Snow White and the Huntsman is nothing like the fairytale most of us grew up with – sweet, innocent princess grows up pretty to incur the wrath of her power and beauty-hungry wicked stepmother, escapes to the woods to meet 7 dwarfs and happily lives with them until the evil queen poisons her with an apple. She is saved only when a dashing prince comes and gives her the kiss of life. And then all the birds sing, animals come out to play, flowers bloom and everybody lives happily ever after. Nah-dah. This movie is nothing like that.
Instead, the movie sports a rather dark undertone, and the main character of the story seems to be the evil queen Ravenna (played by Charlie Theron) who feels like a mental nutcase about to explode anytime. No surprises at all if you notice that she is the one in the centre of the promotional movie poster instead of Snow White.
You can practically see the pain in her eyes as she goes about quenching her thirst for eternal beauty and ruthlessly killing anyone who stands in her way. It seems that the director of the movie has set out to make her a sympathetic villain simply out to fulfil her destiny – being taught at an early age beauty and magic are the only ways to wrest power from men who massacred her entire family, which explains her obsession with beauty. She practically sucks the youth out of young girls to keep her youth, and I almost lost my dinner when she dug out bird innards and ate them like escargots. Ewww. Her costumes are out of this world, and jewelry simply amazing – I would wear them in a heartbeat.
The evil queen is unfortunately the only character with a more fully-developed character. The other characters seem flat, or simply a token representation of the original fairytale. William’s (Sam Claflin) – the suppoused love interest – kiss couldn’t even wake Snow White from her death sleep – a grieving widower huntsman (Chris Hemworth) did the job instead. Duh. Then again, Chris Hemworth was HOT, and his apparent grief just makes you want to give him a big hug. I was pretty surprised when he kissed Snow White cos’ that literally came out of nowhere, and she was supposedly dead. Eek.
Snow White (played by Twilight’s Kirsten Stewart) is nothing like a damsel in distress, instead she is like Xena the warrior princess able to stand on her own and fight her own war – talk about female liberation! Other than that, her character hardly stuck a chord, so much so that I have nothing much to say about her. Perhaps the movie title should be “Ravenna and the Hot Huntsman” instead.
Props-wise, the magic mirror, which is such a crucial part of the fairytale that has been overlooked so far in other versions of the fairytale, is given an ‘upgrade’ in this movie too. Instead of just a talking face, the mirror morphs into a life-size gold figure which looks like the Grim Reaper while dispensing advice to Ravenna. The other parts of the movie looks borrowed from other movies – a white stag strongly resembles Harry Potter’s guardian Patronus and the set is reminiscent of “Lord of the Rings” amongst other things. The CGI of the movie is a saving grace and the cinematography is magnificent.
Here’s some trivia about the film courtesy of IMDB:
–Angelina Jolie and Winona Ryder were considered to play Ravenna, the Evil Queen.
–Charlize dropped out from J.Edgar to play this role.
–Johnny Depp, Tom Hardy, and Michael Fassbender were considered to play Eric, the Huntsman.
–Dakota Fanning, Selena Gomez, Saoirse Ronan, Riley Keough, Alicia Vikander, Bella Heathcote, Emily Browning, Lily Collins, and Felicity Jones were all considered for the role of Snow White.
Rating (out of 5): 2.5 apples – and make them organic please.
Photos from IMDB
Snow White And The Huntsman (PG13)
- Release Date: 31st May 2012
- Language: English
- Running Time: 127 mins
- Genre: Action
- Director: Rupert Sanders
- Cast: Charlize Theron, Nick Frost, Kristen Stewart, Sam Claflin, Chris Hemsworth
In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.
Official Movie Trailer