Snow White and the Huntsman
- Starring: Kristen Stewart (Into the Wild), Chris Hemsworth (Cabin in the Woods) and Charlize Theron (Hancock).
- Directed by: Rupert Sanders
- Synopsis: “In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.” (Collider)
- Rated: PG-13 for fantasy action and violence
Okay, so, let me get this out of the way to begin with: Kristen Stewart isn’t terrible in this movie. With the exception of a few “so-so” pep talks and shots of her signature wide-eyed/open-mouth stare, she does not do too bad of a job.
(Alright, as painful as that was for you to read, it was even more painful for me to write! haha. On to the review!)
The second of this year’s widely released re-imagining of the fairy tale of Snow White, Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman shares a much darker side of the tale which provides more of an in-depth look at the evil queen herself and both humanizes and villainizes her at the same time. Charlize Theron was the perfect choice to play Ravenna in this telling of the fairy tale. Her character and story are given some of the best development I have ever seen. (Sorry, Julia Roberts, but Charlize is FAR better as the Queen! She perfected the cold-hearted, “see right into your soul” stare!)
This movie is filmed beautifully. The shots, the costume designs, the sets…it all screams “fairytale, adventure, and danger”…BUT (there’s always a “but” it seems), it does so in a way that moviegoers may see as copied and unoriginal. I found myself laughing at several scenes and shots that seemed to be copied directly from The Lord of the Rings, Robin Hood (Ridley Scott’s), and even Neverending Story, the entire film seems a bit “borrowed” in style, cinematography, and adventure. And, no, I’m not even going to mention The Huntsman’s high similarity to one of Marvel’s greatest superheroes who carries a hammer. Nope, not one word!
And, yes, I tried my day-level best to avoid any Twilight comparisons to this film, but it can’t be helped. Those that watch it will find themselves torn between Team William and Team Huntsman…just like
Bella Snow White. (Ugghh)
All that aside, one of the main problems of this film is that it opens up several different parts of the story, but fails in a poor attempt at offering any resolution. It’s like eating one of those Drumstick ice cream cones and getting to the bottom and realizing that that little delicious chunk of frozen chocolate has been broken off and is not there! Robbing you of that little bit of chocolately goodness to wrap up the awesome ice cream experience! NONEXISTENT, leaving you sadly disappointed…yep, exactly like that!
I know what you’re thinking…What? Ice Cream? Why is he talking about Ice Cream? Because it is the perfect analogy for this movie! It’s sweet to watch and even digest some of the wonderful elements that this film has to offer! Amazing CGI, beautiful costumes, even believable acting by Kristen Stew…(I can’t even finish her name)! 😉 But, it leaves you with a bloated feeling of being full of watching other movies tied in to one and with more questions than answers. That may have been the intent, but somehow I sincerely doubt out.
I did like the dwarves in the film, played by the likes of veteran thespians Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, and more. At first I wondered why they used “full size human beings”, but they did a fantastic job. Nice to see Hoskins in another enjoyable role aside from Smee in Hook.
So, winding down,
What was good?: The telling of the tale, Cinematography, Special Effects, Charlize, Kristen, and the Dwarves.
What was not so good?: The title (it is but isn’t about Snow White and the Huntsman), The side stories, the copy-cat scenes, the side characters, the unanswered/unresolved questions and backstories, and the Twilight-ness.
Overall, what score does it earn?
Score: 2.75 out of 5 stars for Snow White and the Huntsman (The same as Mirror Mirror)…it is better in several ways, yet not in others.
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer