Snow White and the Huntsman Movie Review

I really enjoyed Snow White and the Huntsman. Charlize Theron (Hancock, The Italian Job, The Devil’s Advocate) did an impeccable job portraying Queen Ravenna, a woman who was blessed by a witch with the gift of magical power at the cost of her own life force, which can be replenished by sucking the age from young women; reminiscent to one of the earliest recorded female serial killers (Elizabeth Báthory) who may have drained and bathed in the blood of up to 700 virgin girls in the 16th and early 17th century. According to the mirror on the wall – capable of emerging from a large brass mirror into the figure of a human – tells the queen that Snow White, an oddly rigid and introverted personification of the heroine by Kristen Stewart (Twilight Saga: Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse, Breaking Dawn :Parts One and Two, Zathura: A Space Adventure, The Messengers), is the exception. If Ravenna can consume Snow White’s heart, she’ll no longer have to use young women to stay young. A seemingly easy task as they’ve had her locked up in the castle since Ravenna craftily took over the kingdom from Snow White’s father after tricking him into falling in love with her. Snow White escapes, however, and flees to the eerie and hallucinatory dark forest, forcing the queen to employ Gregory Aberle – the Huntsman – to find her. Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers, The Cabin in the Woods )has the epic Norwegian hero roll down, able to summon the sexy northern European accent at will. With the assistance of Ravenna’s brother, William – Sam Claflin (United, The Pirates of the Carribean: On Stranger Tides, The Lost Future) – and a few other henchmen, the group hurries to the Dark Forest to find Snow White. Once they do, Snow White convinces Aberle to help her, which eventually puts them in the company of seven dwarves who recognize Snow White as someone who may be able to start an uprising and vanquish the evil Queen and her men. Rupert Sanders (Made in Hollywood, Cinema 3, Janela Indescreta) directed the film, bringing a pleasant blend of the familiar to the darkness of the original story by the Grimm Brothers. While it was essentially more of the same by today’s standards, the special effects were crisp and executed flawlessly, the acting was appeasing and the story-line and structure by Evan Daugherty (Rusty Forkblade, Killing Season), John Lee Hancock (The Rookie, The Blind Side, The Alamo), and Hossein Amini (The Four Feathers, Drive, Killshot) put a nice spin on the old fairy tale by moving it to the gothic horror-fantasy genre.

-Benjamin Allen
4 out of 5 Stars (4.00)

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