Snow White and the Huntsman Reviews
Despite an unconvincing pair of leads and some glaring plot holes, Snow White and the Huntsmen is a refreshing take on the classic tale, boasting heavy visuals and a magnetic performance by Charlize Theron.
Boring characters with barely present personalities left me wondering at times "Oh, am I supposed to care about what just happened?"
Visually the movie was alright, although many scenes could have easily been outtakes from "The Lord of the Rings" or "The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc". Toss in a slight bit of Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" and there you have it.
Maybe it will end up being one of those "easy to have on in the background" type movies.
The good things I had heard from this film besides the visuals revolved around Charlize Theron's portrayal of Ravenna/the Queen. Sometimes the performance blurred the lines of it being over the top, but I enjoyed every second of it. She really seemed to be the only one having fun with her role as the rest of the film is a grim sloppy mess. Kristin Stewart wasn't unbearable as the titular character and Chris Hemsworth was Chris Hemsworth, but he didn't get a ton to do. I didn't mind watching their individual performances but their chemistry together was nonexistent.
The film has extraordinary visuals, however. Not only is Greig Fraser's cinematography gorgeous, but the visual effects are top notch. It's aesthetic is largely different than the original 1937 film, with a few exceptions. Of course, the dwarfs do make an appearance, albeit not a memorable one. But there's also a twist or two in the latter half that borrow from the old film, but sadly, they are handled poorly. In all, it's an entertaining watch without volume or any real investment in the story, if that's what you're into.
-Chemistry is lacking
-Poorly handled 3rd act
Chris Hemsworth is the stand-out in my opinion, stealing the screen every time he appears. His back story, mixed with his quick-wit, really makes for an enjoyably bad-ass character with heart to back it all up. That being said, his character is surrounded by performers who seem to be phoning it in most of the time, and when he comes across the dwarves, they are very standard-looking (almost taken right out of a tolkein novel), which makes him stand-out even more. Hemsworth's performance is distractingly great in this film.
The story itself does have some changes, but for the most part it is very similar, with a few dark tones added in. The war aspect was obviously the biggest addition, and while nobody ever would have pegged a Snow White adaptation to be like this, the action works it's way into this film very well. The climax is great and very fun to watch. The visual effects are pretty impressive for the most part and the story has nice arcs, stopping for tender moments between characters and picking up just before getting too boring. As a whole, this film succeeds more than most movie goers would expect it to. In my opinion, this is a very solid film all around. Since this story is as old as time, there is not much else to say here.
"Snow White and the Huntsman" takes more time to be a good film than one might expect, despite a sluggish performance from Kristen Stewart and a slightly over long running time. There are a few instances of lazy dialogue, but they are forgiveable later on the in the film, as the are always made up for with an emotionally unexpected scene. This film is not great by any means, but it is very enjoyable when you have nothing else to watch. Therefore, I give this a nice recommendation to young adults. It is very much in that demographic. "Snow White and the Huntsman" is a treat for fantasy fans or action/adventure junkies alike. I might enjoy this movie more than most people, but it seems to get better and better upon each viewing. Very enjoyable film.