Snow White and the Huntsman Review

Charlize Theron Ravenna Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman Review

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

This review is a little late, and, frankly, a little short, compared to my review of Prometheus. However, since I honestly enjoyed this movie more than Prometheus, I thought it would be worth while to talk about Snow White.

Snow White and the Huntsman is a very beautiful film. If you’ve even half paid attention to the trailers, you’ll recognize it for yourself. The sweeping cinematography and visual effects are simply stunning. The look of the mirror when it morphs into a person is evocative of the T-1000, and personally I found it far more imaginative than the typical face-in-the-mirror that we’re used to seeing. Also, the fake army that disintegrates into shards that look like coal is an effect that will surely be used in other movies.

Unfortunately, the effects can’t quite cover the fact that the plot is fairly thin. To a degree, this is to be expected given it’s based on a fairy tale. There’s very little in the story that is surprising, except perhaps the fact that Snow White doesn’t end up with either her childhood beau or the huntsman.

Rather than create new original material to add to the well known tale, the writers of Snow White and the Huntsman instead created large sequences of scenes that are wholly unnecessary. The stop at the village of female refugees is one, as is the scene with the fairies and deer king. This leaves the movie oddly uneven. Little time is spent with the dwarves. And, none of the characters, with the possible exception of Charlize Theron’s Queen Ravenna is particularly fleshed out. This I suppose marks the difference between a well loved fantasy like Lord of the Rings and a movie like Snow White and the Huntsman: weeks after you’ve seen LOTR, the characters still stay with you.

As for the actors, much has been made about Kristen Stewart and her lack of acting skills, mostly by Twilight haters. Personally, she didn’t really do enough to make an impression on me either way. The one actor you will still be thinking about is Theron who clearly relishes her role. She scenery chews her way through the entire film, you know, when she’s not pretending to nibble on bird hearts and steal the youth from women. Frankly, along with the visualS, Charlize Theron is the lifeblood of the film. Without her excellent performance the movie would barely register with audiences. As for Chris Hemsworth, I’ll be honest, I didn’t much care for him or his character. He’s not exactly the loveable rogue a la Madmartigan, nor is he the reluctant hero like Aragorn. His connection with Snow White is never effectively explored, and there are numerous scenes where I felt like the camera turned to Hemsworth because, you know, his character’s name is in the title, expecting him to just stand there and emote. I’ll be honest, that felt a little too Twilight-ish for my taste.

So did I enjoy Snow White and the Huntsman? Overall, yes. It’s a flawed film, and while the plot is thin and there are more than a few plot holes, it’s certainly got plenty of visual effects and cheesiness to enjoy on a certain level. Re-watchable, perhaps not, but it’s still a fun movie.