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Posted October 12, 2012
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That didn't mean I didn't love the movie any less. When I first heard about this I was super excited. I prefer this over Mirror Mirror, tone wise. This has a darker tone to the fairy tale which I found more interesting and dark and just worth watching. While I loved the setting, the soundtrack, the atmosphere and costumes, I don't know why but, maybe it was because my expectations were high. Concerning the story I expected more from it and had questionable moments that weren't quite answered. Overall the movie was still enjoyable and Kristen Stewart does a pretty good job here. Acting wise it went from good to over the top. Ravenna and Finn were interesting villains.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 20, 2012
Start with a well-known children's fairy tale, then reimagine it
Start with a well-known children's fairy tale, then reimagine it as a fully-fleshed-out fantasy story. Get writers, a director, and some good CG people. Fill it with a cast of talented actors. Then replace the lead actress, the heart of the piece, with a flat cardboard cut out..... I know it's all the trend these days to bash on Kristen Stewart, but honestly, her complete-lack-of-performance kills what might have been a pretty good film.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 13, 2012
Let¿s take a moment to re-imagine the classic fairy tale, Snow W
Let’s take a moment to re-imagine the classic fairy tale, Snow White, as something other than the whimsical version we all know. The story remains much the same-- A noble King and Queen give birth to a lovely daughter/ Shortly thereafter the Queen dies, and in all his grief, our King takes on a beautiful new bride. Little does the King know this will be his undoing, for his new wife, Ravenna, is an evil, man-hating sorceress. Soon the King is dead, Snow White is imprisoned and our quiet kingdom plunged into darkness and despair. With a little bit of “Mirror, mirror on the wall” action, Ravenna learns just how much her and Snow White’s fates are intertwined. Snow will bring about Ravenna’s destruction or she’ll bring her total immortality. Naturally, you can guess which option Ravenna prefers. But in this version of the tale, Snow isn’t as helpless as her Disney counterpart. She manages to escape her cell and goes on the run through the big, bad forest. Ravenna is mad, like steaming mad, so she enlists the dashing (but drunk) Huntsman to capture our much revered, Snow. During their epic journey, both the Huntsman and Snow White discover the grandeur of the destiny they’re bound to fulfill and learn just how much they need one another. In a world full of reboots, it’s hard to keep a fresh perspective but Rupert Sanders somehow managed to pull it off in Snow White and the Huntsman. He’s turned this familiar tale into a medieval epic adventure and made our seemingly docile heroine a total warrior. He has a distinctive and original directing style and its quick-cut nature works with the story he’s decided to tell. I like what Sanders has done here and it works given the darker nature of the source material. The original Grimm story was not a happy one--it was dark and foreboding and, well, grim. I like that he wasn’t afraid to take it to a darker place and he did so without losing the magic and whimsy of Disney’s version. There are still dwarves and magic mirrors and poisoned apples and they all fit naturally in their own way. Without a doubt, this is the type of movie you want to watch in a movie theatre. One of the movie’s stronger elements was the great cast. What more could you want out of a movie featuring the likes of Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart? Okay, majority of the cast is strong—I admit, I’m not a big fan of Stewart. I feel like she plays the same wide-eyed, mumbling girl in every movie she’s in. She barely registers any kind of emotion and when she does, it’s virtually indistinguishable from any other emotion. Theron as the Queen Ravenna, on the other hand, she made that movie. Every time she came on screen, I just couldn’t tear my eyes away. Not only was she absolutely stunning, she was utterly terrifying. I feared for the lives of everyone she came into contact with. She brought evil to a whole new level and it was frightening. But where the main cast was lacking, the supporting cast certainly succeeded. With the talents of Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost and Sam Spruell it’s hard to go wrong. They own the screen and some of the movie’s better moments are thanks to them. Despite its set-backs, I think Sanders has crafted a beautiful and strong retelling of Snow White. Overall, I think the Grimm brothers would be proud.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 7, 2012
The producers from Alice in Wonderland--Paleks Patel and Joes Ro
The producers from Alice in Wonderland--Paleks Patel and Joes Roth--made this movie waayyy better than the former. Ravenna exaggerated too much and Snow White and the Huntsman didn't get too many lines, but the cinematography is gorgeous.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.