June 13th, 2012

radioactive panda

Black (Widow) and (Snow) White

I had plans to go see Snow White and the Huntsman (aka "SWATH") on Friday, when Jerry was off seeing Prometheus with Pyro & company (which I think I'm interested in seeing, but they were seeing it in 3-D and I've decided that I don't want to see movies in 3-D anymore unless it's integral to their schtick). But I stayed a little late at work and ran out of cope, so I stayed home and chopped vegetables instead.

So I decided to go Sunday afternoon instead, and through conversational happenstance, ended up going not just with Jerry, but also Chris & Todd and with Rosemary. So that was nice! (Afterwards Chris & Todd took us to Smashburger for belated birthday celebration. Thanks, guys!)

Anyway, the movie: I'd heard that the plot and acting were kinda enh, but the visuals were gorgeous, so I went in expecting that and was not disappointed. It is indeed a very pretty movie, and there's a fair bit of storytelling done with just visuals. (And the movie doesn't spoonfeed you every last detail, which I always appreciate.) The pacing for all that gorgeousness is kinda slow. Charlize Theron chews the scenery like nobody's business, while Kristen Stewart's acting range runs from A to B. She does have more than one expression; I believe I counted three by the end of the movie. If they'd cast a kind of plain-looking actress with charisma and presence as the lead, I think it could have been amazing.

But I liked how feminist this retelling was. Collapse )

Now, there are plenty of ways in which the movie is also kinda problematic, but the big picture view is that they took a story about an incredibly passive girl and made it into a story about a young woman who does things. It may not be great, but it is better. And that was refreshing.

Speaking of refreshing and feminist, remember how I was talking about how Black Widow is the most central character in The Avengers and not just walking fan service and how that was really nice? I read a VERY interesting pair of blog posts about how not everyone sees it that way, and why that might be happening, that I recommend to you:

The Superhero Men Don't See: Evidence
Scarlett Johansson in a Gorilla Suit: The Superhero Mundanes Don't See