Here it is: the official Lytherus review of Snow White and the Huntsman. One of us loved the movie, while the other had a few more problems with it. Read the reviews below!
One of the most anticipated films of the summer, Snow White and the Huntsman has finally hit theaters. Featuring an ensemble cast and helmed by a first-time director, this film could have easily been very bad or very good. Fortunately, it turned out to be the latter. Dark, gripping, and visually stunning, Snow White and the Huntsman offers a fun new twist on a classic fairy tale and bodes well for the career of first-time director Rupert Sanders.
The beautiful princess Snow White is only a girl when fate cruelly snatches her mother away, leaving her father grief-stricken and desperate. When the king comes across a beautiful woman named Ravenna, he immediately takes her as his wife. But, in a swift and brutal betrayal, Ravenna kills her new husband and seizes the throne. She imprisons Snow White, and, with the help of her evil brother Finn, takes control of the entire kingdom, striking terror into all of its inhabitants. Years later, Snow White escapes her prison and flees into the deadly Dark Forest. The Queen, furious, orders Finn to find her someone who knows the Dark Forest and does not fear it. Finn and his men bring back Eric, a widower and an alcoholic who knows the Dark Forest like the back of his hand. Snow White and Eric cross paths, but instead of fighting each other, they embark on an incredible adventure to assemble an army and destroy Queen Ravenna once and for all. On their journey, the two encounter many friends and foes, including the seven dwarves(who all have different names) and Snow White’s childhood friend William, who proves to be one of her most valuable allies. They must succeed, or the world will be consumed by darkness forever.
Kristen Stewart does a surprisingly good job in the lead role, giving audiences a much different but arguably better Snow White. Chris Hemsworth, now one of the most prolific actors in the industry, plays the buff Huntsman, Eric. His acting improves with every new role he appears in, and here is no different. Hemworth’s Huntsman is a gruff, aggressive man, but beneath that tough exterior he is a man in agony. He just lost his wife, and he attempts to drink the pain away with copious amounts of alcohol. His character is by far the most intriguing, and will no doubt become a favorite among audiences. Charlize Theron’s Queen Ravenna is a deliciously evil villain, and her performance is the most memorable one of the bunch. The seven dwarves are all fun characters, but there are really no standout performances. Sam Claflin, who plays William, provides a stiff and unconvincing performance, and his character is the least interesting and most underdeveloped one in the film. Besides that, the acting here is very good and should please viewers.
The film’s biggest issue lies in character development, or lack thereof. Most of the characters, while well portrayed by their actors, come across as bland and uninteresting, breaking that important connection they should have with viewers. Also, the storytelling is thin, and the lack of depth might bother more perceptive or attentive moviegoers.
Flaws aside, Snow White and the Huntsman takes a classic tale and explores fun new territory with it, changing up characters and plot lines and making Snow White a total badass. It’s different, but it works, which is what many viewers will find so appealing about it.
A fantastic addition to this summer’s pantheon of blockbusters, Snow White and the Huntsman is definitely worth checking out.
4 out of 5 stars
Snow White and the Huntsman is already a second re-telling of Snow White this year, and a much darker one at that. While Rupert Sanders’ movie uses the main elements of the familiar fairy tale – the evil queen, the mirror, the poisoned apple – it decides to go in a different direction, making the Huntsman’s role more prominent, as Snow White’s protector. Snow White character is also quite different – she comes across as more of an action heroine, which is certainly an interesting interpretation.
Rupert Sanders manages to create a visually gripping fantasy epic with a dark atmosphere. It would be hard to imagine anyone else in place of Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna, whose reign Snow White is destined to end. While Ravenna represents the evil in the movie, Charlize Theron’s performance is anything but one-dimensional. Her Ravenna is a very dark and twisted character, sometimes showing clear signs of madness, but there are also few glimpses of vulnerability. Interestingly enough, Ravenna’s character is probably the most memorable and well-developed in the movie. Overall, Kristen Stewart does a decent job as Snow White, though sometimes, I had trouble connecting with her character. Chris Hemsworth doesn’t disappoint as the Huntsman, creating a likable character who is seemingly uncomplicated, at first. The dwarves are still present in this story, providing the much-needed comic relief.
I really liked the story’s emphasis on the inner beauty of Snow White rather than the outward beauty, with which Ravenna is so obsessed. Other than that, the story seemed somewhat lacking at times, but the visuals definitely made up for a lot of it. Of all the interesting environments in the movie, the Dark Forest is probably the most memorable one – and certainly the creepiest, with the film-makers using the “Dark” part in its name to the fullest.
While Snow White and the Huntsman has great action and is visually interesting, the story is weak at times. There is still plenty to see, and there is also Florence and the Machine’s “Breath of Life” playing over the end credits – a nice addition to the movie.