As well as introducing new aspects to the character of the Evil Queen, the filmmakers of Mirror Mirror have re-created Snow White. Instead of the passive character of the traditional fairy tale, this Snow White is a brave, swashbuckling leader to the bandit dwarves, who rescues her Prince rather than waiting for him to rescue her!
- Look closely at the following images. What do these images suggest about the representation of Snow White?
- How does she appear different from traditional representations? Think about shot composition, mise en scène and the gesture, posture and expression of the actors.
- Why do you think the filmmakers have chosen to represent Snow White in this way? What does it suggest about audience expectations?
Make a list of heroines and princesses from other fairy tales. How could these characters be similarly adapted to create heroines suitable for twenty-first century audiences?