November 25, 2012 8 Comments
IMDB Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1735898/
Synopsis: After the beautiful, but evil Queen (Charlize Theron) kills Snow White’s father, she locks the young girl away. It isn’t until the girl turns of legal age, that she becomes a threat. Her fairness not only rivals the Queens, but is greater, as Snow (Kristen Stewart) doesn’t have to suck the life from girls to stay looking young and beautiful. The Queen is angry, but before she has a chance to kill her rival, the Magic Mirror informs the aging beauty that if she were to suck the life from Snow, the Queen would remain young and beautiful for eternity.
Unfortunately for the Queen, her bumbling brother becomes enamoured with the young girl, letting his guard down and allowing Snow to escape. With Snow White gone and her beauty fading, the Queen hires a Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to go after her and bring her back. Lucky for Snow, The Huntsman realizes who she is and promises to deliver her safely to those who can help her regain the throne.
Review: Fairy tales have always been portrayed either as a cartoon mock up, or some rendition that’s either too silly or barely keeping with the original story. Now while most fall under the former, I can honestly say that SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, doesn’t fall into any of the previous categories. This is a dark, gritty story about survival; both Snow White’s and the Queen’s. Each of the characters from the tale are depicted with new twist, with surprising variation on the ‘kiss’. There is plenty of sword fighting with some comical and heart-touching moments thrown in as well.
The most impressive thing about this movie is the special effects. They are incredible, but at a few points it did overpower the movie. There were a few scenes where I thought I was watching lost footage from Lord Of The Rings or live-action remakes of Ferngully. While these were a momentary jar from the flow, the main story does pull you back in.
I’ve wanted to see this movie for a while now, and I did hear good things about it. The trailers looked really good, but like with many movies, they’re made that way, so I was relieved to see that this time they were true. SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN was a good movie with plenty of action and just enough mixture of old story with new to keep it interesting. I’ve even heard that despite the ‘incident’ between the director and the actress, there will be a sequel. It will be interesting to see if the writers can keep the same balance that made this one so good.
4 out of 5.