It seems like fairy-tale remakes are a dime-a-dozen these days, and that is precisely the reason why I skipped out on Show White & the Huntsman when it was in theaters. I couldn’t count on it being any good, and not being a fan of Kristen Stewart, I decided to wait for the rental.
Well, I can say that was a mistake because Snow White & the Huntsman is one of the best fairy-tale adaptations yet, even though it’s held back by some irritating flaws.
To start off, the visuals in this film are incredible. You’ll be drawn into the world within minutes, and the special-effects are stupendous, rarely bringing you out of the experience. Not for a long time have I seen a movie that looked this good.
From towering structures to giant trolls, Snow White & the Huntsman is consistently impressive to look a and in fact, I would say the visuals are worth the price of admission alone. And if you have a good HDTV and surround system, watching it on Blu-ray is quite the treat.
The colors are vibrant and always crystal clear, the dialogue was crisp, and the music gave my speakers quite the workout. Once again, for the experience alone, Snow White & the Huntsman is worth the price of admission and then some.
I can go on about how great the film looks all day long, but all that means little if the film isn’t carried by its story and characters. And while it’s a bit inconsistent, Snow White & the Huntsman stays entertaining throughout due to some great leading actors and wildly impressive visuals.
First off, I was very apprehensive about the acting in this film as I am not a fan of Kristen Stewart at all. Every film I’ve seen her in, (that isn’t Twilight, which means I have a limited selection) she maintains basically the same attitude and facial expression.
To my surprise, she didn’t suck. She doesn’t look how I imagined Snow White would, but she does portray a ‘pure of heart’ princess good enough. Stewart doesn’t come off as grating, and although her performance isn’t perfect, I’ve seen worse.
I was a little worried that Chris Hemsworth’s character of the Huntsman would be to similar to Thor, and while they share many similarities, the Huntsman holds his own and is very entertaining to watch.
Hemsworth possesses a certain presence on screen that just demands attention, and without even realizing it, he nearly steals the film. His fight scenes are fantastic, his character is round enough to stay interesting, and his dialogue is actually rather great and dare I say, Hemsworth and Stewart actually have some good chemistry.
It’s a shame he seems to be pushed aside towards the end though.
The real star of the film however, is Charlize Theron’s Ravenna. I can’t remember the last time a movie had such a chilling, intense, and interesting antagonist. Theron really does steal every scene she’s in, and just when I think Ravenna can’t get any more terrifying, the film pulls a right hook and throws something else into the mix.
Ravenna is a villain you love to hate. The film doesn’t hold anything back when it comes to showing her villainy, and they pull off the impressive feat of not only making her chillingly evil, but rounded and almost sympathetic.
Between the scenes with her brother Finn, (played greatly by Sam Spruell) and her back and forth conversations with the mirror on the wall, Theron is continually chilling and interesting as Ravenna.
Sadly however, the good acting ends about there. The Seven Dwarves are fun, but all a bit two-dimensional, and Sam Claflin as William is boring and cliched as the heartthrob Prince William.
As much as I enjoyed this film, I unfortunately can’t ignore the inconsistency of the plot. The focus switches way to much, and it seems that halfway through the Huntsman is nearly forgotten until one great scene near the end. William gets too much screen-time as well and serves little purpose for the film as a whole outside of providing a half-attempt at a love triangle.
It seems like the plot was put on the back-burner about half-way through, which is a shame because it had such potential. The only story that seems to get a decent amount of attention is Ravenna and her back-story. Snow White herself doesn’t have any big turning point, and although the Huntsman does get his epitome, it’s not focused on enough.
With all that said, the plot didn’t detract from the film enough to ruin the experience. I had a blast all the way through, and was repeatedly surprised by it’s beautiful imagery and exciting action scenes. It’s just a shame more attention wasn’t paid to the storyline, as it would’ve made this from a good film to a great film.
If you have a HDTV and Blu-ray player, then sit back, get some snacks, turn up the volume, and enjoy. Just go into it with the right expectations, as it’s a great action film with above-average visuals and villain, but is held back by a story that isn’t focused on enough