White Wash - A review of Snow White and the Huntsman
Kristin Stewart is incapable of acting outside of her comfort zone. Her Snow White is tougher than other portrayals but we can do without the angst.
This is the second film this year to visit the tale of the young princess, hated by her step mother, the Queen, who banishes her to fend for herself in the wild. The rub this time is that the Queen sends a capable hired killer out to finish the job.
Unlike “Mirror Mirror” which played the whole story for mirth and laughter, this tale takes things a little more seriously. And it takes a darker approach with more blood and mayhem mixed in for the ride.
Charlize Theron is making quite a name for herself playing fiendish villains and other notorious characters. Here, she is a veritable queen of mean as she tries to determine the best way to ensure her immortality by killing and eating the heart of Snow White (Kristin Stewart).
When White hightails it into the dark forest (Why are all these mysterious forests all over the world just referred to as “The Dark Forest”? Can’t anyone come up with a more entertaining description?), the Queen engages the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, currently also gracing the screen as Thor in Marvel’s Avengers), a very capable tracker who only wants to raise his wife from the dead or join her in eternity.
The casts’ weak link is Stewart who seems incapable of playing anything other than brooding angst-ridden characters. Her portrayal is so one-note that while we may root for her to beat out the forces of darkness, we doubt she’ll be a more enlightened ruler than the one we’re already forced to endure.
And what’s with the Hollywood maneuver of casting full-sized humans in the roles of the dwarves? Is there a glut on short people in Tinseltown that the producers felt the need to employ the likes of Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins and Toby Jones (among others) and digitally miniaturize them for the sake of humor for the audience? I just don’t get it.
Also, I guess the producers felt the need to attempt to ground the story in reality by having Snow White recite the Lord’s Prayer while in captivity in the tower. Unfortunately the subsequent scenes depicting dark magics and mysterious creatures serve to undermine the credibility the writers try to establish early on.
But this is not a movie to be taken seriously, regardless. This is a Hollywood movie aimed at tweens who find Stewart compelling and Hemsworth one of the hottest hunks on the screen. This is the “cool” retelling, not the truly entertaining one.
Fans of “Red Riding Hood” or “Sleepy Hollow” will probably line up for repeats. I’m just fine with one viewing. It’s snow problem and just all white with me. I give “Snow White and the Huntsman” 3-1/2 out of 5 stars.