SNOW WHITE AND THE
SYNOPSIS: Kristen Stewart (the Twilight saga, On the Road) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil Queen Ravenna (Oscar® winner Charlize Theron of Prometheus, Hancock) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined was that the young woman who has escaped her clutches and now threatens her reign has been training in the art of war with a Huntsman named Eric (Chris Hemsworth of Thor, The Avengers) who was dispatched to capture her.
REVIEW: Talking about beauty and brawn… Snow White and the Huntsman take alternative storytelling to the next level. Remove any preconceived notions of what you remember of the virtuousness of Disney’s beloved Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and say hello to a modern-take on the ageless German fairytale story. Kristen Stewart brings, to life, the characteristics and beauty of Snow White with the added physicality’s and attitude of Xena the Warrior Princess. Stewart is sexy with purity and innocence, but with a sense of conviction and battle-ready drive. She exudes the part seamlessly and convincingly. Meanwhile Charlize Theron, no less the eye-candy when playing the younger version of her character, screams her part as the evil Queen. Director Rupert Sanders brings this dark and gritty, esthetically pleasing, semi-romantic action-adventure epic to the big screen, with a number of twists that play off of what one would never expect of a film based on Snow White. The film seems very deliberate in it’s deviation from the Brother’s Grimm original portrayal of Little Snow-White while sticking with its original premise of fantasy, drama and romance.
To put things in to perspective, I truly enjoyed the visual affects of most of the movie, though some parts seem a little over-the-top at times. The acting was very ‘Shakespearian’ mainly, and amounted to being a little over-done throughout. The character of The Huntsman, played by Chris Hemsworth, was pivotal to making this modern version interesting and appealing to a certain demographic; However, it was very unfortunate that his dialog seemed marred with some kinda’ Gaelic derivative dialect that was annoyingly incomprehensible throughout the movie. As a matter of fact, many other characters suffered the same flaw and made for strenuous exhausting efforts to follow the flow of the characters as they conversed. Meanwhile, on a brighter note, the seven dwarves, led by "Deadwood's" Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones and sneakily, the one and only Mr. Bob Hoskins, provided the right amount of wittiness and slapstick humor, while not ruining the overall tone of the multi-genre flick.
Overall, if one can accept the idea of a tougher “Snow White” as an action figure, wearing medieval armor and swinging a big sword, while caught up in a love triangle that produced no sexual tension between Stewart and Hemsworth, THEN one might find this a worthwhile date-night movie…bearing in mind that the romantic tone is flimsy at best. Nevertheless, I think the movie deserves a whopping three and a half stars.
By Movie-Man Stan
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