Snow White and the Huntsman
M, 2hr 7min
Reviewed by Katy Breheny
A delicious sense of doom suffuses Snow White and the Huntsman, giving the traditional fairytale an evil but effective makeover.
Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is orphaned when her widowed father, King Magnus (Noah Huntley), is murdered by his new bride Ravenna (Charlize Theron).
A threat to Ravenna's rule, Snow White is imprisoned by the witch's brother, Finn (Sam Spruell), in a castle tower while the land falls into ruin.
The only way for Ravenna to maintain her beauty is by draining the young women around her of their youth. When Snow White comes of age, Ravenna discovers that possessing the innocent young woman's heart will give her immortality.
Snow White escapes into the Dark Forest but the sorceress employs the services of a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) familiar with the terrain to recapture her. While Snow White's chances seem grim, everything she knows is turned around and her fortunes may well be reversed as well.
Instantly recognisable, Kristen Stewart from the Twilight movies gives a Twilight-esque performance which is not unappealing but is a bit limited.
In contrast, Charlize Theron is a brilliant wicked sorceress with her evil knowing no bounds. It is this character that you really get to know through the course of the movie – her power to destroy as well as the forces that moulded her.
The depiction of the mirror is imaginative and different, as are many facets of this rendition of the tale. The special effects are stunning.
While we all know how the story ends, in this version things are not so cut and dried.
Following not that long after the movie Mirror Mirror, this is definitely the more watchable of the two – although you have to wonder why the age-old fairytale is being resurrected yet again.
Not enough is added this time to ensure it is a must-see, although it is an effective re-imagining. Snow White, as usual, can do no wrong. But in this movie it is Ravenna who is interesting, while the rest of the movie revolves around her.
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