Friday, June 15, 2012

Review of Snow White and the Huntsman

Stars Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron

It’s probably not a great sign when you spend half the movie making smart remarks with your friend and saying to yourself “Here’s how THAT should have happened.”

The story is as such: Snow White’s mother dies, her father marries Ravenna (Theron) who ruins the land as an evil queen.  Years later we see Snow White again (Stewart) in a cell, but not for long as she escapes into the dark forest.  There we meet the Hunstman (Hemsworth) who helps Snow White live long enough to lead a rebellion against the evil queen.

While Snow White and the Huntsman was fun to watch, it felt unnecessary.  I’m pretty sure we never needed a “mature” version of the story.  But that’s not the real problem.  The problem is that the movie is confused.

We’re given an intro that tells us what is happening in narration and on screen, so now we know where this world lies with the legend.  Snow White gets into the world and becomes a damsel in distress.  We then get a mini comedy when we meet the dwarves, then after another out of place feeling battle scene we see Snow White all of a sudden drop her damsel deal and pick up a sword.

I would be fine if Charlize Theron decided to not scream half of her dialogue.  I get she’s playing an evil witch, but if she could have stayed in that sultry quiet evil witch character and saved her outbursts for big moments, then it would have been great.

Speaking of great, keep an eye out for the troll part.  Man was that cool.

So to wrap up, it was a fun movie, but you can get twice the story and the same setting from any of the Lord of the Ring movies.  In fact, “Snow White and the Huntsman” felt like a watered down LotR movie.  If you feel like watching a sort of fresh take on an old story, feel free to rent this when it hits DVD.

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