Studio- Roth Films Director- Rupert Sanders Starring- Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin Rating- 3 out of 4 stars
Modern-day takes on classic fairytales have been done to death. But for the newly released Snow White and the Huntsman, the fairytale has only just begun. The new eerie take on Snow White is a film that nobody should miss this summer.
It follows the usual tale of Snow White (Kristen Stewart) who is fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) who is out to retrieve her beating heart and destroy poor Snow White. But, while on the run in the dark forest (which is the darkest damn forest I’ve ever seen in any Snow White movie by the way) she meets the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). She also meets her new clan of seven buddies. Once Snow White figures out what the queen wants from her, she and her crew are out to fight the queen and save the land.
The performances by Stewart and Hemsworth were average but Theron’s performance as the evil queen was phenomenal. I was more captivated by her scenes than anyone else’s. The mixture of her beauty and ability to be evil and terrifying will enthrall audiences. The evil queen is concerned about aging, which is why she needs Snow White destroyed so she may stay young forever. And Theron is the woman for the job. We see her killing, screaming, and cursing people and she is damn good at it.
Stewart’s performance was basically like her Twilight performances so nothing too magical there. She wasn’t interesting at all. I didn’t believe her as Snow White. And it seemed she didn’t believe it either. She looked like she was hunting vampires half the time. And Hemsworth is always the same character. He’s the macho man who’s always sweaty and knows how to fight. But Theron’s performance, visual effects, and costuming are what saved the film. The effects made the film feel truly fantastical and the action-packed battles, gave suspense to the film. The visuals were simply stunning. See it and you will see what I mean.
Even though the title includes Snow White, it is a graphic and spooky version. While there is no sex, nudity or cursing, it is too spooky for kids. This film is for the adult lovers of creepy fairytales.
The downside? The ending was so cliché and predictable. It was a two-hour journey to the conclusion and the conclusion, was not creative and unsatisfactory. Director Rupert Sanders took a bold leap into making this dark rendition and succeeded but clearly flaked out at the end. But, in general, as a dark interpretation of the classic fairytale, Snow White and the Huntsman delivers.
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