Friday, June 29, 2012

Film Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and The Huntsman 
Vivian Gil

Director Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and The Huntsman tried desperately to be something it’s not: epic.
A poorly written, one-dimensional character, Snow White’s (Kristen Stewart) mother dies of an illness and her father remarries only to be killed by his next wife, Ravenna (Charlize Theron). The new queen takes over his kingdom and locks her stepdaughter away in a tower. The queen asks the infamous question to her mirror “Mirror, mirror on the wall. Who is fairest of them all?” And so the queen tries to kill snow white, who escapes conveniently now but never before, and the queen hires the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track her down. 

It’s sad that the huntsman and the queen had more depth to their characters than Snow White herself. 

            One of the main problems with this film is, Snow White played by Kristen Stewart. Her moody acting was great for a role where her character is almost always found in a grey, cloudy darkness. The problem with Snow White is that you never feel that she’s this awesome and amazing person. She’s described in the movie as being “life itself” but she doesn’t DO anything. She can’t fight, doesn’t know magic, and they never glamorize her to be the most beautiful person in all the land. It’s completely unbelievable that she’s treated with such specialty.
Overall, the film had good imagery, set, and costumes but it fell short with the plot. It had the potential to be good; you go in there thinking it’s going to be a whole new spin but instead it’s a five minute story made into a two hour movie.

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