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Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)


The tale of Snow White has come to an end. With “Snow White and the Huntsman”, we get a lame and disordered mess of a movie. There is so much wrong with the film, it’s impossible where to begin. What has been presented to the audience is an abysmal adaptation of the classic fairy tale with very little results. Even though there are some good things about the film, “Snow White and the Huntsman” just abandons the fairy tale on which is centered on.


The plot is your typical Snow White story. Snow White must stop her evil stepmother from taking her beauty away. But in this version, she gets the help from the huntsman, to stop her evil stepmother from living forever.

“Snow White and the Huntsman” is a perfect example on how NOT to do a fairy tale movie. First of all, the cast just doesn’t fit well into the story. Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, who play the main leads, are totally miscast. Instead, the filmmakers could have chosen some well-talented actors for the roles, but what we got were two people already known for other popular films. Mainly the “Twilight” franchise and “Thor”. The dwarfs appear nearly one hour into the film, and they are not likeable characters. But the biggest downfall to the casting is Charlize Theron who plays the evil queen. She is so over-the-top, it’s just hilarious. If the filmmakers had gotten someone a little bit older, then it would have worked.


But we’re not done yet, as there are still quite a few more problems in the movie. The direction was terrible. The pacing was too quick and felt disjointed. But what really kills “Snow White and the Huntsman” is the story. Yes, we like seeing our favorite fairy tales being updated, yet when you turn the tale of Snow White into an action flick, it just ruins the mood of the picture. There are also certain plot elements that just happen and go with no explanation whatsoever.


For example, there is a moment in the movie where the huntsman and Snow White need to cross a bridge. Unfortunately there is a troll, which looks nothing like a traditional troll, and attacks them. Snow White, who has no weapons whatsoever, stops the creature with her looks and the troll goes away. Once this scene is finished, it’s never mentioned again. Poor writing at its finest.


The only good things that do make the movie work are the visuals. The costumes look nice, as well as the sets, and the cinematography is good as the movie was filmed in and around the United Kingdom and Ireland. But you need something to convince audiences to stay for two hours. Hell, this year’s “Mirror Mirror” was more entertaining than this film.


Bottom line: “Snow White and the Huntsman” is a mess that ruins the fairy by all means. Avoid this movie at all costs. Oh, and don’t expect any ending; there isn’t one.

2 thoughts on “Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)”

  1. I respectfully disagree. Yes, the plot is disjointed (and the troll scene is just one of several out-of-the-blue pointless scenes), the dwarfs are not developed at all (but this movie is titled “Snow White and the Huntsman” not “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”), and it is more appropriately in the fantasy/adventure than the fairy tale genre.

    But “The Lord of the Rings” (and other modern movies) has already permanently impacted the way we view fairy tales, and “Snow White and the Huntsman” is much more in line with that film than the venerable Disney classic, although the reimagination of Snow White’s flight through the Dark Forest is certainly reminiscent of the animated version.

    And while I cannot argue that Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth are not Academy Award-worthy actors at this point in their careers, I fear you have completely missed the mark with Charlize Theron: she was supposed to be over-the-top, and that flamboyance made her psychopathically fascinating.

    Further, you have failed to acknowledge the most mesmerizing elements of the film: the set design/art direction, special effects, make-up and costumes, which made every moment of this movie visually interesting (and reminscent of some cinematic classics: “El Cid,” “Excalibur,” the afore-mentioned “Lord of the Rings,” “Gladiator,” and even Disney’s own “Snow White” and “Sleeping Beauty.” It is as though you went in to the theater looking for a classical art gallery and were dismayed that it was an exhibit of impressionism.

    The visual flair of “Snow White and the Huntsman” in my eyes overcame its many other flaws, making it eminently watchable (although certainly no classic). When the wicked queen asks the mirror who is fairest of them all, the mirror responds by gauging her stunning surface beauty, not the black blemishes on her heart. “Snow White and the Huntsman” should be watched from the same perspective– don’t look too deep; this is not allegory. Enjoy it the way you would enjoy “Indiana Jones” or “Star Wars.”

  2. I agree with Kirby for the most post. I think visually, the film was stunning, and Theron was brilliant in managing to be both predatory and vulnerable from scene to scene.
    However I agree with you about rest of the acting, particularly Stewart. It’s a shame, I was hoping to see her break her usual standard from ‘Twilight’ of moping around and instead own a role with so much potential for a good female lead, but apparently she’s a one-trick-pony, that trick being ‘something for the male lead to rescue’.

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