Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman

Release Date: June 1, 2012

Director: Rupert Sanders

Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron

Runtime: 127 min

Snow White, the daughter of the late King, escapes from the clutches of the wicked Queen Ravenna after years of imprisonment. She has just escaped when the Magic Mirror informs Ravenna that Snow is the only one who could defeat her, because of her innocence and purity. If the Queen obtains and eats Snow’s heart, she won’t have to feed on any being’s life source ever again, and she will achieve immortality. The Queen sends a squad of men, led by the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), into the dark forest to get her back. When the Huntsman learns he is being played like a fiddle, he turns against the Queen’s men and teams up with Snow in the process. Meanwhile, Snow’s childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and he sets off on the road to find her and offer some assistance to the situation.

Ah, Snow White and the Huntsmen, you fulfill your purpose, and you do it well. Snow White’s purpose is to offer a nice twist on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale, and it does just that. Almost so well, that I forgot what happened in the general source material (but that may because I haven’t seen it for a while), and this became a film of its own. It’s so convincing, that this may as well be the source material itself.

The character of the Huntsman is okay, because one could understand his motivations, but he wasn’t anything special. He was pretty sweet in war, and he’s likeable enough that one would be upset if he died. Hemsworth offers an okay performance at the same time, and says, “Hey! Forget Thor’s hammer, I’m pretty good with an axe, too!”

Ughck, why couldn’t the filmmakers have found a better person to cast as Snow White? Oh yeah, that’s right, Sanders wanted a good candidate to sleep with after the film finished. Seriously, Stewart is such a boring screen presence. As for the looks, she’s pretty fitting as Snow, but as for the acting skills and presence, not so much. What happened to her potential flare in 2002’s Panic Room? She has gotten so boring since that time, and she really should not have had the chance to be in another potential teen franchise. Please, Bella, stop it, and no one believed that phony accent (whatever the Hell it was) for a second. It’s sad that I liked her best when she was sleeping. Two battles were being fought in this one: the obvious one, Ravenna’s forces vs. King Magnus’ forces; but, there was also a not-so-obvious battle between Kristen Stewart and Sam Claflin (William), entitled “Who’s Going to End up Being more Boring?”[.] I think Claflin won, but not by much. That one scene where it was just those two, I almost fell asleep. The real person who truly shines through is the always-fantastic Charlize Theron. She’s just great and sometimes truly eerie as the wicked Queen Ravenna.

Most of the characters are just okay for me, Ravenna is the best. Snow White in the source material is great, but she isn’t as good now, mostly because Stewart is the face of her. The dwarfs were pretty great. There’s a number of known actors as the little people (like Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, the great comedic presence Nick Frost, and Toby Jones). It was sort of cool how they made them look so small, too. I like the characters of the dwarfs, but I wasn’t a fan of the appearances. I just couldn’t help but pick on their hair. As a kid, their parents must have given each of them a bad haircut. And to add onto that, they went to Kindergarden class and a class bully took safety scissors and thought they were a hairdresser, and he made the hair even worse, and it never grew back. At least, that’s my theory.

Snow knows where it’s going, but at times it feels like it’s a struggle getting there. It does get there, but after some effort. I must add, the finale was great. It’s a little better than that battle scene of Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but it pales in comparison to any battle scenes of The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The make-up is great, the finale is great, and the characters were just okay. The action, when it comes, is purely great, and the human Mirror thing was actually very cool. Charlize Theron steals the show, and at times, she’s almost as ugly as she was in 2003’s Monster.

70/100

10 thoughts on “Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

  1. Good review Daniel. The style and mood of this film was good, but everything else about it just didn’t seem to really flow as well. The performances were good, except Stewart, who seemed a bit like she should have been more of a powerful character, but didn’t do anything for anybody in this.

  2. I actually liked this movie despite my dislike for K Stew. I always want to like her but I seriously find her acting terrible, and her monologue at the end was cringe worthy. I can think of ten actresses which are way more worthy of being Snow White, by my standards anyway, although my fiancé thought she fit the role and looked pretty hot, I disagree haha.

    • Hahah I agree! I can’t really think of a whole lot of others fit to the role (I guess if some dyed their hair), but I’m sure your picks would have been much better 😉 She was pretty hot, but I didn’t think she was the best choice. Accurate features, but bad acting and she isn’t a good face for the modern White. She should have done Mirror, Mirror and should have let Lily Collins play White in this one!

  3. Yeah, I felt this one was mis-titled. It should’ve been called “The Evil Queen and the Huntsman” as it is more about Ravenna anyways. Theron was the best in this movie. They had an opportunity to do so much more with this than they did. And what was the deal with that “Aslan” deer?

    eh, I won’t be seeing this one again anytime soon. Nice review.

    • Very true. White did feel like a supporting character. Possibly because Stewart doesn’t make her stand out vibrantly at all. Hahah, that thing was so weird, it looked like the thing had an oak tree on his head. I wouldn’t be necessarily against seeing this again, but I won’t run out to buy it. Thank you!

  4. This just might make my list of worst films of the year. (Haven’t seen The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 yet) Great review even though you’d enjoyed this a lot more than I.

    • Really? Hmm… It isn’t superb, but for me it had a lot of redeeming qualities. For me, the worst of the year is Project X. Are you going to see Twilight BDP2 this weekend? Thanks, Mark!

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