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With: Miranda Richardson, Kristin Kreuk, Karin Konoval, Tom Irwin, Vera Farmiga, Tyron Leitso, Michael Gilden, Mark J. Trombino, Vincent Schiavelli, Penny Blake, Martin Klebba, Warwick Davis, Michael J. Anderson, Clancy Brown, Milana Orchard
Written by: Caroline Thompson, Julie Hickson, from the story by The Brothers Grimm
Directed by: Caroline Thompson
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 93
Date: 10/28/2001

Snow White (2001)

3 Stars (out of 4)

Apple a Day

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Fairy-tale auteur Caroline Thompson, who broke into film with her inspired Edward Scissorhands screenplay, wrote and directed this new adaptation of the Grimm Brothers' Snow White for no less than TV's "The Wonderful World of Disney" -- yet she completely eradicates all the Disney-esque ideas established for the 1937 animated film. Thompson's directorial vision definitely takes a cue from Tim Burton, but with a more universal sweetness. The lovely Kristin Kreuk (from TV's "Smallville") plays Snow White to Miranda Richardson's contagiously wicked Queen Elspeth. Warwick Davis (Willow) and Michael J. Anderson (Twin Peaks) play two of the Seven Dwarves, now named after the days of the week, and each carrying the powers of the seven colors of the rainbow. While perfectly kid-safe, this version of Snow White drinks more deeply of the story's dark elements -- the queen keeping control of Snow White's father with a piece of enchanted glass embedded in his eye, making the king dine on what appears to be stew made of Snow White's brains, and introducing a gallery of demons and vicious magic spells. Artisan's DVD comes in a gorgeous full-screen transfer with cast and crew bios, a short featurette and Kristin Kreuk's Neutrogena commercial but no director commentary track.

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