Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) – Movie Review

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Snow White and the Huntsman is an action fantasy film based on Snow White by Brothers Grimm starring Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.

SPOILER WARNING: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in "Snow White and the Huntsman"
Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth in "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is the daughter of King Magnus (Noah Huntley) whose kingdom is thriving until he is enchanted by the beauty of a woman named Ravenna (Charlize Theron) not knowing that she is the one who creates a fleet of phantom army as a bait to lure him and his army. Once back at the castle, King Magnus marries Ravenna and makes her his queen at once. Queen Ravenna uses her witch power to immobilize Magnus before stabbing him to death and brings her own army to conquer the castle. In the process, she locks up Snow White for many years until one day she learns from her Magic Mirror that she will be overthrown by Snow White, who will not only surpass her as the “fairest of them all”, but will also be her only salvation by consuming her heart to achieve immportality.

However, Snow White manages to escape into the Dark Forest, a place where the evil Queen’s power renders useless. Therefore, a Huntsman named Eric (Chris Hemsworth) is summoned to kill the Princess. However, when Eric learns that Snow White is a helpless damsel in distress, he decides to stand up and fight against the Queen and her army. Snow White, joined by her childhood friend Prince William, several dwarves and Duke Hammond’s (Vincent Regan) army marches towards the castle in an attempt to kill her stepmother Queen Ravenna and takes back the kingdom.

Despite being a strong adaption, the film has already failed at casting level by casting a pale Snow White in Kristen Stewart. The film is not only a pale drama with minimal action but it started on the wrong foot when even the magic mirror could not tell between fair and pale, thinking Kristen Stewart’s Snow White is the “fairest of them all”. Charlize Theron’s beauty is certainly of no comparison with Kristen Stewart’s anesthetized look. She does not have the glowing beauty of Snow White and certainly does not look like she could give life back to the dead land.

Overall, Snow White and the Huntsman is rather a disappointing representation of the highly popular fairy tale. With an unnecessarily length of storytelling and minimal actions, the film fairs miserably. In the end, the film is certainly not the fairest of them all compares to other films this summer.

  • 5 out of 10
  • A mediocre film which has little thrills but tons of excessive drama
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  • Vambracelets

    Horrible movie, would not recommend it to anyone. hehe Rainbow Bracelet

  • Escargot

    I had to be careful and not read the end.   I have really wanted to see this film, but am not apprehensive due to your rating. I rarely go to the movies and was going to for this one but I think I will wait till its released on dvd.