Fans of Walt Disney’s version of the ‘Snow White’ fable may be surprised by ‘Snow White & the Huntsman’. Grittier and more foreboding, this spin on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale is certainly different. Whilst showing some cleverness in its utilisation of some of the story’s classic motifs it isn’t a patch on Disney’s still gorgeously animated version of a famous piece of literature.
Snow White (Kristen Stewart) knows much about misfortune. After the death of her father, a King of a vast realm, her wicked step-mother Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) determines to kill her. Escaping from her clutches after discovering the Queen is an evil sorceress Snow White flees into the wilds. There she meets a huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth), and a band of dwarves who aid her in her quest in ridding the kingdom of Ravenna’s magical malevolence.
Directed with earnest seriousness by Rupert Sanders, ‘Snow White & the Huntsman’ is a rather dour affair. Devoid of the original tome’s feeling of wonder it doggedly wallows in the grime and desperation characters face. This brings a more ‘generic’ feel to events and mirrors the humourless texture of many similar recent movies. Which is a shame as it dilutes the fable’s unique essence with drawn out chase/battle sequences having an air of familiarity.
Theron seems the only person having some fun and revels in some of the silly dialogue she mutters. Her co-stars are competent without being memorable with a screenplay dragging proceedings to unwieldy length. As expected the special effects are suitably amazing providing most of the film’s highlights. From glass soldiers to a nice sequence inside an enchanted forest these convey the sense of magic the story lacks.
Having a predictability the Brothers Grimm never had in their work ‘Snow White & the Huntsman’ moderately entertains. Its unoriginality in portraying its protagonist’s journey dilutes its impact with its weak script failing to amaze.
Movie Review Rating 5 / 10
Movie Review by Patrick Moore
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