05/30/2012 08:33 pm ET Updated Jul 30, 2012

Kristen Stewart Kicks Butt as a Thoroughly Modern Heroine in 'Snow White & The Huntsman'

I am Snow White, hear me roar! That's Snow White's attitude in this totally 2012 version of the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale, Snow White & The Huntsman.

Kristen Stewart, who stars as the warrior Snow White in Snow White & The Huntsman, opening June 1, has said that she wanted to play Snow as a "badass."

And that's just what she does. Her version of an empowered and proactive Snow White doesn't spend a moment cooking, cleaning and keeping house for a bunch of dwarves. Neither does she idiotically keep letting an old woman give her poisoned hairpins and an apple that she stupidly eats.

No, Kristen Stewart's Snow White realizes very quickly that if anyone is going to defeat the evil Queen Ravenna and take back her rightful throne, then it has to be her. She's not one to wait around for Prince Charming to rescue her, either.

Like the other courageous film heroine who stormed the box office this spring -- Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Kristen Stewart's Snow White is a leader of men... and other women.

Just as Katniss defended her fellow Hunger Games contestant, Peeta, Snow White even steps up to save the life of the Huntsman.

This is a saga about the power of pure good (Snow White) against complicated evil. While Charlize Theron as the stunning and deathly stepmother Queen Ravena, doesn't elicit our sympathy, she does inspire our curiosity. There is a reason she has become so selfish, and beauty and power obsessed. You wonder if in some way she identifies with Snow White, at least as a child. If not -- why didn't she kill her immediately instead of imprisoning her for years?

Now, while I would have liked to know what Snow White did for all her years locked up in a tower -- she had to occupy her mind somehow -- Kristen Stewart is very believable as a young woman in awe of an outside world she has escaped into after only glimpsing it through a window for years.

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