Thursday, January 31, 2013

Snow White and the Huntsman

“...Have you visited the storehouses of the snow
    or seen the storehouses of hail?  
 (I have reserved them as weapons for the time of trouble,
    for the day of battle and war.)
Where is the path to the source of light?
    Where is the home of the east wind?..."
~Job 38:22-24 (New Living Translation)

Hello!  When I found this verse, I thought it was very beautiful and relevant to this post.  It's about Snow White.  The newer movie called Snow White and the Huntsman is much darker than the more light-hearted Mirror Mirror.  I enjoyed Mirror Mirror, but I also enjoyed this movie.  You just need the controllers to fast forward past the weird creepy scenes that the evil queen preforms.  Those scenes are unnecessary to the plot and if there were less of them, less critiques would be saying that the evil queen stole the stage of the movie.  Anyway, the reason why I enjoyed this movie a lot is because it shows that Fairy tales aren't just for children.  Tolkien said the same thing.  He himself began to embrace fairy stories more when he grew up than when he was a child (although he somewhat enjoyed them as a child also).
We need fairy stories because of the light it gives us and the hope.  If you have a handy controller to fast forward some of the darkness, you'll see the light better.
My favorite scene was when Snow White awakens.  Then she steps forth to give a beautiful speech that makes me cry.  Her speech is relevant to today.  The light that burns in us.  The embers must turn into fire.  It's very encouraging for Christians, even though the movie is probably not made by Christians.
Fairy tales/stories are about darkness and light, hatred or fear, and love which melts fear.
The story of Snow White is about innocence like snow and the fall of man (the Dwarves in the movie mention something like that. "We pilfer and drink and dream about when we didn't").
I'm still working on the research paper on fairy stories, so if you have any suggestions for books on the subject (like Tolkien's essay On Fairy Stories and critiques of that essay.  I don't know where to find a good analysis of the essay), they are welcome!
By the way...  the dish Ratatouille sounds really good right now.... 
God bless you!
~Emilyn J Wood

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