Snow White and the Huntsman
Snow White. Another Snow White movie. Did we really need another one? Isn’t Disney’s classic cartoon enough to pacify those who love the fairy tale? Apparently not.
This re-imagining of the Snow White fairy tale is a bit different. Darker and grittier than what we’re used to in the cartoon version. (I believe Mirror, Mirror which also came out around the same time was gritty, as well.)
There were a handful of things I really liked about Snow White and the Huntsman, but more things that I didn’t like. Let’s start with the positive, shall we?
The CGI in this film is impressive. I was actually surprised at how good some of the elements looked (the bridge troll, for example, and the actual mirror when it becomes a person). The studio certainly spared no expense on making the animation realistic, and did a great job at it.
Charlize Theron was stellar as the evil queen Ravenna. So often do you forget how talented she is, as she so often takes bland roles that don’t really let her spread her wings. If you ever have any doubt as to how talented she is, just re-watch Monster.
I wouldn’t necessarily call this a “period piece”, as the timeframe that it takes place is most fictitious. But it does have a certain medieval feeling to it, that’s for certain. Though I think that’s more to do with the fairy tale aspect of it, than actually trying to take place during that time.
The downsides of this movie, of which I feel there are many: it’s really long. Over two hours, in fact. And there’s many parts where those two hours really feel as long as they are. (As opposed to The Dark Knight Rises, which flies by.)
Kristen Stewart. I said it. I’m not sorry. She’s terrible in this. Well, she’s terrible in practically everything (Panic Room excluded), and there’s no reason why studios should keep casting her. Her performances are so boring and monotonous that it’s almost painful to watch her. I watched Kevin Smith’s “Spoilers” that talks about this film, and someone in the group points out that Kristen’s mouth is 50% open the entire time of the film. Clearly I knew this going in, so I kept an eye on it. And she really has her mouth gaping wide open the entire film. “Spoilers” also pointed out that Chris Hemsworth is either holding or swinging a weapon in almost every scene, and that’s also true.
Truth be told, I really wanted to like this movie. It’s a great fairy tale, and one that I’m very familiar with from my childhood. In actuality, though, I couldn’t like it. While it had its high points, the amount of low points just outweighed it all for me. I couldn’t get past how long the movie felt, and I always have a problem with the way that modern actors speak in these supposedly older films. I just don’t buy the way the dialog is written in most times, and find myself thinking “there’s no way they’d say something that way!” and getting frustrated.
I’d say only bother with this film if you’re a real diehard Snow White fan. And even then, it’s just to see Charlize’s portrayal of Ravenna, as she’s quite brilliant. The rest, as they say, is for the birds. (That’s a joke about Ravenna, which’ll make sense if you’ve seen the movie. Yep, I’m ending this with a joke, deal with it.)