Cert: 12A Runtime: 127 mins Director: Rupert Saunders Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins,Sam Spurell, Nick Frost and Ray Winstone
Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is fairest of them all?
When the Brothers Grimm wrote the tale of Snow White would they of thought how popular it would become (minus Mirror,Mirror). Snow White and the Huntsman is the latest version of the famous tale. I have been intrigued by the film since pre-production, especially by Kristen Stewart’s inclusion in the film. For me she has the potential to be a great actress and this film is a real test for her future prospects. Right on with the plot Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron). Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) 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 queen’s reign.Director Rupert Sanders, making his feature debut on a screenplay by Evan Daugherty and John Lee Hancock, maintains a murky and gritty narrative that stretches over more than two bottom-numbing hours. Yes, it’s somewhat like taking the Grimm tale into “Game Of Thrones” territory, complete with lofty cliffs and expansive snowy locales.
I have to say though, there were several parts of the film that left me scratching my head. The magic displayed throughout, although cool in the graphics department, didn’t seem to make a whole lot of sense and made me wonder on several occasions about how “this” and “that” worked. I know it’s a fairytale, but in many instances, there seemed to be no logical explanation as to why certain things happened. For instance: why was the queen eating bird hearts? Why did kissing Snow White wake her up? Maybe I missed something, but I felt like the creators of the movie could have made it a little more believable. It reminded me a lot of Lord of The Rings (but not that well made), from the grand music to the mountain scenery, and it does feature a few decent fight scenes. Visually, this is a good film, however, the film focuses too much on visuals and not enough on characters, the Dwarfs are glossed over and never really given any time to engage with the audience, which is a shame, as the group contains excellent actors.At 127 minutes, you begin to question yourself as to why you thought it was necessary to order a large drink at the concession stand, especially when the movie isn’t gripping you like you hoped it would. I felt that way through the entire movie. I truly believe that the creators could have made it 30 minutes shorter and would not have missed a beat. It was simply too long for the story they told.
Kristen Stewart was a pleasant surprise. After the Twilight movies, I had somewhat doubted her abilities as an actress but I’m glad and relieved to say that she proved me wrong. She brought such heart, passion and bravery to this role and yes, Snow White did kick some ass. K-Stew was all suited up in armour with her sword in hand ready to fight for her Kingdom unlike the airy fairy Lily Collins in “Mirror, Mirror”. It’s refreshing to see young blood bringing something new to cinema and not what has been done a thousand times before so thanks K-Stew, you’re definitely one to watch. Chris Hemsworth was fantastic as the Huntsman. A “brute with a heart” he most certainly is. Chris Hemsworth brought such strength and vulnerability to the Huntsman. He may appear very rugged and unkempt in the movie but don’t let that fool you…his character is soft at heart and is willing to do anything to be a good human being but he doesn’t show it as most of us do. He chooses to prove his loyalty by giving his word to Snow White.Theron, Queen Ravenna, played the part expertly. Her character could have easily have become two dimensional, but Charlize added a quality which almost gained sympathy from the audience. Her struggle for undying beauty and immortally, may be a shallow one, however the way she played it with such commitment, energy and sometimes poignancy made us completely believe how deeply craved for it, therefore earning her right to be so deliciously wicked. It’s a good film to watch at the Cinema this bank holiday weekend, but it will not be one of the best of 2012.