by Jessica Marshall
You know the story: An evil queen obsessed with staying young and beautiful for all eternity is so jealous of her youthfully pure step-daughter that she sends a brawny huntsman into the forest to kill her. The huntsman takes pity on the poor beauty and lets her live. Then they meet some dwarfs in the woods, commune with an antlered wildebeest and lead a revolution against the evil queen's tyranny. Oh yeah, and there's a really hot kiss in there too. How 'bout them apples?
"Snow White and the Huntsman" isn't your average fairy tale flick. This action-packed, visually stunning film starring “Twilight” babe Kristen Stewart, Oscar-winner Charlize Theron and the achingly beautiful Chris Hemsworth mixes classic lore with modern style and a whole lot of lustful gazing. A dark tone and alternative take on the well-known story distinguish it from other "Snow White" adaptations, namely in that the huntsman plays a larger role. We're very happy about that.
So before you catch “Snow White and the Huntsman” in theaters, enhance your viewing pleasure (and bring your own life closer to a fairy tale) by doing these five things:
Watch the Disney film.
Hi-ho! Disney's “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” is a hallmark of the childhoods of most American kids born after 1938, when it premiered. The first-ever feature-length animated film made waves in the industry and inspired remakes, spinoffs and millions of Halloween costumes the world over (puffy sleeves, FTW!). Relive the magic and sing along with the adorable Happy, Grumpy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Dopey and Doc, before you dive into the darker version of the story told in “Snow White,” in which the dwarfs are kind of smelly looking and have names that sound like rude bodily functions (Beith, Quert and Gort, to name a few).
Read the Grimms' fairy tale.
This German folk tale (also known as “Little Snow-White”), collected by the Brothers Grimm in the early 1800s, is a far cry from the happy-go-lucky Disney film and a bit more like what you'll see in “Huntsman.” The fairy tale is dark, it's strange, it leaves out the whole true-love's-kiss thing and it ends with the evil queen dancing herself to death in a pair of smokin' hot shoes (and we don't mean Jimmy Choos). While there are some distinct differences between the fairy tale and “Snow White” (you think they'd actually leave out the kiss? Srsly.), reading it will definitely help you catch a lot of the nuances in the film.
Snack on an apple.
Find the reddest, ripest jewel of an apple there is and take a big juicy bite. What's the worst that could happen? You pass out and wake up with a hot man locking lips with you? Also, the proven health benefits of apples have been known to keep the doctor away, so there's that. But red, ripe apples play a large and symbolic role in “Snow White.” In fact, after seeing the movie, you might find yourself craving one. Head off the frenzied, post-screening raid of your local grocer's produce section by stocking up ahead of time.
Admire yourself in the mirror.
Take a good, hard look in your bathroom vanity. Revel in that gorgeous face gazing back at you. Don't be afraid to tell it how fabulous it looks. Perhaps spout some poetry as you do so. “Mirror mirror by the shower, whose big head looks like a flower?” For added effect, find the craziest jewelry possible and bedeck yourself in it. The evil queen (Charlize Theron) wears some bonkers accessories throughout the film that lend added visual effects to her scenes, often making it so that you can't take your eyes off of her.
Visit a local botanical garden.
Natural beauty is a big theme in “Snow White,” and there are some stunning visuals that take place in a beautiful wooded glen. Minus the naked fairies and mushrooms with eyeballs that pepper those computer-animated woods, the lush colors and verdure of your nearest botanical garden will surely inspire in you a similar magical connection with nature that Snow White displays in the movie.
Bonus: Eat a (candy) heart.
One of the evil queen's favorite snacks seems to be the fresh and bloody hearts of the youthful citizens of her kingdom. Apparently, ingestion of fresh hearts somehow magically restores her fresh face and good looks. Now, we highly discourage that you try this, as it is gross and highly illegal/immoral. We're merely suggesting you eat a dark chocolate candy heart. Dark chocolate is antioxidant rich, which helps stave off wrinkles!
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