Snow White and the Huntsman
Release date: May 30, 2012
Director: Rupert Sanders
Story by: The Brothers Grimm (Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm)
Screenplay by: Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini
Cast: Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Sam Spruell, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, Johnny Harris, Brian Gleeson, Lily Cole
I’m just going to get over it and say it: I liked Mirror Mirror better. Problems and all, that one is still a more cohesive film than Huntsman wishes it could be.
Like I said, we all know the story. Evil Queen, kind of a witch and obsessed with looks. Mind you, Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen has certainly a much more interesting story, because unlike Julia’s, this Queen has a background and a delicious reason to be power-hungry.
The rest is the same, beautiful girl with the palest skin must get away and overthrow the Kingdom of her evil step-mom… there’s the apple, and there’s the kiss. There are also dwarfs… who aren’t really dwarfs. But, oh well, such is the casting game.
I’ll admit it, though, Snow White and the Huntsman is luscious. Great cinematography, slo-mo close-ups, and some gorgeous colors on the palette. I even saw a couple of lens flares there. What this movie has in style, it lacks in substance — some SERIOUS substance. If you can say “random white horse waiting for you on the beach plot device” and “convenient horse chase action sequence” because “she’s the one,” we might just be onto something. And that was just the beginning of the film.
Some of the ridiculousness of the script is so bad, you can even say Kristen Stewart’s one-note face is way ahead of it in the list of “bad things that could happen to the movie.” Part Lord of the Rings, part Robin Hood, bits and pieces of The Neverending Story, and passing mentions of TrollHunter, Princess Mononoke, and definitely The Matrix — it was pretty hard to keep those wise-cracking jokes down. But onto the good stuff… Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen. After the movie was done I wished Snow White and the Huntsman had told me her story instead.
Her story is quite tragic, she was pretty darn smart and pretty bad-tempered. Her first few scenes are actually quite attention-grabbing, and by the end you just wished she hadn’t fallen into the “villain monologue” and had actually gotten away with her evil deed. She was that good… and that fabulous-looking.
All in all, Snow White and the Huntsman doesn’t deserve a passing grade… but I’m unable to not take into account its visuals, and especially Theron’s Evil Queen. She deserves that extra star alone.