We’re all familiar with the story of Snow White. It’s a classic fairy tale which has been retold in countless different ways and forms for many years. The most recent adaptation is Snow White and the Huntsman. Directed by Rupert Sanders and starring Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman was released in cinemas worldwide on the first of June 2012.
What’s right with it?
One great aspect to this film is that Snow White is by no means portrayed as the damsel in distress. I love that she’s well able and very willing to fight for herself. Kristen Stewart does a pretty good job as the aggrieved and feisty heroine. Chris Hemsworth is well cast as the conflicted huntsman who drinks to numb the pain of losing his wife. However, for me, Charlize Theron was the highlight of the film. She stole every scene she was in as the beautiful but imposing and intimidating queen. I also really liked how they told the story of how she rose to power. It gave the film a more mature feel to it, ensuring the audience that Snow White and the Huntsman is not just another fairy tale.
What’s wrong with it?
Don’t get me wrong – I love Kristen Stewart; I think she’s gorgeous and she seems like a really cool person. She makes a great heroine but I’m not sure if she is striking enough to compete with Charlize and triumph as “the fairest of them all”. We are told that Snow White’s beauty is the ultimate threat to the queen but when you’re watching the film; you can’t help but be a bit sceptical about this. To be fair to K-Stew, Charlize is a former model and it would be pretty difficult for anyone to compete with her stunning looks. I actually think it would have been better if they had cast an unknown actress as Snow White. I feel that it would have given the character the enigmatic and slightly vulnerable quality that she needed. Also, at just over two hours long, the film could have done with a bit of editing. There are a few slightly bizarre drawn-out scenes in the middle where I found myself glancing at my watch. However the later scenes make up for this slump and, in the end, the film is redeemed.
Snow White and the Huntsman is a new twist on the classic but it still retains some of the elements of the original story – keep an eye out for the customary dwarves, the symbolic red apple and the magic mirror in an all new form. It’s quite dark in places but still enjoyable with a great start and a good finish. It’s a shame about the middle but overall, it is a very watchable and entertaining film.
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