What I really like is the modernization of Snow White herself. In all versions of her lately (ABC's Once Upon a Time, Snow White and the Huntsman), she's a kick-ass fighter and this Snow White was no exception. I liked seeing the transformation in her. She starts off meek and naive and then she meets the dwarfs and they teach her how to fight and she becomes this strong female character. I also kind of liked that they didn't do the traditional "eat the apple and get kissed by the prince" thing. Instead, Snow defeats the queen by defeating her beast.
I have no comparison list this time. Instead, I have is a list of things I liked about this version.
1) The Opening: Movie opens up with Julia Roberts telling the start of the story in true "Once Upon a Time" fashion. As she starts the story, the scenes are portrayed with doll like figurines.
2) The Mirror: When the evil Queen says "Mirror Mirror" in her chambers, she is transported to a dark isle. The mirror is also a reflection of the queen instead of just a face and it's the only presence to have magical powers.
3) The Dwarfs: They are thieves and they don't have the traditional dwarf names. In fact, one is named Grimm and at the end they do a "where are they now" and Grimm has written fairy tales. I got a chuckle out of that one.
Once thing it could have done without, was the musical number at the end. All I ask is: Why?