Monday, 27 February 2012


Heard the one about the magic mirror, the poisoned apple and the seven dwarves? Or in this case, the six dwarves and the creepy subway guy from Ghost (1990)? Miranda Richardson, nominated for two Academy Awards, winner of two Golden Globes (with seven nominations, possibly by the dwarves) and a BAFTA during her glittering career, stars in this made for television extravaganza. Where did it all go wrong?

Snow White's mother dies during childbirth, leaving baby Snow (Kristen Kreuk) and father John (Tom Irwin) to surely meet a similar fate as they attempt to escape the freezing conditions until a visit from one of Satan's representatives grants the grieving parent three wishes.

His first wish is milk for his hungry child. For his second he hastily agrees for a kingdom to rule. After being told it's impossible to raise the dead - his wife - he reluctantly agrees to his third and final wish, a new Queen.

He marries Elspeth (Richardson); the once-hideous sister of Satan's agent, whose desire to be "the fairest of them all" ultimately leads her to conspire to kill any rival to the title. Snow White is forced to run away into the forest where she finds protection and shelter with a band of peculiar little men (and a big creepy one)...

(To read the full review click on either image)

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