Director: Pablo Berger
Original Release: 2012
Choice: My Wife's
My Overall Rating: 3 stars out of 5
After we went to see the latest Thor movie, Mock, Drama Guy and I discussed the bigness of films these days. All of the big budget epics are CGIed up the wazoo and it would be nice to see someone find a different approach. Exploring the possibilities of black-and-white seems a promising direction. Blancanieves is definitely a modern film but the homage to another era is effective and refreshing. I assumed the project was inspired in part by The Artist but Berger had already storyboarded his movie before he knew anything about the other film. He was furious that someone had beaten him to the punch on the idea.
My favorite unexpected treat was the name of the bull calf Blancanieves is scheduled to "fight" in the big arena in Seville: Ferdinando. That's almost surely a tribute to Munro Leaf's children's book, The Story of Ferdinand. It's a nice touch, particularly given the fact that Leaf wasn't even Spanish. He was from Baltimore.
- The film was released with a PG-13 rating in the United States for violence and sexuality.
- Evil Step-Mom is into S&M. Blancanieves sees her riding on her lover's back and putting him on a leash - nothing graphic but there's no missing the point. It all goes over Blancanieves's head and it did for Our Girl, too.