Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Snow White and the Huntsman
Director: Rupert Sanders
Writers: Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini
Cast: Kristin Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Sam Spruell, Bob Hoskins, Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Brian Gleeson, Johnny Harris, Noah Huntley, Vincent Regan, Liberty Ross, Christopher Obi, Lily Cole, Rachael Stirling, Hattie Gotobed, Raffey Cassidy, Xavier Atkins, Izzy Meikle-Small, Elliot Reeve, Anastasia Hille, Mark Wingett, Jamie Blackley, Matt Berry, Dave Legeno, Greg Hicks, Peter Ferdinando, Andrew Hawley, Joey Ansah, Gregor Truter, Tom Mullion
Synopsis: In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality
Snow White meets Lord of the Rings...Oh my...
As I gaze upon my magic mirror, I ask it fondly with the magical words..."Mirror mirror on the wall...can Kristen Stewart ever make a fantasy movie that's actually any good?" The mirror looks blankly upon thee, and reveals a creepy hooded man that says in a eerily dark voice, "No, but 'Snow White and the Huntsman' isn't a bad movie for a rental."
All kidding aside, one does not need a magic mirror to foresee the quality of this film, as it's exactly what you'd expect from watching the trailers. A fairy tale that gets turned into a gritty epic action movie in ilk of other classic fantasy films such as the "Lord of the Rings Trilogy."
Does thine attempt work to create an epic fantasy masterpiece? Or does it come off just another run of the mill rip off of "Lord of the Rings?" Let's find out. Although I'm sure most readers already know the story of Snow White, but I'll explain it anyway for the few people out there that haven't.
The story is based off the classic fairy tale of Snow White. An evil witch comes into power by marrying the King, and then killing him after they've wed. From here, the queen takes over with her army and dark magic; even imprisoning the fair princess, Snow White. The evil queen's magic requires her to suck out the youth of young girls, to maintain her youth and beauty.
As time goes on, Snow White becomes a beautiful young woman, which prompts the queen's magic mirror to tell her that she is no longer the fairest of them all, as that honor now belongs to Snow White. To make matters more interesting, Snow White is a pure and incorruptible spirit that might hold the key to destroying the queen's evil reign once and for all. But on the other hand, if the queen manages to take Snow White's heart, then not only will she maintain her beauty without ever having to suck out another soul again, but she'll also become immortal as well. Indeed, this queen's soul purpose in life is eternal beauty, and conquering the entire world.
It's never made clear where the queen came from. Heck, we don't even know what her motivation is for becoming so evil to begin with other than she's just power hungry. In fact, one could say she's evil incarnate. Hell, the one scene where you see her kill a man, after he stabs her, is enough to let anyone know that this is one woman that you do not want to mess with.
Of course, most of this has to do with Charlize Theron's captivating performance as the evil queen. Not only is she beautiful, but her performance emits a terrifying chill to let audiences know that she's not one to be messed with. In perhaps a better written fantasy epic, Charlize Theron's queen might have been hailed as one of the best villains in cinematic history.
To get back to the rest of the story, Snow White somehow manages to escape her prison once she comes of age. The princess proceeds into the dark forest, where very few ever come out alive. Needless to say, this angers the queen, so she seeks out a local huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), whom is one of the rare few that survived the dark forest. Reluctant at first, the queen promises the huntsman that she'll bring his lost wife back from the grave if he helps her get Snow White back.
The huntsman has no idea who Snow White is, but agrees to help with hopes of seeing his lost wife again. However, due to a series of events, the huntsman has a change of heart, and decides to help the princess in her quest to escape. Along the way, they meet some dwarfs, and eventually Snow White ends up leading the rebellion against the queen's dark forces.
Not only do we get a Hollywood pre-battle speech about fighting against evil or whatever by Kristen Stewart, but we also see an epic battle on par with other epic films such as "Braveheart" and "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King." Oh my goodness. I guess the filmmakers behind this movie really wanted to make this the next "Lord of the Rings" type franchise.
Sadly, it's not even close to that level. For starters, Kristen Stewart is terrible in this role. Don't get me wrong, she certainly puts more effort into this part than she ever did as Bella in those god awful "Twilight" movies, and it shows here, but she still comes off as an actress that's reading lines off a damn script whenever she speaks. Nothing about her performance ever sounds like she's truly embraces her character.
Heck, Chris Hemsworth had a smaller part than her, yet he practically steals the show the instance he's introduced onscreen. Sheesh, it's no wonder why the sequel plans to this franchise involve the huntsman taking over as the lead character. If wasn't for both Theron and Hemsworth, I probably would've been bored out of mind watching this film.
As for the rest of the story, most of the characters aren't fully developed. You have a noble character named William, who seems to care deeply for Snow White's safety, yet we barely know anything about him.
Plus, around the ending, it seems like the film tries to turn itself into an epic fantasy movie in ilk of "Lord of the Rings." However, that franchise benefited from a great writing staff, and a director that was passionate about the source material. Whereas "Snow White and the Huntsman", it just comes off as cliched rip off of what movie audiences have seen before. It's hardly that epic.
Granted, the fight scenes are well choreographed, and I'll admit the special effects are nothing short of breathtaking. But other than that, "Snow White and the Huntsman" is nothing more than an average fantasy film in ilk of those like "Dragon Heart" and etc. Not saying that's a bad thing, but it's nowhere near as epic as the trailers try to make you believe.
Before casting my final rating of this movie, I'd like to ask my magic mirror once more..."Mirror mirror on the wall...what's the fairest rating to give this film?" The mirror looks upon me, as the hooded man appears to say, "A rating of two and a half out of four would seem to be the most fair, as it's worth renting. However, if it was still in theaters, I wouldn't recommend it" I nod in agreement, as I say bluntly, "I couldn't agree more."