In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen. (IMDB)
Writers: Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock
Director: Rupert Sanders
Stars: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron
Runtime: 127 Minutes
Popcorn Score: Medium Popcorn with Butter
Rejuvenating a timeless fairytale and giving it a strikingly epic, mystical and mature feeling, the writers, producers and director of Snow White and the Huntsman outdid themselves with one of the top blockbusters of the summer.
The dark spirited story follows the escape of Snow White from the peaks of the Wicked Queen’s castle running from the land that her father once ruled into the vacant forbidden forest. The evil queen, whose magical powers are sustained by drinking and sucking the life from the innocent youthful girls in her kingdom can only remain the fairest one of them all if she keeps Snow White contained. She sends out the Huntsman, a burly drunk with nothing more to lose after the passing of his wife to find her and bring her back.
The fairly simple premise is pleasantly embellished with amazing trolls, dwarfs, goblins, fairies, fairylands, battles and all around glorious visual effects. The story is also driven by strong performances most notably by Charlize Theron who glows both physically when her character is recently replenished, but also figuratively in the mystical evil that she brings to the screen. Hemsworth as the Huntsman is sturdy and capable in a straightforward part. The only performance that detracts from the otherwise magic on the screen is title princess played by Kristen Stewart. I really didn’t go into the movie with a desire to pick apart her performance. I am pretty unfamiliar with her as an actress, having seen her in only one of the Twilight movies. And it’s not that she is awful, but there were moments that her poor acting brought me out of the movie, and during those times I simply realized that she is not bringing anything at all to the character. It appears as though she is acting how she thinks she should be acting; scared, tired, strong, there is no motivation or reason on her face or in her eyes. I just don’t buy it.
The movie is visually stimulating for the entire runtime, the war scenes are as stimulating as the peaceful fairylands and everything that we encounter in the dark forbidden forest. Unfortunately the story does drag on just a bit too much to the point where I was checking the time on a few different occasions during the final 45 minutes. Is there a reason why the typical summer blockbuster is averaging closer to 2hr 30 minutes rather than the former 1hr 30 minute runtime? I suppose because they are charging so much more they figure they owe us more screen time. I still choose quality over quantity. “Snow White” is worth watching as it is a very well done remake, I would watch it in the comfort of your own home to prevent the bogged down feeling that I felt towards its conclusion in the theater.