Snow White and the Huntsman

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Retelling of the Brothers Grimm Snow White fairy tale starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight), Charlize Theron (Prometheus) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor).

Stewart is Snow White, the only person in the land fairer than the Evil Queen (Theron). A threat to her reign, the Queen dispatches a huntsman (Hemsworth) to kill her. Instead of carrying out the job, the Huntsman sides with White and mentors her in the art of war. The pair then embark on a quest to vanquish the Queen.

The great cast also includes Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones, Bob Hopskins, Eddie Marsan and Nick Frost as the dwarves.

Since Lord Of The Rings there have been two persistent trends in fantasy cinema:

1. No matter how facile the material, anything involving swords and/or sorcery can get made.

2. All the British actors who missed the LOTR gravy train want in.

Ticking both boxes, Rupert Sanders’ Brothers Grimm reboot features an extraordinary troupe of UK males (Hoskins, Winstone, McShane etc) – as the dwarves! And for an hour, it’s as much fun to watch as they are, bickering and boozing like old muckers.

Stewart is passable as the whey-faced eterni-virgin, as is her English accent; while Hemsworth, as the rugged Huntsman, opts for a Gerard Butler/Sean Connery burr that hides a multitude of sins.

Star of the show, however, is Theron’s wicked stepmother, who seethes with barely contained sexual jealousy – just one of the many surprisingly adult aspects of a film that’s heady with implied violence and sublimated sauce. One scene has Theron bathing in milk that coats her skin like Dulux, and when Stewart gets lost in a blasted forest, it’s a druggie nightmare of rotting birds and scuttling scarab beetles.

It can’t last. No matter how impressive the visuals, two hours is far too long for a story this thin, and genre conventions ultimately snuff out the joys. The dwarves are sidelined in favour of rousing speeches – neither Stewart nor Hemsworth’s forte – and the final battle could have been ripped from a Narnia flick.

Perhaps they’ll redress the balance in the forthcoming sequel. If there are any British thesps left to star in it, that is.

Chicago Sun-Times (Roger Ebert)

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Snow White and the Huntsman reinvents the legendary story in a film of astonishing beauty and imagination.

Empire (UK)

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A strong visual style tussles with flaccid storytelling in this ambitious retelling of Grimm. It won't exactly have Walt Disney spinning in his secret ice chamber, but you may wish they spent more time worrying about what exactly the film is than who it's for.

Entertainment Weekly (USA)

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A tastefully overbearing franchise fairy tale with a handful of ravishing touches.

Guardian (UK)

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The result is tangled and overblown.

Hollywood Reporter

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A bold rethinking of a familiar old story and striking design elements are undercut by a draggy midsection and undeveloped characters in Snow White and the Huntsman.

New York Times

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Though it is an ambitious - at times mesmerizing - application of the latest cinematic technology, the movie tries to recapture some of the menace of the stories that used to be told to scare children rather than console them.

Time (USA)

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Rare among the recent fairy tale adaptions (from 'Mirror Mirror' to the dreadful 'Red Riding Hood') the invigorating Snow White and the Huntsman actually breathes new life into an old story.

Time Out New York

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The rousing speeches and booming battle scenes are all well done as far as blockbuster spectacle goes, but you can't help but feel the filmmakers' resistance to the story's grimmer undercurrents.

Total Film (UK)

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A visually inventive, deliciously dark fairytale reheat. The story's far from the stuff of legend, but Theron makes for a ferocious meanie, helping to flush away "Mirror Mirror's" sugary aftertaste.

Total Film (UK)

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A visually inventive, deliciously dark fairytale reheat. The story's far from the stuff of legend, but Theron makes for a ferocious meanie, helping to flush away "Mirror Mirror's" sugary aftertaste.

Variety (USA)

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Handsome but hollow, Snow White & the Huntsman is easily among the stranger additions to a roster of rebooted fairy tales.
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It was ok

There was alot of action, Theron was outstanding in her role as the wicked stepmother and I loved that whole make believe fairy tale story of good verses evil.


Great Movie

Stunning visuals and great storyline ! . The acting is mediocre, but when you're wrapped up in the movie because of the action and fast pace then this is of minor consequence.

A great movie for adults and teens alike - if you don't like this genre and know you wont like it - simply don'y go see it !


WOW THIS SNOW WHITE MOVIE IS THE BEST!!!

This is a great movie to see, there is heaps of action and a love story with a twist. A Must see movie, and for the ladies there are some hot guys in this movie. The costume department outdid themselves with the dresses Charlize Theron wore.


It's a fairytale!

It's a fairytale. Don't expect more and you won't be disappointed. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Snow White and the Huntsman. Loved the 'wow' affects but 'woe is me' over Kirsten Stewart;s performance She seemed so awkward most of the time that her pretty little face was merely contorted into a very plain, if not ugly look of puzzlement rather than the required emotions. Charlize Theron was awesome as Queen Ravenna and Sam Spruell as her brother didn't do a bad job either with his hideous haircut adding to his sinister air. There was much more action than I expected but it was not bloody or gruesome, simply energetic and pacing! In contrast, there was little romance either. I made me think guys proably would like the movie too. For me, it was just the sort of entertainment I neededa ta the time to take meaway from the world for an our two, suspend my reality and just enjoy a bit of fantasy.


Don't Mess With The Queen

Yes,it is a fairytale for adults!It is a shame that the script is poorly written and struggles at times to flow.Kristen Stewart who acts in the Twilight movies is Snow White.She does her best with the script and what she has to work with but she just did not create the right image for the part.

The real plus for this movie is the evil queen.Her strong acting skills almost carries the movie on her own.She has a connection with the audience that nobody else has.The visuals are superb with a dark and evil presence

Well worth a look.


This Is A Pretty Decent Apple

In a time where the market seems to be booming with a second coming of the fairytale, another retelling of the story of "Snow White" graces the box office with a darker tone and "Thor", "Bella Swan" and Charlize Theron leading an ensemble cast to it's end.

This is the tale of "Snow White And The Huntsman".

While the story follows it's typical path, the "fairest of them all" Snow White (Kristen Stewart) finds herself locked away by the Evil Queen, Ravenna (Theron). Upon escaping, she is set upon by the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) under task from the Queen, who through discovery finds everything doesn't appear to be what it seems.

As the fight for the kingdom begins, Snow finds a fellowship in the Seven Dwarves (Played by a who's who of English talent with Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone and Nick Frost), her heart and that cursed apple.

While the story isn't anything revolutionary, especially as it's an adaptation of an age-old story, it does tell the story in a fresh way. And the visuals help with great use of the environment, some great sets and the dwarves being a standout with how they were created (Though this did get them in trouble with the Little People Of America).

The cast is strong, with Hemsworth continuing his rise as the fantastical hero, Stewart as the damsel with a great job at producing an English accent, and Theron providing the dramatic moments (At times these seem OVERLY so and broke some of more tense scenes).

Overall, this is a great retelling of a classic fairytale, and a most decent apple indeed.


Better than anticipated

I enjoyed this movie more than I thought I would. Kristen Stewart was great as Snow White as was Charlize Theron as the queen. I'm not so sure about Chris Hemsworth though, I still just see him as Kim from 'Home and Away'. I thought the visual effects were great although wasn't too keen on those weird fairies. If you're a 'Twilight' fan it is a great watch, but it's also one of those movies you can only watch a few times, not over and over.

Hopefully that was a more positive review, it seems this movie hasn't got too many of those.


But, but, but. . .

If you didn't notice the horses, you may add a star.

For those who don't know. Horses that know they are going to fall raise their heads. Well trained stunt horses can fall spectacularly on cue, even landing on mark and holding still as required.

Twice I saw horses being forcibly yanked to the ground in the battle charge.

As for the white steed carried Snow White into the swamp. That horse was tripped using a wire. That's the only way to get that fall on cue and mark. Potentially fatal, even into a mud pool. It soured the whole movie for me.

As for the rest of it. Despite Charlize Theron's stand out performance it was just the wrong kind of silly. I didn't mind how it often looked like other movies but it had many nonsensical moments. Like Snow White, imprisoned since childhood, displaying considerable athleticism, equestrian skills and trousers during her escape.

At least Mirror Mirror came across as deliberately silly. An spoofy bit of fun for those in the mood.


No more faeces please

as movies go it was OK but it would be made better if they cut the scenes where the dwarfs make repeated reference to their own faeces ( " sending a log down the river" and "that looks like one of mine" being the two most forgettable). The only stars for this movie are the ones I saw after I rammed my own head against the wall in a vain attempt to forget it.


I never thought the brilliant acting history of Charlize Theron could be tainted thus...

If you want to see a good movie in this current movie season, you'd be better off going to see Brave. Expectations fell short. Charlize Theron does not suit her evil and melodramatic role as the queen (though in the trailers she is stunning) and some moments in the movie are like "Why?" Why so tense, over the smallest things? And, why is Snow the only one riding into battle without a helmet? Just, Why? I think all the right elements are there, it was simply a case of choosing the wrong director for this movie. Too epic in places when it is not important to the plot and to ad-hoc in parts which I thought were vital to the development of the storyline.

One last thing: There are many snort-worthy moments in this film that I can see the "How it should have ended" writers going crazy over. So out of all of this at least one good thing to come of it is a 3 minute ROFL over the next HISHE clip on youtube.