Review: Snow White and the Huntsman
“Snow White and the Huntsman” is a completely competant yet unexciting update of the classic tale. A promising opening is diminished quickly by the many images and scenes that called me back to “The Lord of the Rings” due to their similar style. The questionable casting choice of Kristen Stewart could have gone worse but she doesn’t really bring anything to the film. Charlize Theron as the evil Queen tries her best but I never grew to care much about her character one way or the other. The dwarves are fun as you’d expect, but largely wasted as we are not given a chance to get to know any of their unique personalities. The action scenes range from interesting to bland in the same way that they came off in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” remake.
As you may have guessed based on my previous comments, this is a hit-and-miss film, one which at times can hold your attention and bring some great moments from the story to life with its beautiful imagry. Too often, though, it stumbles into the same generic safe-zone as a lot of wanna-be blockbusters. The running time doesn’t help this, as it’s padded with too many pointless diversions that don’t add much to the story. As for the story, the writers tried to change things up at times, with middling success. At this point, we’ve just seen this arc done too many times in better movies. The generic score also was almost distracting at times as well.
If you don’t mind the predictable nature of watching another retelling of Snow White, you might find it worth your while. The special effects are done well and don’t scream “fake!” nearly as often as I’m accustomed, and the director clearly puts effort forth into the project, making this head and shoulders more worthy of a film than the last fairy-tale update (last year’s embarrassing “Red Riding Hood”). And on the bright side, at least the charisma of Chris Hemsworth hasn’t been sullied by his over-saturation at the cinema. It’s just far too boring to give it a strong recommendation.