Spoiler Alert! Snow White and the Huntsman~
I saw this movie last week and it certainly wasn't the sterotypical fairy tale where the princess needs complete saving because she is too frail to do anything for herself. There are men throughout the story who help her to ascend to the throne, (i.e., huntsman, dwarves, childhood friend) but she stands alone with her crown in the end. All of the men are there at court, but she stands alone as queen in the end rather than second in command to a husband king. The message is clear that women can ascend and reach their own personal potential alone and not have to be saved like past fairy tales. But I felt badly for the man who loved her who stood in the back just watching and without any medals around his neck to show appreciation. (The other men got medals, but he didn't) It is interesting, though, that whenever past fairy tales had men saving women, the men also married the woman and placed her next to him on her own throne. I wondered why that couldn't be the situation here and it is because if she married him, then she would automatically be placed higher than her anyway.
So, we are seeing a shift from helpless princesses being saved by princes to princesses saving themselves with men's help, but not sharing in the glory. I'm torn because I understand why she had to ascend to the throne alone, but I also wanted him to be next to her, too.