Year: Summer 2012
Length: 127 min
Directed by: Rupert Sanders
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron
Based on the fairy tale Snow White by the Brother's Grimm.
We're all familiar with the fairy tale of Snow White, now just imagine the evil queen sucking the youth out of beautiful girls, her magic a lot more powerful than standard, and her past as dark as her soul. The Huntsman, who ususally just lets Snow White escape out of the goodness of his heart, has now a major role to play and a lot of issues to overcome. Snow White, still as innocent as always, now gets an extra load of courage, and her battle with the queen is no longer just figurative.
Kristen Stewart as Snow White was... kinda still too much Bella, but not half bad. Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna and Chris Hemsworth as Huntsman rock, though, that's why I already ventured there four times. ^.^
No kidding, makers completely remodelded it into a story with a lot more layers, blurring the old black and white into a big smudge of gray, the biggest being that the evil queen is no longer evil simply because there has to be a villain and she is obsessd with the idea of eternal youth. No, you can totally understand Ravenna. You get glimpses of a background that had her become the witch she is, you get the why for her striving to be young forever. I thought it was awesome, because it made her very sympathetic, and you actually didn't want her to be simply killed and out of the way.
The Huntsman was just as awesome. Not just that he actually gets an important role to play as one of the good guys, he is also not exactly the model white knight. He has his not so minor problems, and essentially doesn't want a part in all of this. But because he has a conscience and a good heart -- if he wants to admit it or not -- that doesn't allow him to turn his back on someone who needs help.
Snow White was Snow White with all her purity power, and with just a little streak of a Jeanne d'Arc power trip. That was featured strongly with all the fantasy elements that were brought into the story, but those seemed partly forced into the storyline for their symbolic purposes, so I am not so sure if I should approve of it or not. I guess I'll make up my mind about it in the movies to follow, because this project is planned to be a trilogy, which I find outright awesome! Looking forward to the next one!
Area Scan: Plot: 3.5/5 -- Characters: 4/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Action: 3/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Fantasy: 5/5
Overall Rating: 4/5