Movie studios have long been known to release similar themed movies in the same year in hopes of catching onto a new trend. This year has been no different with two different version of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of Snow White being released. Earlier this year Relativity Media rushed Mirror, Mirror out to hit theatres first, and it came and went with very poor reception. Now it’s Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman’s turn to see if movie going audiences are willing to give fairy tales another try.
Ravenna (Charlize Theron) is a powerful and vain sorceress who seduces and kills the King, and claims the throne for herself. She takes the King’s daughter Snow White (Kristen Stewart) prisoner, and holds her in the highest tower until the day she is told by her magic mirror that Snow White is more beautiful then she is. She is also told that if she eats Snow White’s heart that she will not only be the fairest in the land, but also immortal. When Snow White is summoned to appear before the Queen she manages to escape the kingdom and runs into the dark woods. Ravenna summons a local Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to bring her back, but when he finds her he takes pity on the girl and becomes her protector. Together they make their way through the land and attempt to rally the people to fight the Queen and reclaim the kingdom that is rightfully Snow White’s.
Snow White and the Huntsman is a much darker movie than Mirror, Mirror, but not much better. It looks better, and the cinematography is amazing, but the story is often confusing and muddled. Kristen Stewart plays a better Snow White than Lily Collins did, but her acting is uneven and her character is unbelievable. In all fantasy you need to suspend your disbelief, but how many people out there really believe that a girl who has been locked away in a cold, drafty tower for many years would be able to swing a sword, rally the troops, and defend herself from the forces of evil? The attempted love triangle also fizzles, and by the end you are left with no answers as to who she ends up with. The story is closer to the original fairy tale than Mirror, Mirror was, but in order to make the movie featured length a whole lot of garbage was created as filler. Ravenna was given a brother and a back story, a whole series of scenes featuring fairies, a magical white stag, and a troll were added in, and there was a big climatic battle for the kingdom at the end.
What does this movie add up to? To quote the bard ‘it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing’. Don’t waste your time with this one, unless all you want to do is look at pretty things and shut your brain off for two hours.