Snow White and the Huntsman Reviews
The movie set up is sloppy, and cliche. The magic is over-the-top. The acting is questionable.
Save yourself two hours, watch something else.
Positives: Charlize Theron, her makeup, her hair, her costumes, Chris Hemsworth.
Negatives: Someone needed to remind Kristen Stewart that this was not another Twilight movie.
And despite my despise of every Twilight movie, I actually think that Kris is a great actress! (check the history). But, could they not have cast such a horrid Snow White????? The overall "idea" of the story was awesome (aka Ravenna's story). They dropped the ball everywhere else.
I actually like "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" better - no lie! ??
It's honestly not that much better than Mirror Mirror.
Taking his cues from recent fantastical period pieces, television commercial director Rupert Sanders excels in his debut feature. From the exquisite production design to the beautiful cinematography, the meticulous technical details prove a visual marvel, but sadly the opportunity to deliver of a truly contemporary cinematic experience is squandered and like its central villain is left without heart.
Obsessed with beauty, power and immortality, the evil sorcerous Ravenna (Charlize Theron) survives by sucking the life force out of the kingdom's womenfolk. Bewitching the recently widowed King Magnus (Noah Huntley) then murdering him in their marriage bed, the Queen easily assumes rule of the realm.
Following the council of her omnipotent magic mirror, the Queen imprisons the Kings young daughter Snow (Raffey Cassidy) in the castle tower. The future fairest-of-them-all, Snow's pure innocence is the key to the Queens everlasting magnificence.
Before she comes of sacrifice age, Snow (Kristen Stewart) realizes the Queen's plan. Escaping the clutches of Ravenna's leering brother Finn (Sam Spruell) she flees to the only place no-one would dare venture, the Dark forest.
Incensed, the Queen tasks a damaged and drunkard Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) with the task of venturing into the forest to retrieve the slippery minx and return her heart beating or not.
Upon finding her however he becomes incapable of extinguishing or even resisting her sincere purity. Abandoning his original plight, the Huntsman agrees to assist in her survival by any means, as do eight wise little men and turncoat smitten childhood friend William (Sam Clafin).
Further enraged, the Queen unleashes a wake of destruction across the land, subtly targeting Snow and those within her party. But as if awoken from a curse, the Huntsman begins to mentor Snow in the art of warfare and spearheads a rebellious quest to conquer the evil queen to educate her in the true price of excessive vanity.
Fierce as her silence simmers into the collective psyche, her powers dwindle as Theron's brittle imperious Queen barks and rants hammy evil commands with a little too much fervor. Forced into fighting yet another up-hill script battle, the personality lacking Stewart is able to utilize here awkward demeanor and naturally uncomfortable look to add to her character.
Lacking any real emotional tissue to work with, the talented Hemsworth does a decent job of conveying the expected pain for a widowed roguish huntsman but doesn't get the opportunity to add any layers. The eight dwarfs (yes eight) consists of veteran British actors Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, Nick Frost, Johnny Harris, Brian Gleeson, and Bob Hoskins, although critics have slammed the controversial and directorial decision to augment them through CGI the outcome was well calculated and paid off with great although limited characterizations.
Harping back to the visual effects, the treasure of this film is its two contrasting fantastical locations. The harsh and foreboding Dark forest and its polar opposite the stunning and enchanted faerie sanctuary.
Void of cheer, colour, beauty and kindness, the Dark forest is a minefield of blackened tree bones, burnt out greenery, poison leaching mushrooms and a monstrous troll, the uncomfortability is palpable. Alive with spirits, sprites and scampering forest animals, the bright fairyland positively glows with welcoming complexity.
Sitting in eerie splendor on an island joined to the mainland only at low tide, the gothic fantasy detailed castle matches the tone wonderfully as does The Queens numerous shape-shifting transformations however the bizarre terminator-like shapeless molten-gold 'mirror man' figure is glaringly out of place.
The Verdict: Commanding extraordinary graphic powers, a chemistry lacking true love's kiss is incapable of reviving the deathly dull screenplay that is Snow White and The Huntsman.
Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 29/06/2012