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This cheerful adaptation of the Grimms' Snow White is not all about vanity and romance but more the lust for power.
Julia Roberts stars as the wicked, more-sarcastic-than-evil Queen who has taken over the kingdom after the death of Snow White's father.
She keeps her stepdaughter Snow White hidden away in the palace and rules the kingdom ruthlessly, burdening the habitants with heavy taxes.
Snow White becomes a freedom-fighter and, helped by the seven dwarves, embarks upon a campaign to free her people.
The are some hilarious moments when the Queen submits to unpleasant beauty treatments - dung put on her face and bees stinging her lips.
The romance is rushed in the movie - the Prince is there, but Snow White's wake-up kiss never happens.
What cannot go unnoticed are the extraordinary costumes by Eiko Ishioka, a genius costume designer, who recently passed away.
Julia Roberts is furious, awful and vicious, but also charming and charismatic, embodying a perfect modern tyrant.