Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

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I used the Queen as the main image because I want to emphasize the fact that she was the best thing in this movie solely due to the fact that Theron is a great actress!

With all that gossip and back-lashing that was (and still is) going around Kristen Stewart and the director of the movie I’m about to review, I could not not watch the movie. I mean the actual reason why I even decided to see the movie was because of that drama that the two caused in the entire Hollywood/media world. Without that, I would have never even turned an eye towards the Snow White and the Huntsman and in the end something good did come out of this. And by good I mean, I can finally write a pretty negative review (haven’t done those in a while) on the movie that trashed the beloved fairytale of my childhood from the very beginning.

First of all, let me explain why I didn’t even want to watch the movie in the first place. Although I’m not the most committed Disney fan I still love Walt Disney’s first full length production that happened to be the Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937). That, and the fact that my first impression of the trailer was certainty that the original story was so much better than the new Snow White. Seeing these old and timeless stories being butchered by movie companies by making them all over again by changing the core values just seems rude and unpleasant. When I first saw the trailer of Snow White it all just didn’t suit me at all – dark, war and hopeless attempt to draw emotion out of the least expressive face in young Hollywood. But then, all the drama hit the fans and the movie got a lot more interesting in terms of action (if you know what I mean) behind the scenes!

Of course the whole director cheating on his wife with the leading actress who happens to have a boyfriend (no names mentioned although I assume everybody knows what I’m talking about, unless you have been living under a rock lately) has nothing to do with the movie itself but I just saw it as a good reason to watch this disaster. So why was it a disaster? Like I said, I don’t like the idea of changing things into the worst, which is kind of the main stream thing at the moment – new versions of old movies/stories that don’t really need the rejuvenating treatment. Especially when the fairytale is turned into a war and the innocent Snow White goes from cleaning and cooking to fighting and killing. Feminists might argue on this fact by saying she is finally portrayed as a strong female figure but I mean, violence is never something to be proud of. Plus, I felt like the original Snow had a certain kindness and warmth that made her the anti-evil as one might say. Having those soft qualities might not necessarily mean she was weak in the first place, it just shows that we as women are strong at showing love and affection. Those qualities lacked in the Snow White of 2012 not only due to writing but also because Stewart is never good at offering warm and fuzzier feelings.

Therefore it is clear that casting didn’t help the movie when it came to the leading role, I mean Kristen Stewart has so much talent that she literally can’t show emotion! There was this specific scene where she had just risen from her deep sleep and they were going to war, the Huntsman came and smiled at her because he loved her of course and instead of at least smiling at him, she just stared into an empty space with her mouth opened. No chemistry. No content. No apparent reasons to hire her to play such a role. Other casting choices were quite okay, I like Hemsworth and Theron was probably the most professional in her role making the Queen look the most realistic out of them all. Sad though that her good role happened to be in a movie that didn’t have an impact on me because I really tried hard to like her more but it fell short due to the plot.

Plot mistakes were there from the very beginning, most alarming to my need for logic was that white horse just waiting for Snow White on the beach. It made no sense, it was a complete throw off for me and I couldn’t focus on the movie without second guessing every scene after that. On a more positive note, I must admit that the visual outlook of it all did have a certain quality but this is the 21st century – having good computer effects isn’t something to brag about anymore. I did enjoy the new version of the mirror that answers to the well known question from the Queen, slimy and golden – nice concept and probably the only thing I actually preferred over the original version. Speaking of the differences between the original and the new version, the plot twist of the Huntsman being the “prince” in the end was just weird. But (!) not because of the story line, because that would have actually been interesting and personally more appealing to me since the Huntsman would be the underdog in this situation, but (!) it got misinterpreted by the emotionless Kristen Stewart!

The character of Snow White lacked any kind of chemistry with both the Prince and the Huntsman, this is something that I could have been accustomed with due to the well known love-triangle from Twilight, but since I haven’t seen the series I was not aware of the fact that two people can love each other without chemistry. Chris Hemsworth did try I guess but working with a girl who has her eye on the director and can’t express feelings (I know I’m being harsh but I’ve seen many of her movies so my opinion is based on my own experience therefore valid from my point of view) must be demanding, plus, chemistry is not an one-way street!

To wrap things up, I did not enjoy the movie for many reasons but I’m quite okay with the decision of watching it in the first place. Things I found out from Snow White and the Huntsman: I’m yet again certain that I don’t like Kristen Stewart, I kind of still like Chris Hemsworth although he isn’t the best actor and I think Charlize Theron has a knack for making bad movies a tiny bit better (being the only reason why the movie was watchable). And finally the number one knowledgeable fact the movie gave me: in case of a prison escape, there will be, most likely, a white horse waiting for you on the beach willing enough to let you ride it towards your freedom because that is just something that the horses do in modern fairy tales.

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    Joe Giuliano
    September 14, 2012 at 7:16 PM

    WOW, you were pretty harsh! First and most importantly, if you read my review already then you know how I felt about Kristen Stewart. She was the single biggest fault within the film for many reason, the least of which is her lack of acting ability. Another major problem I had was how are we to believe that Snow White was more beautiful when compared to Charlize Theron?? She was the farest, I’ll give her that…and I strongly emphasize her as being fare.

    My other issue was with the dwarves…all 8(!??!) of them. They had all these popular, extremely talented guys playing the dwarves but they are completely under-utilized in the film.

    I did enjoy Charlize Theron’s over acting and also ejoyed Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman quite a bit. I would have rather watched a film about either one of those characters to be honest. Visually I thought the movie looked good and liked the darker aspect of the film, although it did feel that they were trying to do a Lord of the Rings style film.

    I graded it better than you did, but I can’t argue with the problems you had.

    Nice work!

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      mettelray
      September 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      Harsh.. yeah, well my dislike for Stewart can go a long way and like I said, I had no plan to watch the movie at all so I knew even without watching it that I wouldn’t like it. And yeah, you bring out a lot of other issues but I tried to focus on one.. which like you saw, took a lot of space on its own. If I had commented on the beauty aspect.. it would have been unfair coming from me because I don’t really comment on female beauty – I can do that mostly with men.. and Hemsworth, well, he’s got that something-something.

      I didn’t even want to go to the whole dwarves (dwarfs? – my grammar check doesn’t like “dwarves”) thing because I didn’t even remember them to be honest.

      And I mean, I gave it some points.. could have been worse.

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        Joe Giuliano
        September 14, 2012 at 7:37 PM

        It’s easy to dislike someone’s talent when they really don’t have any.

        I don’t mind commenting on female beauty 🙂
        I don’t mind commening on how men look either, but I do appreciate beautiful women. 😉

        Dwarves, Dwarfs….how about vertically challenged as I like to call them.

        I also never got the impression that there was a love connection between the Huntsman and Snow White. I felt like he was helping her out of a sense of responsibilty.

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          mettelray
          September 14, 2012 at 7:45 PM

          Vertically challenged? Ha – that’s just cruel but yet so awesome!
          PS: Has Stewart ever had chemistry with an actor/actress? I just.. I have never understood the industry when it comes to her because she keeps getting jobs and people keep hating on her. Just hope that the fiasco she created with the director will make her disappear for a while or forever even.

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    Bonjour Tristesse
    September 15, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Yikes, only a half circle. I think that’s the lowest rating I’ve seen you give out. I knew it was wise to avoid this one.

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      mettelray
      September 15, 2012 at 2:34 AM

      My dislike towards Stewart goes a long way.. even further now as she is a home wrecker and all. Plus, I like the original fairytale so I don’t appreciate it being butchered like that. :/

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    Nosgoth1979
    September 15, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    I wasn’t interested in it almost entirely because of Kristen Stewart being cast in it. Thanks for the review, even though it was a confirmation that I’m in for a bad night sometime in the near future. My girlfriend wants it to be our movie-night movie, so I put it in my Blockbuster @Home queue. I thought I’d read a few reviews to see what I’m in for and all I can say is I’m glad I pay a flat by-the-month fee, and won’t feel like I’m paying to see this movie—with the exception of my time, of course. Oddly though, one of my coworkers at Dish was telling me she really liked this film, like a lot; does Chris Hemsworth take his shirt off or something? Oh well, I’ll try and make the best of it. The visual styling looks pretty cool at least, and should come through nicely on the Blu-Ray.

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      mettelray
      September 15, 2012 at 8:36 PM

      I mean, I read a review that gave it a lot of praise due to visuals and those little tiny elements. My problem was in a general sense trying to get past the characteristics and casting which I in the end didn’t do at all. It is all that dislike towards Stewart, I’m telling you, any other actress in the leading role and it might have been a decent movie!

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    CMrok93
    September 15, 2012 at 9:09 PM

    Didn’t do wonders for me like I would have hoped for but I still enjoyed myself with this direction and just how damn dark and gritty everything was. However, the story the story could have been a lot better and featured a lot more tension than it initially gives off. Nice review.

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      mettelray
      September 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM

      Different actress, a bit more attention to the screenplay and maybe Snow White could have been amazing yes.

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    Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema)
    September 17, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    Ouchies. that is probably the worst score I have seen for this film, but I do not disagree… probably in my worst 5 of the year so far!!

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      mettelray
      September 17, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Could be worse.. I didn’t even want to see this, that’s how bad I thought it was.

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    Lights Camera Reaction
    September 21, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Haha! Loving the harsh review.
    I literally have no interest in seeing this.
    Great post.

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