Snow White and the Huntsman, a new reinvention to one of the most known fairytale graced the big screen last June 1st 2012. It stars Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth. This new film brings Snow White into a new light, as a warrior princess. She comes through every trial and learns to defend herself and bring change into the world. So what is the verdict with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth first movie collaboration? Let’s take a look at James Berardinelli’s movie review for Snow White and the Huntsman:
“Snow White and the Huntsman: Live Action And A New Twist To The Fairytale Kingdom
Let’s start out by not dwelling overmuch on the existence of Mirror Mirror. The basic story outline may be the same, but the similarities end there. Everything of importance is different: tone, intent, plot specifics, and so forth. Mirror Mirror is a family film with occasional bursts of Time Bandits-inspired comedy. Snow White and the Huntsman is a darker, more serious endeavor – a fantasy-tinged action/adventure tragedy that may disappoint traditionalists expecting something more child-friendly. The participation of Kristen Stewart will garner some attention from the Twilight crowd, although this incarnation of Snow White is 180 degrees from the passive, chronically victimized Bella Swan. Imagine, if you will, Bella dressed in armor and swinging a sword.
There’s something almost Shakespearean about this movie. The three leads are emotionally damaged and spend a great deal of time trying to work through some issues. All could use a weekly therapy session but they find ways to compensate. At times, Snow White and the Huntsman is almost too grim for its own good. It’s not a lot of fun and the heroic element drowns in the leaden atmosphere. Attempts to inject a little humor via the antics of the dwarves don’t work, especially since one of the little people is killed early in the proceedings. No one’s going to be singing “Hi ho! Hi ho! It’s off to work we go!” after that happens.
Snow White and the Huntsman includes plenty of PG-13 violence with creatures that would be at home in The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia, or Harry Potter. The larger battle sequences, of which there are several, are perfunctory, suffering by comparison with the long, gritty, detailed conflicts presented in Peter Jackson’s films. Visually, however, Snow White and the Huntsman is splendid, arguably offering a more eye-popping experience than the fantastical world created by Tarsem in Mirror Mirror. First-time director Rupert Sanders treats his cinematic canvas like a grand playground, allowing his imagination to run free with the aid of CGI. An evocative sequence in which a flock of crows comes together to form the queen is emblematic of Sanders’ visual sense. Whether or not he can direct actors with equal expertise remains an open question; Snow White and the Huntsman does not provide sufficient evidence to assign a grade.”
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