I've heard both good and bad about Snow white and the Huntsman and I've been completely mesmerized by Charlize Theron's version of the evil queen in the trailers so I finally decided to see it.
This version of Snow white was a harder and darker version than
usual and I found it fascinating, they did it quite well. The music really
lifted it and set the tone for the movie but the title could've been
better. I assumed, due to the title: and the Huntsman, that the
huntsman would get a bigger role than he actually ended up getting.
I quite liked it overall but a big problem I found with it was that it planted seeds here
and there but never made them into trees, probably because it needed
half an hour or even an hour more(!). Two hours wasn't enough. I must say
though that it was visually appealing with some truly extraordinary
scenes (specially those with the evil queen).
Something which truly bothered me though with Snow white was the total rip off from Princess Mononoke. If you haven't seen Mononoke you will think it's a beautiful
scene but if you have seen it you will see all the similarities and be annoyed. I truly do hope they asked first.
There were of course things I really liked with it too, it's a nice and for the most parts a well made movie.
I liked that they gave the evil queen motives
to why she behaves the way she does and not like usual with fairy tales
where the bad guys aren't shaped to become who they are, they just are bad naturally.
I felt sorry for the evil queen. I wanted to know more about her and what shaped her.
queen's companion, the mirror, is another thing I wanted to know more
about. I think this is the most awesome way I've seen the mirror being
portrayed ever. I wanted to know what the words around it mean, how the queen
came into its possession and more. The
mirror intrigued me.
I also liked the character design
of the dwarves and how they weren't stereotypical as they have a
tendency to be in most movies and stories, just as the queen's mirror.
The dwarves were their own characters in their own right and I liked how
they wasn't just a side kick amusement but important to the story as
well. What really added to the characters, I think, was the excellent
choice of actors for the dwarves.
What amused me while
watching though was that yet again two boys want Kristen Stewart's
character (just as Twilight) but the story never really followed that
path as much as it could have. The movie, in general, isn't a love story as the original Snow white (with the lovely prince) but more of an action movie.
Overall a great movie,
specially for the effects which work well on the big screen but I think
it could've been even more amazing. What made the movie for me was of course, as I expected, Charlize Theron's evil queen. I'm glad I decided to see it but I'm not sure if I would buy the DVD.
Snow White and Huntsman by *daekazu on deviantART
Note: I could write a lot of things about this movie and I did in the original
draft but I decided to keep some of my personal annoyances like Snow
white's clothes or that she never seemed surprised or taken by her surroundings despite being locked up