“Lips red as blood… Hair black as night… Bring me your heart, my dear, dear Snow White.”
– Ravenna, the Evil Queen
Snow White and the Huntsman is Snow White’s second trip to box office this year. This time, she’s dropping the Enchanted meets bad Jennifer Aniston gimmick and adopting more of a Lord of the Rings look. Will it work to the film’s detriment or success? Let’s find out.
A very fair woman named Ravenna (Charlize Theron) becomes the Queen and ends up killing the king shortly after marrying him. Many years later, the Queen has become older & maintains her beauty by various methods, including the use of supernatural powers to drain the beauty out of those who could surpass her beauty. Once she learns that Snow White (Kristen Stewart) has not only become the fairest in the land but holds the key to immortality, she becomes determined to kill Snow White to gain it. The Queen eventually becomes desperate and forcibly bribes a Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) in leading her troops to bring Snow White to her. Once the Huntsman learns that the Queen cannot deliver, he decides to protect Snow White from the Queen’s pursuing forces.
Snow White and the Huntsman takes the fairy tale on a couple of really interesting turns. The way that she is poisoned was quite surprising yet makes sense if you pay close attention in the beginning of the movie. In addition, the movie captures very beautiful landscapes in a style similar to The Lord of the Rings trilogy in certain scenes. The treatment of the seven dwarves is also a highlight of the movie. Whether they were assisting Snow White or bringing the comic relief, you’ll be happy to know that these dwarves were far from dopey.
Believe it or not, Kristen Stewart did a respectable job of playing Snow White. Although there were brief flashes of Bella-type acting, she was believable as a Snow White being placed in the circumstances she was placed in. Chris Hemsworth, known for playing Thor in the Marvel movies, was rightly cast as the role of the Huntsman. Although he plays a similar type of character as Thor, Hemsworth shows more of a softer side in this role. Charlize Theron did a decent job of playing Raveena, the evil queen. As with Stewart, Theron had moments of greatness in her performance. On occasion, her performance was so over the top that it became unbelievable and took you out of the moment. There were certain visuals were either very beautiful and some visuals were very distracting. Some may be disgusted by a couple of scenes that take place. (The level of gore is a half step over dissecting a small animal in science class)
Snow White and the Huntsman had moments of where it was on the right track but somehow made a wrong turn. It is at times entertaining, funny, and will surprise you with either unexpected actions or dreamy visuals. In contrast, there are moments which will wake you up as if you were nodding off, wondering what just happened. While it is not a bad movie with good cinematography and an example of female empowerment, there is a feeling of something missing. Ironically, Snow White and the Huntsman is metaphor of itself; trying to find its way through the wilderness. C
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