Move over Disney, there’s a new Snow White in town and it’s surprisingly good. As someone who was dreading Snow White and the Huntsman beforehand, it really pulled me in and I ended up enjoying it immensely all the way through. There’s the typical ingredients to the story, such as dwarves, an evil stepmother, and a poisonous apple, but there’s also a few great battle sequences, some amazing effects, acting, writing, and directing. It’s a beautiful combination that makes for one solid film.
After Snow White’s mother dies, her father, King Magnus, is drawn to the beautiful Ravenna (Charlize Theron). On the night of their wedding she shows her true self and kills King Magnus in order to take over his kingdom. Jump ahead a few years and Ravenna now has poor Snow White (Kristen Stewart) held captive as she holds the key to Ravenna’s eternal beauty. Snow White figures this out and escapes into the dark forest where the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is recruited to find her and bring her back.
Stewart is probably the weakest link in the entire movie. Her British accent is horrendous and she’s just as wooden as she is in the Twilight films. I can think of a handful of actresses who would have been a better fit for the part instead of her. She does grow on you as the movie progresses just not enough to make you like her.
Theron on the other hand kills it as Ravenna and makes the entire movie. When she does her “mirror mirror on the wall” speech it sent shivers through me. After her dreary performance in last year’s Young Adult it’s nice to see her take a role she can have fun with.
Proving he’s more than just Thor, Hemsworth does a fine job as the Huntsman and is becoming a really good actor. The best casting though goes to Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Toby Jones, Johnny Harris, and Brian Gleeson as the dwarves. They play it up and add a lot of humour to the overall dark vibe of the film.
The fact first-time director Rupert Sanders handled Snow White and the Huntsman so well and delivered the stunning masterpiece it is is a feat in itself. I can’t wait to see what he’s capable of next as he’s got great vision and talent.
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth
Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Top image: A scene from Snow White and the Huntsman. Courtesy Universal Pictures.