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Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen. Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman to kill Snow White. However the huntsman finds himself unable to murder the innocent young woman, and instead ends up training her to become a warrior capable of threatening the queens reign.
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ryanwoz (22 May 2013)
Charlize Theron = 9 stars; Visual experience = 10 stars; Dwarfs = 7stars; Everything else = boring.Needs a better story line, a better Snow White, and a hero with adeveloped back story. The movie felt extremely long. The drawn outscenes of them walking through the kingdom was lack-luster. The sceneswhere there was acting was well produced and was visually stunning. Theevil queen was well played by Charlize Theron, emotion was wellconveyed, and the visual effects were well produced here as well.I would only recommend seeing it if you are a big fan of visualeffects. Not much else to see here.
frank-comment117 (21 May 2013)
The movie tries hard to be mystical and serious but fails completely.It seems more like bits of Lord of the rings & Narnia were badlypieced-together to form a shapeless, shallow story with bad acting. Ittakes more than a witch-like antagonist, a dark forest, some randomfairies and dwarfs to be meaningful and gripping. And whats with allthe stupid animals running around? Just plain overkill! Kristen Stewartmay be young and trying new roles but her lack of versatility and depthof character shows clearly. Her role calls for pain and suffering anddoesn't show it. Throughout the movie she appears aimless even thoughtechnically a goal has been defined.The script is mostly unoriginal and at times out of place. The languageis a very distracting mix of old and modern. The fights are amateurishand fleeting. The reunion of William and Snow white is underwhelming atbest. The death of a Dwarf lacks sadness and substance. Their historyis hardly given any importance and yet they seem to want to play amajor helping role. Overall the movie feels like a badre-enactment/play than the real deal. Waste of time.
zack_wall (21 May 2013)
I must say, when I first heard the news that there was going to be aSnow White live-action film, I had a good laugh. When I heard thatKristen Stewart was going to play Snow White, I had an even biggerlaugh. But when I saw the trailer, I stopped laughing. And then Iwatched the movie, and knew I had to write a review. This film is notgoing to win many(if any) awards, nor will it be a favorite this year,but it is entirely a good movie. Stunning visual effects, many greatlandscape shots, good acting, great action, and a believable storyline.This is not the Disney film you are used to, but a much grittier andmore mature take on the original tale. You should not take yourchildren to this film, nor should the intense nature of the film scareyou off. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and I think many peoplewill too.
Ramoon Mar (20 May 2013)
I watched the movie last night and I am sorry to say it was a pain. Thetrailer promised a lot, Charlize Theron character seemed to be perfectas an evil queen and Chris Hemsworth fit nicely as a huntsman. Well,they were the only one trying to raise the movie to a decent rating,therefore my six. But Snow white was horrifying. The girl cannot playanything but a frightened teenager and this wasn't the role where sheneeded to look all constipated and constantly on the verge of crying.As an example please watch the latest scene in the movie, when she iscrowned as queen, it is more than relevant, it scared me for life.Overall a good idea, great visual effects, Charlize did a great jobexcept the last scene where she kind of forgot the queen act and didnot so good and Chris Hemsworth played a great huntsman (he hadpractice as Thor ï) but with other choice of Snow white and maybe animproved scenario/maybe better location, it would have been a blast.
enddetour (20 May 2013)
Plot: Warrior princess Snow White takes on the wicked queen with alittle help from people she barely knows. Drive-in Rating: Yield rightof way. Just to get it out of the way, I don't understand the appeal of KristenStewart as an actress. She always has the look of a stuck up brat tome. There, done with the casting critique.The movie was visually stunning and Charlize Theron made for a trulywicked-good Queen. Chris Hemsworth was compelling (in a vacuum) and thedwarfs (casting controversy aside) were engaging. I love that thewriters know their fairy tales enough to remember what properly livesunder a bridge!...but I didn't find myself rooting for the entitled heroine or hercomrades. The story idea was good enough but the writers tried to packso many concepts into 127 minutes that they forgot a little characterand conflict development. Even the most compelling scenes, the finalkiss for example, left much to be desired (I'm not spoiling anything bytelling you there's a kiss, it's a well-known plot point in the fairytale). In addition, there were some unacceptable leaps in logic (forexample, what compelled the Queen's brother to tell the Huntsman thetruth about his wife?).And finally, is there an award for the least compelling title of theyear? "Fairest Blood" immediately comes to mind as a reasonablealternative.If you pay to see this in the theater, make sure it's because you wantto see the visuals on the big screen.
TheGatsby (19 May 2013)
Oh look, it's another Snow White film, the third this year after thelittle-seen Grimm's Snow White and turgid missed-opportunity that wasTarsem's Mirror Mirror. In a nice twist of irony, out of the two 'big'ones, it was Tarsem's I originally found myself anticipating. Beforeyou recoil, let me explain, I am a huge fan of The Fall (no, not MarkE. Smith one), and when he was announced as director about two yearsago, I immediately thought he would be perfect. He was, yes, but thefilm ended up having 'Studio Tampering' written all overall it, makingit into utter balderdash. So, as a result I turned to SWATH, to see howthat would turn out. I thought that this Grimm Brothers adaptation hadplenty of visual flair (similar to Tarsem's) and a great cast (evendown to the dwarfs). Yet, that turned out to be all it really had goingfor it.I liked Stewart in Adventureland, yes, she wasn't as good as the otherKristen in it, but she proved a good counterpart to Jesse Eisenberg, soI was curious to see how she would perform as Snow White. However, sheproves to be less-than-praiseworthy. Not that she's inherently bad,it's just that, well, she has an unfortunate habit of lapsing back intothose Bella Swan tics, where she bits her lip uncomfortably and smileslike it hurts her. I'd rather she didn't spend the entire film lookingshe she had taken a bite from the poisonous apple. Raffey Cassidy, onthe other hand, wasn't all that bad as her younger self.Charlize Theron went slightly overboard at times - not that I don'tmind OTT performances, (I loved Nic Cage in Herzog's Bad Lieutenant orGary Oldman in Leon) - yet even when she screameddefiantly/hysterically ,she held her icy performance together and it(just about) worked,convincingly conveying her as a queen who is trulyevil; which was a nice change from Julia Roberts' mind-numbinglyunfunny queen in Mirror Mirror. I liked Hemsworth in it worth, even ifhis accent wavered at times, I've always thought he had an affirmingscreen presence since his performance as George Kirk made me shed atear. The Terry Gilliam-esque casting of the dwarfs was genuinelygreat, Eddie Marsan,Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, etc. Howeverit was a shame they were wasted and given lines like "All we get ispoo!" or the infuriatingly clichÃ©d "She is the one."The script was flawed, flat and flaccid; making some scenes feeldeathly dull. It was clichÃ©d, as illustrated by the stilted dialogue,but then again would you really expect the rug to be pulled from underyour feet by Snow White? No, not really. Throughout, this damp scripttussles with an impressive visual style: it was what really helped thefilm, along with Theron and another enjoyable score by James NewtonHoward. The visuals were quite a joy to witness, from the Castle, tothe troll's design, to the juxtaposition of the Dwarfs' home-place,(however that scene's overuse of CGI was something I wasn't keen on). The climatic beach battle was far too reminiscent of Ridley Scott'sRobin Hood, which is another case of the film wearing its apparentinfluences on its sleeve - Terry Gilliam, Guillermo Del Toro, PeterJackson and Mr. Scott - yet it is understandable being Rupert Sandersdirectorial debut, which despite being flawed, is promising.I've many reviews of this, some of which have described it as being afeminist metaphor, well, it isn't. It is nothing deep or thought-provoking, it is an ambitious retelling of the Grimm tale, nothingmore, nothing less and in spite of a weak script, consistent visualflourishes, an occasionally rousing score and Theron's absorbingperformance as Ravenna are what save the film in the end.
Patrick Czekaj (17 May 2013)
Snow White and the Huntsman offers a very fancy and spectacular twistto this old children's story, making it a movie definitely worthseeing, even for its admirable beauty and perfectly magical world, inwhich it takes place. If you are still thinking over the choice of SnowWhite and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror you should definitely go andsee the former.Everyone, who ever was a child, knows how the storyline must go. Sothere is definitely not a single element of surprise to be found inprocess. But there are some very nice additions to the character'sportrayals and to the fairytale sphere, meaning many fascinatingcreatures and monsters on the road. Sometimes it even reminds of TheLord of the Rings, due to its epic music and one noticeable mountainscene (a fellowship of characters from various races? You got it).There is, of course, the Dark Forest, but it possess a much darkerspirit than ever before. Particularly the hallucinogenic mushroomsprovide for a rather psychedelic experience for anyone, who sniffstheir poison. Mysterious creatures wander everywhere, from regularsnakes, to big-as-hell trolls. There is also a village, consisting ofwomen, who cut their faces, in order to avoid the Queen's cruel hands(and breath that sucks the youth out of anyone).Probably the greatest moment in the whole picture is the one, when theeight dwarfs (yes, eight, even though one of them dies later) inviteSnow White and her protector to a dream-like realm, that looks likeit's been taken straight from the Disney's version of the tale. This isa place, where the grass is greener, and the sun shiner brighter, thecolors are more positive; the naked fairies sing wondrous songs. It's avery powerful use of advanced CGI, making it one of the strongestaspects of the picture.However, the emphasis put on the visual side makes it harder for themovie to provide a better look at the characters, i.e. the dwarfs(unfortunately, the full potential of the actors playing them isn'texploited).The main drawback of the movie is the miscast for a role of the titularheroine. Kristen Stewart isn't at all convincing. She doesn't remind meof the beautiful and jolly White from the cartoon version. She has thesame facial expression for the whole time, in every single scene. Aftera few minutes it became so annoying that I started wondering why everyman in the story is so fond of her. Her performance is very weak andcolorless, in opposition to the wonderful world that surrounds her. Chris Hemsworth is decent as the Huntsman, the guy, who sacrifices hislife to protect the princess. He did a good job portraying the strongand brave young fellow, who still mourns his late wife. I just couldn'tdig the accent, somehow.Charlize Theron is a scene-stealer as the evil Queen. She makes theviewer hate her character, but at the same time admire her grace andbeauty. From the moment that she takes a bath in the pool of strangewhite liquid, to the moment of her final defeat, she was able topresent a person of such tremendous hatred for all men, and suchshallow greed for youth, that it was almost hypnotizing.All in all, if you want to remind yourself of this classic tale (and atthe same time of your childhood days), Snow White and the Huntsman is aproduction that won't let you down.
collipal-1 (17 May 2013)
I have officially lost my enthusiasm in this trend of "re-imaginating"fairy tales to modern audiences. By many monsters, anti-heroes and"dark" melodrama which are introduced to these traditional stories, theresult tends to be too far-fetched, lacking of narrative gravity and,in the best of the cases, only marginally entertaining. And they areall visually impressive in order to distract us from their hollowcharacters and pre-fabricated structures. Snow White and the Huntsmanfussily follows that formula, making Snow White an action heroine andcreating new characters which work as filler, comic relief or simple"cannon fodder". In other words, a bland "goth" fantasy", which despitenot being boring, is completely forgettable.Snow White and the Huntsman isn't a bad film; I just found it sterileand generic. On the positive side, director Rupert Sanders shows a goodeye for the special effects, and he doesn't saturate us with them tothe point of the weariness, like we saw in similar films. And eventhough the screenplay has various weak elements, its rhythm is agile,and I could see a slight effort to bring an appropriate motivation tothe characters, as well as the dramatic arc which makes them evolvethrough the movie. Having said that, there's nothing original in thescreenplay, and it seems to have been built with the exchangeablemodules we already know: the villain showing evilness on an innocentvictim; the heroine who proves (out of nothing) being a fiercecombatant; the anti-hero with a tortuous past who must prove himself;the speech in order to inspire courage on the troops; the wise old manwho knows more than what he says...well, anyone who has seen a fantasyfilm (or has read a book of the genre) will guess the development ofevery scene in advance. As I said, that doesn't make the film bad, butit steals us the emotion of the suspense and the catharsis of feelingthat the main character defeats insuperable obstacles because of herquenching, and not for being interpreted by the main actress.Talking about the main actress, Kristen Stewart makes a very poor workin her role; she only displays two expressions in the whole film, whichcan both be described as confusing anguish and anguished confusion.Stewart can never transmit the weight of her character. On theopposite, Charlize Theron brings energy and conviction as the villain,while Chris Hemsworth is adequate as the anti-hero. The "midgets" areinterpreted by various good actors (I'm referring to Bob Hoskins, RayWinstone, Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan), but Ifound the fact that they were "midgeted" by special effects a bitoffensive, because actors with the correct physical appearance couldhave been hired).Even though I didn't like it very much, at least I have to say I foundSnow White and the Huntsman superior to Alice in Wonderland (2010), RedRiding Hood (2011) and Mirror Mirror. I don't regret having watchedthis film, but I didn't find it very satisfactory, and I can only giveit a slight recommendation.
estebangonzalez10 (15 May 2013)
Â¨Lips red as blood. Hair black as night. Bring me your heart my dear,dear Snow White.Â¨ This is as close of a Tim Burton version of SnowWhite then you'll ever see (even if Tim Burton himself directs one).The visual style of the film is pretty dark, but fascinating. It standsout in the film, but what the movie has going for it visually, it lacksstory wise. The movie dragged for very long periods of time and movedreally slowly. If it weren't for the great visuals I might have notmade it through this original version of the classic story we've allseen hundreds of times before. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs wasDisney's first feature length movie and one of my favorite classics. Irecall the darkness of it involving the evil witch, but I also rememberthe sweetness of Snow White and the playfulness of the seven dwarfs.Director Rupert Sanders does a very good job at setting the dark moodthanks to the strong performance from Charlize Theron, but he fails tocapture the sweetness and innocence that embodies Snow White. As muchas I like Kirsten Stewart, she really never convinced me as Snow Whiteand that is my greatest complaint along with a lack of a better or moreengaging storyline. This film was written by Evan Daugherty, John LeeHancock, and Hossein Amini (the screenplay writer of my favorite filmlast year: Drive), but despite being beautifully shot and having greatvisuals it lacked a bit more heart in the story and a betterconclusion. Despite moving so slow during most of the story, it seemsto finish rather quickly and abruptly at the end. The movie does havesome positive things however, such as Chris Hemsworth's performance andsome of the great actors playing the dwarfs.We are all familiar with Snow White, although this film does takeseveral liberties and takes us different places (despite having severalof the same characters and lines from the original like Â¨Mirror, mirroron the wall who is fairest of them all? Â¨). Snow White is played byKristen Stewart who's a princess until the day her mother dies and herfather remarries Ravenna (Charlize Theron). Once Ravenna becomes Queenshe murders Snow White's father and locks her in the towers. The evilRavenna begins to rule and the kingdom grows very dark. She's a witchwith eternal beauty thanks to the hundreds of girls she's killed. Theirhearts are the secret to her youth and beauty. She rules along with herbrother Finn (Sam Spruell) who is more like her servant. Once Ravennadiscovers that Snow White's beauty is a threat to her powers she sendsFinn to bring her in order to kill her, but Snow White manages toescape and hides in the dark forest. That is when Ravenna hires theHuntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to go after her and bring her back, but oncethe Huntsman meets Snow White he decides to protect her instead. SnowWhite's childhood friend, William (Sam Claflin), hears she's stillalive and also begins searching for her in order to protect her andoverthrow the evil Queen. Along the way Snow White and the Huntsman runinto some dwarfs (played by such great actors as Ian McShane, BobHoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, and JohnnyHarris) who also decide to protect her from the evil powers of theQueen and so the journey continues.I actually enjoyed some of the supporting characters in this film. Theactors that played the dwarfs brought a lot of comedy to an otherwisevery dark and serious film. Chris Hemsworth was the other actor whobrought some comedic relief to the table, and perhaps my favoritecharacter of the film (reminding us as to why Thor was so good despitethe ridiculous plot). The film had its entertaining moments, but I justfelt it too dark of a picture for my enjoyment and really wished itwould have had a better ending. Was it better than I expected it to be?Yes, but that doesn't mean it was good either. Kristen Stewart is abeautiful actress, but she didn't fit the role of Snow White, she isnot the typical sweet actress, there is some darkness in her as well.This is not a kid's version of Snow White and is mostly for adults, butI still was left with an empty feeling from the theater as if somethingwere missing. I didn't have a terrible time with this film; I wouldgive it a 5.8, almost enjoyable.http://estebueno10.blogspot.com
House-90 (14 May 2013)
A nice visual treat among many others in Snow White and the Huntsman isthe famous mirror, mirror on the wall. As the story goes, the mirrortells the Queen if her beauty is the flavor of the month or not and itslithers in unexpected creating an indelible effect, which is typicalof much of the film's imagery. One shot boasts the most beautifulscenic shot I've seen all year. As well as the clandestine mirror,other stand-alone figures in this film are beautifully rendered fantasycreatures. The evil Queen's vampire ways make her live off beautiful souls tomaintain a strict diet of occult-like super powers yet I had to ask whyshe needs beauty, something so foreign to evil, to keep her on top.Quite simply, beauty feeds her vanity, enslaving her to lust for power.But there is sadness to her and a flashback and references to her pastreveals hell hath no fury as a woman scorned. She wants to be thefairest of them all but this vile Queen needs Snow White's pure heartso she can reign forever while Snow White has the opportunity to undothe Queen's evil and fall affecting the land, vanquishing it once andfor all.
Sonia Renthlei (13 May 2013)
****CONTAINS SPOILER**** ************************ Bad Brit accent byCharlize. I don't understand how that happened. Loved the SFX and thelandscapes but other than that, not worth watching. Kristen, I feel,was less wooden although the call to arms was poorly 'screamed' out.Sad, really, cos they could have done it so much better.Chris and dwarfs were the best in my opinion. The storyline waswell-crafted to turn this well-known fairy tale into a gritty show.Unfortunately, the poor performances and the bad accents really put adamper on the scenes. I wish casting directors would get theirselections right.
RyanAlexander220 (13 May 2013)
Snow White & The Huntsman, one of the most anticipated movies of thissummer falls flat shortly after starting and not once doesn't it getback up. The lesson I learned today after watching the film is thattrailers aren't always what the movies will be like and that some or infact better than the actual movie itself. That is the case for a darkertwist on the Snow White fairy-tale we all knew as a child.Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron are the big namesin the film and I felt Charlize was the only great one. Stewart playsSnow White and honestly doesn't talk that much at all in the film(maybe this is because of her poor acting skills), Hemsworth plays themighty Huntsman who has no character development and doesn't bringanything exciting to the film. Theron plays the Evil Queen and is byfar the best thing about this whole film! She plays her role sobeautifully and is so good at being bad that I couldn't help but smileevery time she appeared on-screen. With that being said, however, Ifeel she could have been a bigger part of the movie and would actuallyrather have her be the main character (if that would even be possible).With the acting so-so Snow White & The Huntsman really suffered afterabout 30 minutes when the pacing went downhill with a good hour beingsuper slow and boring. I feel that even though I usually like longfilms, this one was just way too long. My biggest disappointment waswhat was included in the amazing trailer that didn't make it on the bigscreen for some very odd reason. Not once did I hear the Queen laughher evil laugh nor did I hear her say my favorite line "Lips red asblood, hair black as night. Bring me your heart, my dear Snow White."This could have easily been incorporated and it wasn't.While most of the film was negative I did see some light shine through.The cinematography and costumes were stunning which really helped mefrom completely falling asleep. The CGI and "The Sanctuary" scene werebeautiful and were definitely fairy-tale like. I'd also like to giveprops to whoever put together the trailers because you successfullymade a boring and lackluster movie look like an epic masterpiece.Bottom line is unless you are like me and went to see this film partlycause of Charlize then I recommend you wait for it to go to yournearest dollar theater or even DVD.- Ryan Pearce www.vambient.com
Thoroughly Disappointed (12 May 2013)
As a huge fan of fantasy books and films, I had very high hopes forthis one... Especially when people said "oh, you liked Lord of theRings? You'll love this!" The verdict? I now know who *not* to listento next time. If your tastes are similar to mine, you tend to read thebooks before watching the movies and you don't really follow particularactors. So, really, I had high expectations for this film - and thatmight've been the problem... Charlize Theron played the evil queen wellbut I would've loved it if the film had delved further into the queen'shistory as several ideas were started but never really explained (Ihave a decent imagination but I don't really think, as a viewer, Ishould be entirely responsible for thinking up ways to connect thedots). For instance, why is the Queen able to feel everything herbrother feels? Why did her mother decide to give her the spell ratherthan both her and her brother or just her brother? And why, once we getinto the meat (or the attempt at the meat) of the story, did the Queenspare Snow White's life when she didn't yet know Snow White was "thefairest"? And if she did know, all the more reason! Why spare her?? TheHuntsman was, I would argue, the best developed character - at least incomparison to the others. At the very least, you knew enough to explainhis drinking problem and his bitterness... That said, his wasn't anoverly complex character to portray. For exactly that reason, it seemedmore than a little ridiculous that the Huntsman *alone* carried theromantic scenes between he and Snow White. For instance, at one point,as he leads Snow White through the forest, he takes a knife to herskirts (apparently he thought they were getting in the way). Snow Whitestares blankly at the Huntsman and it is only once he says "don'tflatter yourself" that you realize the emotion Snow White wassupposedly showing was chaste shock. Granted that, perhaps if I wasmore familiar with Kristen Stewart's acting, I might have recognizedwhat she was portraying, but, on the other hand, I'm more of the mindthat I shouldn't need to know your acting style in order to recognizeso basic an emotion. This kind of jarring (not in a good way) andunbalanced acting was repeated at the end of the film when Snow Whiteis crowned and the Huntsman enters the room. Looking at Snow White, onesees only a blank yet tearful smile, but when The camera turns to theHuntsman it dawns on you that there was supposed to be some sort ofmoment passing between them. All in all, the chemistry existed only onthe side of the Huntsman, leaving much to be desired from KristenStewart's portrayal. And that, of course, brings us to Snow White. Thecharacter seems to borrow much from Joan of Arc to the point that onemight wonder if she wondered into the wrong film. There is an attemptto develop the character but Ms Stewart seems to be little able tocarry the development of what might have been a very strong femalecharacter. The only hint of real strength comes with Snow White'sbattle speech which would've been fantastic except for the utter lackof build up to this newfound strength of character. So, in spite of thebest intentions, this moment came across as contrived. If only KristenStewart had managed to keep up that pace of energy throughout the restof the film, it might have been more believable. So, unfortunately,though I had high hopes, I actually found myself rolling my eyesfrequently and feeling a bit like I was watching someone show off allhis "super awesome" visual effects - which *was* pretty cool... Justnot enough to carry a story. In conclusion, if you count yourself asone who likes a good plot, great character development, and strongfemale leads... Either lower your expectations or skip this oneentirely.
jayendran-suresh (11 May 2013)
I was no less than enthralled by the trailer & wanted to catch themovie on its 1st day. I made it to the evening show. The story isreally good and has a lot of energy. So are the exotic locales and theacting by everyone. The locales and the camera work are really good &for sure you would not be let down. kristen as snow white is purebeauty. chris as the huntsmen has done quite well. The bad part is thepace of this movie.. i found it seriously slow and dragging. Thissometimes made my experience frustrating so much so that i took a smallnap in between :). The ingredients are good, the preparation steps are good but the timeto cook is something that was the spoiler. So the verdict, if u can sitthrough this movie , u will enjoy it.
Dallon Thorup (10 May 2013)
First thing I would like to say is that Kristen Stewart really carriesthis movie and does a great job at it. Those of you who critique herbased only on Twilight, you forget the handful of great films she hasbeen in. The Joan Jett movie with Dakota Fanning, Adventureland, PanicRoom...just to name a few. Twilight is a horrible depiction of anyactor in those films because those stories are poorly written.... SnowWhite and the Huntsman was written to bring new life to a classic fairytale we all know, and captivate us as an audience.I'm glad that all my expectations for this movie were met! I recommendpeople go see this movie if they have ANY interest in seeing this movieGO SEE IT!!! This is a great summer movie, very reminiscent of Lord ofthe Rings and Game of Thrones with the feel of the movie
Rachel Cobleigh (10 May 2013)
I liked that the movie's plot didn't go entirely as I expected, inseveral key ways. We never get any big romantic scenes. That's not tosay that there isn't a lovely romance happening quietly within it all,but it's not the win condition. Snow White doesn't resolve the conflictby winning the heart of her Prince Charming.I also loved the fact that the writers had all the ingredients for alove triangle and they just don't go anywhere near it. Although bothmale leads are fond of Snow White, they don't let their feelings cloudtheir judgment. There's never a moment when either has even a singlejealous glance. We never have a scene where Snow White agonizes overwhich one she's in love with. Both men are essential to the plot, butthey are ultimately both incidental to Snow White successfully bringingthe plot to a close. Again, a pleasant, well-executed surprise.Charlize Theron chewed the scenery as the Queen, which made thecharacter work. You hated the Queen and yet at the same time achedhorribly for her. Her powers were formidable and yet frustratinglylimited. She oozed evil but was never campy. Theron adds a level ofbelievability to what otherwise could have been a cardboard villainess.In her hands, it was clear that the Queen wasn't shallow: she hadplenty of depth, but the only things she had in those depths were pain,betrayal, fear, and a life without selfless, trustworthy love.I also liked how the Queen never indicates that she's jealous of SnowWhite's beauty; the mirror is more of a measure of the strength of hermagic than a means of perpetuating vanity. The word "fairest" takes ona different meaning in this movie, referring more to righteousness thanto beauty. Snow White's claim to fame is repeatedly established as hermoral blamelessness, not her looks. (Yay!) When the Queen asks themirror if she herself is the fairest one, she's asking whether shestill has the moral high ground, compared to the men in her life whohave used her. When she encounters Snow White, though, her own sense ofrighteousness pales in comparison to true righteousness. This is a taleof a woman whose life was twisted around a lie that eventuallydestroyed her. Her actual death felt more tragic than triumphant andTheron was utterly convincing.When Chris Hemsworth had a chance to do something other than swing aheavy weapon around and growl at things, which he's great at, he did itwell. The Huntsman is almost immediately an interesting, unexpectedcharacter: he's a widower. That one fact of his existence drives nearlyeverything else he does and makes him more than just a thug. After allthe physicality of the character throughout the movie, Hemsworth'sperformance in the pivotal waking scene was a marked contrast and wasall the more powerful for it.Kristin Stewart is believable an orphaned and imprisoned teenager: anold soul in some ways because of the pain she's endured, but awoman-child in so many other ways. Yes, her perpetually-open mouth is abit tedious, but the fierce fragility she conveys is the right note forSnow White.The movie is visually gorgeous: the landscapes are beautiful, thefairies looked otherworldly without being cutesy, Sanctuary wasbreathtaking, the dwarfs were a great mix of comic/tragic, and theQueen's scenes were all worth watching a second time. You never getbored with the visuals.But the real reasons I liked the movie were all the ways in which itdidn't go where I expected, and yet still worked. It was bothsatisfying and left me wanting more. Excellent.
Joey A' Rpd (07 May 2013)
Gonna be honest over here: 'Mirror Mirror' was one of the worst moviesI have ever seen and by this, I was so unmotivated and so uninspired tosee 'Snow White and the Huntsman', until my girlfriend forced me to doso, like she did for Twilight, thinking I was going to be bored totears: I regret my thoughts. The movie is hugely brutal and a flat-outmasterpiece by itself. 1. THE QUEEN: Charlize Theron really took outthe limitless evil from Ravenna unlike any Queen portrayal. She, asalways, was one of the best characters throughout the movie. She doesknow how to die melting :) 2. SNOW WHITE: I gotta say something I neverthought I was gonna say in my life: Kristen Stewart really showed tothe audience that she doesn't act like a depressive human in the middleof a vampiric/werewolf love. She acted like a brave, bold and valiantformer princess that couldn't be better performed. 3. THE HUNTSMAN:Hemsworth was actually very cool. I'm a man, so I cannot put so muchemphasis on this one, but his acting was fair.4. THE Dwarfs: They were actually good, but not WOW. 5. Prince William:I thought that the lead male roll in the movie was going to be him, butto be exact, he appears few times in the movie. The Huntsman wasbetter, but yet, Claflin was good too. The movie over-all was astonishing and electrifying. Everyone should gosee it and WORD OF ADVICE: IGNORE SOME OF THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OFABOVE, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT RIGHT. My rating: 10.0/10!
jas_webb (07 May 2013)
hmmm just finished watching and what to say...lets begin with the good things.Charlize Theron is great, she really gets into the evil queen role andpulls it off with some wicked style. the visuals are dark andforeboding, there is a sense of gloom and despair throughout the filmwhich is really in keeping with the gruesome fairytale that theoriginal actually is. And while they were there throughout, it was niceto see a film not relying on special effects and cgi to tell the story,they felt just right and not overdone at all. throw in some nice brightlook there is light at the end of the tunnel moments and a good scoreand it was a job well done.Im also not going to slate the storyline for not following thefairytale to the letter, Disney managed to totally get away with it sowhy shouldn't this adaptation. I really did enjoy the story as itunfolded, the pace was OK, few slow bits here and there but overall itkept me engaged.The casting on the whole was pretty good, not enough time spentexploring the story and characters of the dwarfs for my liking, wouldhave been nice to see more of bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone and IanMcShane. and the prince charming character... well it seemed a bit ofan after thought, like the director got to the end and thought, oooh ibetter put in a prince or people wont like it.what i didn't like was the casting of snow white, I mean really?Kristen Stewart playing the fairest of them all? unfortunately aspretty as she is (and she is lovely looking) Kristen will never be inthe same league as Charlize Theron who really is stunning in this filmat times, kinda makes you wanna say out loud when she is saying mirrormirror on the wall who is the fairest of them all.. you are charlize..you are.Kristen Stewart has one style of acting, she's like a moody goth childwho has been grounded and while that is absolutely perfect for twilightshe does not have the depth to keep up with the rest of the cast. whenshe smiles it reminds me of Sheldon cooper in big bang smiling.. itsjust not real or right. such a shame, i found her performance dull,even the big inspirational speech to rally the troops was erm.. blah..i didn't care. Though in saying all that, right at this moment i cannotfor the life of me think of another young actress who could have pulledoff being the fairest of them all competing against charlize.. somaybe.. just maybe it was the queen that should have been recast..ooooh controversial ;-) overall its a good film. i enjoyed it a lot andwould recommend it. I will add after reading back my review i feel ishould say that i have nothing against Kristen Stewart, i quite likedher in into the wild and she is perfect in twilight but.. she reallyshouldn't have been cast as snow white.just my opinion of course and you know what they say about opinions..everybody's got one
betweenclass (05 May 2013)
The movie had some fantastic leads. Charlize Theron as the witch wasamazing, and Chris Hemsworth was expressive and stole the spotlight.Theron's portrayal showed the witch as desperate, alone, and slightlyinsane. Hemsworth's Huntsman was haunted and every time he was oncamera you couldn't look away. Both characters came alive and made thestory believable.However, Kristen Stewart as the lead was a mistake. She was clearly outof her league, and every line she had was a pull from the story as yourealized it was just some actors walking around talking instead of afull immersion into the movie.To quote a friend, every time she was on screen, "The illusion wasshattered!" There's a scene in the "Sanctuary" that is stolen, cameraangles and all, from Princess Mononoke (the appearance of the ForestSpirit). There was no attempt to hide it, the spirit looked exactly thesame, antlers and all.Why were the dwarfs full size actors? Were Bob Hoskins and Nick Frostmore believable than ACTUAL little people acting? Really? There are sofew acting jobs tailor-made for them, why take the role away? Theending: No spoilers, but the climax will leave you completely annoyed.You'll wish the was 30 seconds more of plot and it seemed rushed andforgotten until they tried to meet a deadline.I wish they'd hired someone else as Snow White, I wish the writerscould come up with original plot points (there is nothing unique or newabout this, even the Troll in it looked like the white gorillas fromCongo). The action is good, and the pans of the landscape and castleswere great, and the dark forest was absolutely terrifying. Worth arental, but not seeing in the theater or owning.
FlashCallahan (05 May 2013)
Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as theMagic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen's immortality.The Queen sends her men, led by local huntsman to bring her back.But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he's being played and turnsagainst the Queens men, saving Snow White in the process.Meanwhile, Snow's childhood friend, William, learns that she is aliveand sets off to save her too......Every year there is a summer movie that gets a lot of hype, but justdoesn't really do anything for you. This was that movie, and it reallyis the pits.The first thing you notice is that the makers really don'e know whereto go with this. Do they want straight out fantasy? or are they goingdown the Ridley Scott epic way.Either way they fail. Stewart is woefully miscast in this, and althoughher other projects away from Twilight really show her flair for acting,this just shows how wooden she can be, and it's unfortunate for herthat this will be seen by many, who would have never heard of the'Runaways'.Hemsworth sports the worst Scottish accent this year, but is divertingwhen he isn't speaking, but Theron is magnificent in the movie andmakes every scene she isn't in just scream for her.other than that, the film doesn't really deliver any thrills, laughs oraction, we just plod along from one set piece to the next, whichconsidering the huge budget is way to go to make such a boring film.
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