Snow White and the Huntsman

Nathan Zoschke

“Snow White and the Huntsman” takes the fairy tale to a new level with this dark rendition of the much-loved story. Impeccable directing complete with beautiful imagery, perfect shot selection, and flawless CGI transform this childhood tale into a stunning piece of art.

The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) becomes subject to the Queen’s (Charlize Theron) reign of terror by going against her thrown and protecting the princess (Kristen Stewart) he swore to kill. In his quest, he becomes her mentor and provider while on the path to discover what his drunken self had been missing in life.

Director Rupert Sanders did a brilliant job of making the world of the evil Queen come to life. Every single shot added depth and perspective to the characters while creating a beautiful image, which would penetrate even the toughest of gazes. He knew which shots could convey the most emotion and he succeeded in this difficult challenge. Creatively and stylistically, Sanders transformed this average Hollywood blockbuster into an outstanding film.

The acting surprisingly worked for the film. Stewart’s emotionless style and overall awkwardness gave her an advantage while playing the character of Snow White. Although it was difficult to not assume Edward would come out of the dark and save her from the evil Queen, the casting choice fit the part. The same problem arose with Hemsworth. He brilliantly played the Huntsman, but whipping out his iron hammer seemed inevitable. Hemsworth will most likely never be able to escape from the character Thor just like Stewart will find it difficult to no longer be the love interest of a vampire.

As the film progressed, the beautiful directorial style started to become over-the-top and continuity issues were prevalent. A good 30 minutes could probably have been cut out or replaced by explanations. Several scenes seemed to be missing parts required to spare confusion while also failing to provide the necessary emotional connection. The script began to take a turn toward cheesiness, especially when Stewart attempted to break out of her shy persona and become a leader.

This transition showed her usual forceful way of acting and broke the audience’s connection with the character.

Overall, this is definitely a film worth seeing. This beautifully done film deserves recognition among the film buff circles and critics alike.

If you are watching for purely entertainment value, you may find this story slightly boring and confusing. If you enjoy a well-made film with well-known stereotypes of actors, this is definitely the summer blockbuster for you.

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