The enchanting Snow White (Kristen Stewart) joins forces with the fierce Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), who was recruited by the diabolical Queen (Charlize Theron) to kill the fair beauty, and together they fight to rid their kingdom of evil in this bold new take on the fairy-tale classic from commercial director Rupert Sanders. Obsessed with being the fairest woman in the land, the Queen learns that Snow White will soon surpass her in beauty, and seeks to achieve immortality by consuming the young girl's heart. But the Huntsman is the only one capable of braving the dark forest to seek out Snow White. Threatened with death should he refuse to follow his order, the Huntsman finds Snow White, and begins training her for the arduous battle ahead. Meanwhile, a handsome prince (Sam Claflin) falls hopelessly under Snow White's spell. Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Izzard, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, and Stephen Graham co-star as the seven dwarfs.~Jason Buchanan
Snow White is one of the oldest fairy tales ever written. Also the one most recently turned into a feature film. Less than three months ago, in fact. Is this Universal Pictures offering better or just some carbon copy?
Snow White (played as a young woman by Raffey Cassidy) is the child of a benevolent king and a woman who died as a result of complications arising from childbirth. Despite her tragedy, however, she has a happy childhood. Then her father takes up arms against a dark army. The soldiers in that army, while capable of striking blows as fierce as any and fiercer than some, breaks like glass when struck by the enemy. With the dark army vanquished, the king inspects a carriage that survived the battle and finds a woman inside. The woman, Ravenna (played by Charlize Theron), soon marries the king who fell in love with her at first sight. She appears to have genuine affection for the king and Snow in the short period leading up to the wedding, but that is, of course, a ruse. On their wedding night, she murders her husband while her brother Finn (played by Sam Spruell) overruns the kingdom with the help of that same dark army that the king believed had kidnapped Ravenna. Snow attempts to flee, but is captured and imprisoned in the palace tower. Years pass and Ravenna maintains her beauty and youth by draining the life from young women whose beauty might one day surpass her own. Those women are identified by the queen’s mirror and chief advisor (voiced by Christopher Obi Ogugwa). When she reaches adulthood, the mirror tells Ravenna that she may maintain her youth indefinitely if she kills Snow White and takes out her heart. Snow (now played by Kristen Stewart) escapes the kingdom when the queen sends her brother to escort her.
Obviously, there’s a great deal more to the story. For example, the Huntsman has yet to be introduced. Neither, for that matter, have the dwarves. And in this film, the men portraying the dwarves are of average or above average stature made to look like dwarves through the use of special effects as opposed to men who are actually shorter than 4’10”. There are comparisons being made between this film and Mirror Mirror, but they have very little in common, outside of the main characters. If more time had passed between the release dates, they’d stand separately and they should. It’s like comparing Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood to Robin Hood: Men in Tights. I won’t say this film lived up to the hype but, given the degree, I doubt any film could’ve. I will say it’s a quality film and you should see it.
Charlize Theron plays Queen Ravenna who seizes control of her kingdom by marrying and killing its rightful ruler, Snow White's father. In order to maintain her youth she needs the life force of young maidens to maintain her youth and beauty. However, to attain true immortality she must consume the heart of Snow White. After Snow White flees the palace, Ravenna dispatches a Huntsman to capture her and return her to the palace. In the meantime, Snow White, the Huntsman and a rebel army join together to return and destroy the evil queen once and for all.
This and Mirror Mirror came out the same year. Mirror Mirror's a very lighthearted romp on the whole Snow White deal; this one takes it more seriously. It's a medieval fantasy with Snow White, the Huntsman, the Evil Queen woven in (you also see references to the apple, the mirror, so on). While the endeavor's not amazing, it's still good. Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen truly shines; Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman is good; Kristen Stewart as Snow White is alright. The movie's good and getting it in multiple formats is even better. I give the movie 3.5 stars, and 0.5 for the combo and extras...for the price, it's worth it.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Owned for more than 2 years when reviewed.
It's a good one, just ignore the twilight girl. The attention over her affair with director takes away that this movie is good and 2nd one is better
This film is not bad, but it just doesn't do enough to be considered great. It is one of those films that after watching it you think to yourself "if __ was improved" or "it had potential to be great". I thought all of the performances by the actors/actresses were good, except for Stewart, the lead in the film. It has almost become cliche to criticize Stewart's performances in films, but her performance in this film really takes you out of moments in the film. It is pretty much her giving her Twilight performance in this film, including the awful facial expressions. I never believed Stewart's transition in the film from a scarred girl to a warrior. I don't know if I blame the screenplay or the performance. The screenplay is "ok", but it is nothing special. The screenplay has flaws, but the flaws were never enough to get me to really criticize it while watching the film. The screenplay is really a "by the book", generic screenplay. The best thing about the film is that visually it is gorgeous. The special effects are good. I have heard some people rag on the special effects, specifically the CGI, but I did not think it was bad at all. The set designs are amazing. The costumes are outstanding. There is some cinematography in the film I really enjoyed. Overall, even with the flaws, I would recommend this film. This film isn't overly violent, filled with lots of cursing, or has moments of hyper-sexuality; so I think it would be appropriate to show children 6-7 or older this film. It is one of those films that is a good popcorn flick to watch with the family, but it is one you will forget about. I think it has a replay value mainly for how visually gorgeous it is.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
A new twist on the Snow White story
I had not seen this movie in the theater but knew that a sequel was coming that would again star Chris Helmsley and Charlize Theron. Although the ending is predictable given that it is based on a fairy tale, there were very good special effects and the story was expanded to include how the beautiful but evil witch queen came to power. What she needs from Snow White is also revealed. Although quite handsome, Chris Helmsley as the Huntsman is not Prince Charming, but does assist Snow White in reclaiming her kingdom.