Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, an unconventional retelling of the Disney classic Snow White, ultimately taints the beloved legacy of Disney princesses, and is unworthy of any attention.
The film follows Snow White on a quest to locate her father, so they can take down her stepmother together. She meets seven dwarfs who accompany her on her search. Little do any of them know that everyone is carrying secrets.
There’s a tension throughout most of the film, where Snow White struggles with her identity and battles between vanity and self-acceptance. For the most part, she succumbs to societal expectations of beauty. Merlin, one of the dwarves, is very focused on the importance of being pretty; this, and his general treatment of Snow White are not appropriate in a film for children.
The film came under heavy fire when it was first screened at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for promoting body-shaming and implying expectations of what makes a woman beautiful.
The score is uninspiring, and the voiceovers are sloppy. There’s little appeal for a young moviegoer, despite its being labelled as a “family film”. While much of the humour relies on slapstick, there are some occasional witty lines that are appreciated.
It’s a shame that a modern rendition of a centuries-old tale couldn’t actually celebrate modern values.