Review: Snow White and the Huntsman
When I said that Snow White and the Huntsman was the darker version of the classic tale, I was not joking. Gone are the happy smiles, bright colors, and silly songs. This is all replaced with sadness, longing, and despair.
The story that director Rupert Sanders gives us tells the tale of a vengeful Queen who despises men and is hell bent on having power and beauty to “give this wretched world the Queen it deserves”. Her plans (along with power and beauty) are threatened by her now of age stepdaughter Snow White, who as we all know is the fairest of them all. As Snow White escapes, she encounters The Huntsman, the eight (yes eight) dwarfs, and her childhood friend William, all of whom have pledged to help Snow battle the Queen.
In a film titled Snow White and the Huntsman, one would think the star of the film is that of Snow White, but its really not. The star of this film is the Queen Ravenna (played beautifully by Charlize Theron), not often do you see how vulnerable and twisted the villain is and still at the end feel a bit of sorrow of her. Theron’s plays this Queen in such a way that you see all the pain she is truly in yet she can’t just stop.
As for the title character Snow White, is played with a sense of wonder and innocence that you come to realize that the casting is spot on. Kristen Stewart – who is best known for playing Bella Swan in The Twilight Saga franchise – has somehow channeled all her awkward habits into a fantastic portrayal of the Princess. It’s best to remember that Snow White has been locked away from the world for around 10+ years, everything is new to her and she doesn’t know how to really interact with people.
The Huntsman is a much deeper character than the trailers let on, and casting Chris Hemsworth (Thor in The Avengers) allowed the actor to show his deeper side all while allowing him to do what Chris Hemsworth does best… kicking ass. I might add that between Thor’s hammer and The Huntsman Axe, he has just about all forms of weapon’s mastered.
The one thing this story does not have is a formal Prince, instead we have William (played by Sam Claflin), who is the son of the Duke, childhood friend to Snow White, and has been madly in love with her since they were children.
The storyline to the film reminded me of Harry Potter in a way of that while Harry and Voldemort could not exist at the same time, neither can Snow White and Ravenna. This was a clever twist on the story.
Overall I give the film a sold B. I would have like to seen a bit more action and get a little more of Snow White other than the “I need to kill my wicked stepmother” aspect.
Snow White and the Huntsman is in theaters starting today and is rated PG-13.