In an op-ed column and half-review of “Snow White and the Huntsman” for The Huffington Post, James Franco reveals his academic training as he writes about his hard-working Nana, looks at the emotional standards of live-action vs. animation, and sticks up for Kristen Stewart, whose Snow White many critics have deemed unworthy of reclaiming a kingdom –or being the “fairest of them all” (thanks, subjectivity!).
Franco ultimately didn’t feel emotionally involved in “Snow White and Huntsman”‘s romance, citing the script as lacking, not actors Stewart or Chris Hemsworth. He also rightly points out:
The difference now between Snow White and the Huntsman and Puss in Boots is that we allow an animated cat to cut corners in emotional development, whereas we expect Kristen Stewart’s character to develop according to the rigors of reality.
In an interesting move, he contrasts the character Snow White’s unearned inheritance of the kingdom with Stewart’s impressive resume leading up to the “Twilight” franchise:
Whereas Snow White would more than likely be inarticulate, diseased and frail after being confined in a tower for 10 years, Kristen Stewart landed Twilight after years of working with some of the best directors in the business (David Fincher, Sean Penn). She actually does deserve the crown…Stewart has braved more scrutiny of her private life than most presidents. She has taken big career risks by doing films like Welcome to the Rileys, The Runaways and On the Road (nudity, I hear). She has worked her ass off. Whatever Snow White may be, Kristen is a warrior queen. Give her the crown.