You may have remembered the infamous movie trailer back in 2017 that body-shamed Snow White for being overweight. While featuring a slim, doll-faced girl right next to her saying:
“What if Snow White was no longer beautiful and the 7 dwarfs not so short?”
Now If you have no idea what I’m talking about, watch this video clip below to see for yourself:
Now, this is just a horrible statement that created such a huge media uproar in 2017 all over the world.
Everyone criticizing the film, that its premiere even got delayed two years after and was just recently released in 2019. However, the film has changed so much since those news backlashes.
So, I decided to watch the film for myself, to see what the film is actually about. For you can not judge a movie based on its trash marketing. And honestly, this film is the COMPLETE OPPOSITE of what it has been marketed to be.
It’s not body shaming anyone! If anything it teaches girls and boys to love themselves and their bodies, regardless of societal beauty standards.
Now, since this is originally a Korean based film, it has such an important and crucial message for kids in South Korea to not be ashamed of what they look like.
Beauty standards in Korea are so high, with Kpop Stars and Actors who put much effort into their appearances to look attractive.
However, this may even lead some to undergo plastic surgery in order to achieve this “look”, which shouldn’t be the case.
The film is not exactly perfect, but neither are other films. So it should stop getting the negative hate it’s been receiving! Although the storyline is a bit flawed and the character development for some seemed flat, the overall film was aesthetically pleasing to watch and had such a beautiful message.
With a foil character to our main protagonist, the love interest. Merlin who is the complete opposite of Red Shoes (Snow White) who is cursed to look like a green troll although in the real world he is a very handsome superhero.
However, unlike Red Shoes, she is very humble, while he is more arrogant and proud of his looks. However, the two ended up loving each other for who they really are, despite appearances!
To demonstrate to the targeted audience that you should love yourself and that, what’s important is character. But to respect others and personality is more important than outside appearances.
No matter how cliche this theme is, it needs to be said over and over again, as many times as it needs. For our generation and future generations to come will never get tired from hearing it.
In today’s society, many kids and teenagers struggle with their self-esteem, not feeling “beautiful” to the public eye. It especially doesn’t help when they are constantly comparing themselves to models online on social media.
Films like these should definitely be plentiful, for its message impacts all of us. We all want to “be” and “feel” beautiful when we were already beautiful without anyone saying it. I don’t have to know what you look like to know that YOU (reading this), is beautiful as well.
To display proud women and men, of all body types, loving their bodies and giving each other respect. Broadening to more diverse tropes in films and media, a direct influence on many of our future generations, as our current society should be represented.
And this film demonstrates this theme beautifully, with our main heroine, Red Shoes, being proud of who she really is, but understands the struggles of having to deal with societal demands as a princess.
But that’s not to say that the other fake illusion girl was ugly… instead, they are both equally beautiful inside and out. As everything should be.
Thank you so much for reading! Comment down below your thoughts on the film’s changes or other ideas about the film!