I’ve always been a fan of fairy tales and I love it when someone decides to put their own twist on a story. The great thing about fantasy tales is that anything can happen. Princess Snow White has seen more than her fair share of Prince Charmings lately (the slut!), with the show Once Upon a Time and the film Mirror, Mirror with Julia Roberts, released earlier this year. The famous red-lipped heroine makes yet another appearance this summer in the film Snow White and the Huntsman.
In this film, the story of Snow White is dark and grim. Snow White is played by Kristen Stewart. I’m not going to lie, I wasn’t too happy about this. I am not a big fan of Stewart in her Twilight roles. However, I was pleasantly surprised by her role in this film. Of course it possibly had to do with the fact that she did not bite her lip every two minutes. We can’t have her smearing the red lipstick, after all. I thought she was great as the strong heroine trying to defeat her wicked witch stepmother. But let’s face it; Stewart was totally in her element with greasy, knotted hair all over the place. She made the rugged Snow White work well and she looked quite pretty doing it.
Charlize Theron was excellent! She plays the evil queen with an ability to do magic. Her character had the most depth and range. She was able to perfect not only the sweetly sinister smile but also the emotional breakdowns of the queen. She is a witch who covets beauty beyond anything else and uses it to further her grip on power. Without her beauty, she is nothing and that ends up being her downfall. Perhaps she would stop picking on Snow White if someone introduced her to a good plastic surgeon. Also, her costumes are amazing. Each outfit fits her dark persona, from raven feathers to thorn crowns. I now know who I want to be for Halloween. It’s fitting after my last 2 years as the Wicked Witch of the West and Wicked Witch of the East.
Now let’s move on to the most exciting part of the film: the huntsman. Played by Chris Hemsworth, he is one hunky, dirty, drunken (and really) hot mess. He doesn’t give a crap about anyone else and has a delicious Scottish (I believe) accent to go along with that bad boy attitude. Sent to bring the escaped Snow White back to the Queen, he has to decide whether to defend or capture the young princess. Decisions, decisions. I’d rather him capture me. Being held captive by him wouldn’t be the worst thing.
Snow White and the Huntsman seems to have all the makings of a great movie: great CGI special effects, a Hollywood cast and a wonderful plot to creatively twist, but somehow I don’t think it was as good as it could of been. It did not reach its potential and the story wasn’t quite captivating enough. Stewart was a great Joan of Arc but I did not feel passionate about her cause. The Seven Dwarfs were a bit…weird. The movie was also quite lengthy – going from Snow White’s birth all the way to the rebellion against the Queen. It is a film for guys and girls alike with plenty of hand-to-hand combat and a few dirty laughs – remember those dwarves.
It is not the best film you’ll see all year but the special effects are pretty cool and you have some good eye candy to watch and root for during the two hours.
Catch Preview This! with Mike’s take on the movie.