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My Birthday Weekend & Snow White and the Huntsman

So, today was my birthday. It wasn’t a milestone one or anything, but I still felt the need to take the entire weekend (Friday-Sunday) off work for it.

I try to pretend that having people acknowledge or celebrate my birthday isn’t that big of a deal, because in previous years the day has gone by without a mention of it from anyone other than immediate family, but secretly (or not so secretly anymore), I love being told “Happy Birthday.”

One year, not even that happened, as everyone was focused on a wedding happening just a few days after, and things were too hectic for anyone to remember to say even a quick “Happy Birthday.” Having a summer birthday has caused me to get the shaft over the years, as school is usually out, and many times my “party” as a kid was a shared event with whatever relative was graduating, getting married, and even family reunions.

While I didn’t do anything too crazy or spectacular this year, it was probably one of the best I’ve had in the last several years.

The highlights included going out to dinner/lunch with a couple different groups of people, spending some time with my parents, and being able to see Snow White and the Huntsman, which came out on Friday. Later this week, my older sister is making a special Dr Who themed cake for me, so if you are in the area and want to stop by and enjoy a slice, let me know as I’m sure there will be plenty to spare. ūüôā

To everyone who sent me messages (e-mail, text, Facebook and even Twitter) Thank You! It really means a lot to me to have someone take time out of their day (especially on a weekend day) to let me know they were thinking of me. And to anyone I actually spent time with, of course that means a lot to me too, the gift of your time really helped make my birthday special!

I don’t want to give too many spoilers about the Snow White movie, so I’ll try to keep my review brief and a little vague.

In anticipation of watching a newly revamped version of one of my favorite fairy tales (Cinderella will always be my true favorite) I watched the original Disney one the day before. Watching it as an adult made me realize that I must have missed a lot of the movie as a child, since most of it felt brand new.

Going into the new movie, I had some high expectations based on the previews I’d seen, but knew there was a possibility of being disappointed based on some of the casting decisions.

Namely Kristen Stewart.

I’ve mentioned my distaste for her acting skill in the past, and I’m still not sure how I really felt about her performance. There were some scenes that she did a fantastic job in, while others I felt were lacking¬†something.

Without a doubt, my favorite part of this film had to be the way it opened. From the first few minutes, I was completely absorbed in the story I was about to see.

Usually, you are brought into movies of this nature in the middle of the story, and it’s assumed that you know the backstory of the fairy tale. What I really loved about this version was that you were able to see how things were before the infamous Evil Queen enters into the equation, and how she actually is able to rise to power.

There were some other scenes throughout the film that I really enjoyed, and caused me to think about this traditional fairy tale in a new way.

I won’t go into too much detail or specifics, because I’d hate to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t seen it yet.

If you are a fan of the original story, I recommend giving this one a chance, but just be warned that you won’t be singing along to “Whistle While We Work,” ¬†with this version.

If you’ve already seen it, and want to share your thoughts, please feel free to leave a reply in the comments. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

 

Responses (4)

  1. Josh says:

    Best part of the movie was the beginning because Stewart didn’t speak! Also while I love Charlize Theron and can’t wait to see her in Prometheus I thought in a few scenes she was a little over the top with her crazy. Not to mention the whole story could have happened in about 30 mins which made the film seem like they were dragging it out. Over all I’d give it a 77%.

    • Katy says:

      Don’t you think 77% is a little high?
      One thing I learned about Stewart’s “acting” is that she has mastered the art of playing dead now. After re-watching the previews for Prometheus, I’m excited about it, and hope it isn’t disappointing.

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