and the photography is superb. The special effects, in particular the use of the magic mirror(s), are also top notch. There are excellent performances by Miranda Richardson as the menacing, calculating, and very beautiful step-mother, and Vera Farmiga as Snow White's birth mother, although we don't see nearly enough of the latter. The oddball assortment of 'dwarfs' provide much of the comic action with their hilarious antics and valiant efforts to save the day.

The big let down for me was the weak and distant performances by Kristin Kreuk in the title role, and Tom Irwin as her father.

All in all very enjoyable, well worth looking out for. I rate it 8/10.


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