Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs came out on DVD and Blu-ray Sept 22, 2020. This modern take on Snow White turns the story upside down. This time the princes are looking for a princess to save them, Snow White finds red slippers, and this story take us on a journey of self discovery.
I got the opportunity to watch Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs and here is what I thought. SPOILERS BELOW
The movie begins right in the thick of things as seven princes known as the Fearless Seven get cursed for attacking a fairy princess. Well, it was a lot more than that. They actually attacked the princess because they thought she was ugly and ugly means she had to be a witch. Imagine their surprise when they found out that a princess can come in all shapes and sizes.
Due to their arrogance, the fairy princess changes the Fearless Seven into little green dwarfs/. This curse can only be broken by getting a kiss from the most beautiful princess in the world. At this point, I am on the side of the fairy princess. Those seven egotistical “heroes” needed a good lesson…besides, it worked in Beauty and the Beast, why not here.
Similar to the Beauty and the Beast story, Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs shares the theme that we shouldn’t judge by appearance because beauty is found within. Unlike Beauty and the Beast, Red Shoes expands on the theme exploring the fact that everyone is beautiful. Whether someone is big, little, tall, short, old, young, or even green, they are all sparkling gems.
This lesson isn’t just for the little green men. Snow White must also deal with the never ending stupid thrown her way as she searches for her dad. In a world that only sees the outward appearance, she is a misfit because she doesn’t match the idea of beautiful. Most people won’t even help her in her true form. However, once she wears a pair of red magical shoes, Snow White goes from big to thin in the blink of an eye and everyone becomes accommodating. There is a scene where she takes off her magic shoes to escape her pursuers only to be teased and tormented for her weight. It is a sad reminder of what actually happens in the world today.
The audience of Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs gets to embark on the adventure to self discovery with the Fearless Seven and Snow White. From shoes growing on trees to monsters made out of wood, the magical journey reminds us that things are not always what they seem.
Putting the story, moral, theme, and journey of self discovery aside, I want to talk about the title of the movie, Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs. That little bitty title had me confused beyond all reason. Why? Because how does one spell the plural form of dwarf?
When I first started getting info about Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs, long before I saw the film, I immediately contacted a fellow writer with that exact question. I was certain that the creators of Red Shoes had spelled the plural form of dwarf wrong. Growing up in the age of Lord of the Rings and Tolkien, I thought the spelling should have been dwarves with a v. After a short discussion, my friend and I decided that both forms are correct.
What’s funny is our discussion somehow ended up on the big screen. The movie has the running joke on how to spell the plural of dwarf. I was laughing so hard. Is it DWARFS with an F or DWARVES with a v? Thank you so much Lionsgate for keeping us literary grammar nerds happy.
With a great message, wonderful action, delightful adventure, and a few hilarious jokes, I give Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs (Dwarves) five stars.
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