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Multi-Tasker James Franco Reviews 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' Gives a Much-Maligned Kristen Stewart Her Due

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood June 7, 2012 at 5:00PM

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...
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Kristen Stewart, James Franco
Kristen Stewart, James Franco

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.

Read the full article here. And Franco's thoughts on HBO's "Girls" here.

This article is related to: James Franco, Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.