Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman (Universal)

The same story, told a newer way.

I was a bit skeptical with this one. It seems like there’s a Snow White everywhere you turn now-a-days. I wasn’t too sure Kristen Stewart could pull off anything but a troubled teen in love with a glittering vampire. This movie proved me wrong. It’s a new take on the same old fairy tale with a new twist.

Snow White (Stewart) has been locked away in a tower since her father’s murder at the hands of Ravenna (Charlize Theron) who uses her evil magic to drain the life out of the land and the peasants. Just when the Queen finds out Snow White’s heart can make her immortal, wouldn’t you know it, she escapes. Enter hunk-man Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who finds himself tricked into tracking Snow down in the Dark Woods. And William (Sam Claflin), the Duke’s son, who once finding out his childhood friend is still alive, sets off to find and save Snow and bring peace to the land.

Now you have the plot.

The special effects in this movie were spot on. Even the full sized people playing dwarves were skillfully done. Theron plays the Evil Queen very well, Hemsworth’s part as Thor didn’t bleed into this movie, and it was a nice darker take on the favorite children’s classic. Then again, the Grimm versions of fairy tales were meant to be dark and scary. I was impressed with Stewart and they didn’t cast her as an unbelievable heroin like I had feared. She was a nice mixture of strong, yet helpless at time. I’m also happy that they avoided the obvious urge to make a love triangle with William, Huntsman, and Snow.

If you're expecting the same stuff from the ABC show, don't. You're in for something awesome in it's own right.

Definitely a “must see” for those who like their villains bad and all special effects fans.

by Dave Murawski 

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