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“A woman-of-color who writes poetry or paints or dances or makes movies knows there is no escape from race or gender when she is writing or painting. She can’t take off her color and sex and leave them at the door or her study or studio. Nor can she leave behind her history. Art is about identity, among other things, and her creativity is political.”

June 15 2012, 10:38 PM

so i went to see snow white and the huntsman

and i will try to be coherent (which does not include proper capitalization apparently) but mostly i am underwhelmed. i love movies that have ample room for head canon but what i was sold was a movie about snow white being trained in the art of war and what i got was one scene telling her where to put a knife (and also such a weak scene, totally glossed over the fact that she spent at least ten years in a cell and that there was no way she was going to be able to puncture all the necessary tissue/sinew/flesh to get to the heart).  there’s a lot of really awesome potential (snow/huntsman - I SHIP IT)…but that’s where the gold lies: in it’s potential.

which means the movie failed. :(

on the other hand, charlize theron clearly carried the movie and ravenna was in a lot of ways the most compelling character. i think it’s really easy to villainize her or to write her off as simply the villain when there is clearly so much more going on and her desire for power stems from a very real desire to protect herself. and the way she does it is born out of her mother telling her at a very key and traumatic point in her life that her beauty will protect her. without her beauty, she’s vulnerable. this is not simply her clinging to the beauty paradigm of her setting- this is her being raised to believe that only if she plays to the pinnacle of it (does that make sense) is she going to remain safe.

i am petering off because i’ve been up since 6:30a but i have other thoughts and will probably post them later but

snow white wasn’t bad.

it was just not good.