Posted On Saturday, June 02, 2012 at 08:41:04 AM
Snow white and the Huntsman
Synopsis: The enchanting Snow White (Kristen Stewart) joins forces with the fierce Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), who has been recruited by the diabolical Queen (Charlize Theron) to kill the fair beauty.
This is director Rupert Sanders’ bold new take on the fairytale, where Snow White and the Huntsman fight together in the battle against the evil Queen.
On learning that Snow White will soon surpass the Queen in beauty, she seeks to achieve immortality by consuming the young girl’s heart.
Never mind being threatened with death if he refuses to follow the Queen’s order, the Huntsman finds Snow White and begins training her for the arduous battle ahead. Meanwhile, a handsome prince (Sam Claflin) falls hopelessly in love with Snow White.
Snow White and the Huntsman reinvents the legendary story in a film of astonishing beauty and imagination. It’s the last thing you would expect from a picture with this title.
It falters in its storytelling, because Snow White must be entirely good, the Queen must be entirely bad, and there’s no room for nuance. The end is therefore predetermined. But, oh, what a ride.
There is a sufficiency of medieval battle scenes, too many for my taste, and a fairly exciting siege of the castle, aided by the intervention of the dwarves, and featuring catapults that hurl globes of burning tar — always enjoyable.
There is a great film here somewhere, perhaps one that allowed greater complexity for the characters. But considering that I walked in expecting no complexity at all, let alone the visual wonderments, Snow White and the Huntsman is a considerable experience.