Sunday, June 17, 2012
Snow White and the Huntsmen review; a huge let down
I figured, better late than never. So I trekked to the movie theater and watched Snow White and the Huntsmen (or SWATH for typing's sake). SWATH is of course the totally re-imagined story of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This is the second time this year we've seen this story on the big screen, the first coming courtesy of the awful Mirror, Mirror. While Mirror, Mirror was tapped as a light and campy version of the classic story, SWATH promised something very different. A dark and eerie style that reminds us of the Lord of the Rings films. The movie is directed by Rupert Sanders in his directorial debut. The evil queen (and damn is she evil), is played by the gorgeous Charlize Theron. The Huntsmen is played by the God of Thunder in a different franchise, Chris Hemsworth. And then the titular character of Snow White, played by the Twilight queen, Kristen Stewart. Let's go.
What I liked about the film:
Dominic Watkins, the production designer did an amazing job.
Charlize Theron is great! She is obviously beautiful to look at, but plays a very scary villain in the film. Sure she is frightening, but my only problem is she's not given much else to do. She's barely in the second and third acts. And when on screen, she's simply reminding us how dangerous and powerful she is. Kristen Stewart is slowing making me take her more serious. She was great in the movie. I worried that she wouldn't be believable in her role as a warrior, but she did it. All the while having a compassionate side.
Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost and Toby Jones make up some of the seven dwarfs. The dwarfs are the only comic relief in this otherwise serious film. They added a little bit of heart that I really enjoyed. And the special effects that helped the characters are top notch.
What I didn't like about the film:
The movie has some seriously boring parts. After an impressive fight sequence, the movie pumps the breaks. It's for an extended period of time too. Character development in a film is great, but cliche, fireside chats are not. The pacing just took me right out of the film and could never get me back.
Did. Not. Like. It.