Its hard to say just what sort of Fairy Tale this movie really is. Is it trying to be The Lord Of The Rings of folktale?
On one hand, you have an amazing performance handed to you with Charlize Theron as the evil witch. Beautiful backdrop. Even more so her beautiful costumes. And yes there is this dark fierce atmosphere of the film. However, Chris Hemsworth comes off grimy with slimy hair, doing a great job of being a brute. Yet, that man can always land a line and wallop anyone in the way. He's so manly that way. He is a beautiful beast, after all.
There are times, it felt as if the movie was going in dark circles with gloom and loom surpassing at every turn with the help of fabulous yet devious performances of Sam Spruell, Finn as the dark queens brother.
Then we have good old Will (Sam Claflin aka Prince Charming who is a wee bit short of being Nick Hoult) edging his way in to find the princess in all that muck as a sharp shooting bowman aka the duke's son who got away when the Queen of dark hearts started to rein.
And then its as if we step into another movie once the huntsman and Snow White get to the glen. Dwarfs take them to their land and the white magic appears in the form of many interesting creatures. The fairies never speak. They are a bit creepy yet are made in a way we expect them to be as they crawl out of birds. Such a strange mystery that I'm not sure it exactly pays off. Other than finding one little line from a dwarf when the white deer appears with tree antlers.
Still some fun performances by Nick Frost and Bob Hoskins. The location of the movie in England is breath taking, too. The soundtrack is really lovely, as well.
Yet the weakest link in the film is of course, Kristen Stewart. If only that girl could smile. At least she attempted an accent.
So many could have accomplished this role with perfection..as in Emily Browning, Felicity Jones, Riley Keough, Lily Collins and even Dakota Fanning..who were up for the role of Snow White.
Olivia Theriby would have actually been my choice for the role.
I was really hoping for a lot more mentoring from the Huntsman in this film. You know, showing her how to throw a knife. Swords play. Something more than mushrooms with eyes. Perhaps I wanted a dragon or two for them to fly in on.. at the end..to take the queen out.
Is it really a film ..showing Snow White as a good role for little girls? Its kind of hard to say. Many feminist will not be too pleased with this film. Yet there it that line that Snow White reveals in the end.."I am your weapon!" All so Joan of Arc like..so suddenly.
I did enjoy the special effects and action in the film. But the ending? I gotta say I enjoyed how Mirror Mirror ended better. At least there was a fun song at the end.
|The Black Swan Queen or Queen Ravenna of the Ravens|
STORYLINE: Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen. Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman to kill Snow White. However the huntsman finds himself unable to murder the innocent young woman, and instead ends up training her to become a warrior capable of threatening the queen's reign.