Snow White and The Huntsman Review
As many times as one re-tells and re-imagines a new take on a classic tale told many years before we can even remember, it doesn’t mean the newer it is, the better it’ll be. Snow White and the Huntsman took that chance by being the second remake in one year of the same story, with few alterations in storytelling, sets and casting, of course. Unfortunately, the promised hyped built around it is nowhere to be near its expectation due to poor casting, extensive story lacking any sincerity and overdrawn scenes.
No need really to go into details of the story, it’s basically unchanged to what we all know about Snow White. Evil lady is found, attracts the King to marry her, and becomes Queen. Then with seizing that opportunity, we realize she has powers and kill the King and figure out that the Queen (Charlize Theron) is kind of a MR F (your loss if you don’t get this reference).
She imprisons Snow White (Kristen Stewart) and when she gets away, she hires a reputable, and goofy at first, huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). In exchange she promises him to bring back his long-gone wife from the dead if he succeeds in bringing the girl to her, so she can eat her heart (yup!). When they both acquaint into the dark forest, very reminiscent of the cartoonish takes once made, he protects her and tries to save her from the obviously crazy Queen.
Then, farther along in their journey, they encounter mystical (and much very out of tone) creatures, including the seven dwarfs. Who are played by the most peculiar actors including Nick Frost and Bob Hoskins. Then, a love triangle emerges and feels like a prominent element, which unfortunately all of today’s flicks seemed to be steered at (hence the Twilight franchise and The Hunger Games) with very unnecessary intentions but to attract tweens to gawk at the girl being torn by the love of two meaty-guys.
The story takes some time getting started and that’s ok. With introducing a very lively and raw cinematography in the mix seemed to be in the right tone and what the movie was originally marketed as. Although, halfway through it, premise seemed to be stretched-out and the main elements that should have been more conspicuous were rushed and carelessly untied. Leaving the movie with a horrible pacing and burdened with a too high-pitched spotlight at its scenery, which at one point was bombarded with mediocre and anti-climactic CG “critters”.
The intensity of the Snow White lost its stronghold when the protagonist of the same name, Stewart, was there to fill the screen. With very thin and few lines recited from her part, her incarnation of the character was by far the worst ever performed. Her expressions were always dead and filling your eyes with tears and biting your lips does not constitute as good acting. But boy, can she wear those tight legging-looking pants, especially for the period! She’s just not good.
Hemsworth was all right. He was likeable and showed some tenacity for his part, but all he really was meant to do is look pretty and ruggedly handsome. He is still a pretty good actor, even though this movie might’ve been not his cup of tea due to the almost non-existent chemistry he shared with Stewart. Although he does lightens up the mood every time the movie gets boring and we all start losing interest (which is often).
Nevertheless it was an enticing premise to look forward to, but we should’ve all predicted the inevitable outcomes of today’s problems with movies. Trying to attract a younger audience and forcing a love triangle and not emphasizing on any elements of what constitutes good “storytelling”. Snow White and the Huntsman doesn’t deliver much to what was expected from it and lacks any sincerity in telling what should’ve been a brutal yet sweet story.
Theatrical release date: June 1st, 2012
Director: Rupert Sanders
Run time: 127 minutes