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Plot: Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen. Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman to kill Snow White. However the huntsman finds himself unable to murder the innocent young woman, and instead ends up training her to become a warrior capable of threatening the queen's reign. Runtime: 127 mins Release Date: 29 May 2012
What a breathtakingly raw adaptation! (by arfa129)
When my friend called me up on the morning of 14th May telling me that she won tickets to the premiere of this movie and wanted me to come along, I couldn't believe it. I was half asleep when she called me and in my sleep state I was tempted to say no and hit the hay but THANK GOD I DIDN'T. This movie was absolutely breath taking from the very first scene and it's tremendous considering Rupert Sanders is a first time director. Not even the most experienced directors could have taken this where Rupert took it. The visual imagery was so raw and edgy, I could actually feel Queen <more>
Ravenna's lust for beauty and her hatred for Snow White and it's safe to say that Charlize Theron was the perfect actress for this role. Only she could make an evil queen seem vulnerable at the same time. Kristen Stewart was a pleasant surprise! After the Twilight movies, I had somewhat doubted her abilities as an actress but I'm glad and relieved to say that she proved me wrong. She brought such heart, passion and bravery to this role and yes, Snow White did kick some ass! K-Stew was all suited up in armour with her sword in hand ready to fight for her Kingdom unlike the airy fairy Lily Collins in "Mirror, Mirror". It's refreshing to see young blood bringing something new to cinema and not what has been done a thousand times before so thanks K-Stew, you're definitely one to watch! Chris Hemsworth was fantastic as the Huntsman! A "brute with a heart" he most certainly is! Chris Hemsworth brought such strength and vulnerability to the Huntsman. He may appear very rugged and unkempt in the movie but don't let that fool you...his character is soft at heart and is willing to do anything to be a good human being but he doesn't show it as most of us do. He chooses to prove his loyalty by giving his word to Snow White...I won't say anymore but prepare for an interesting twist there! The dwarfs were amazing and had such attitude, Toby Jones, Ian McShane, Ray Winstone gave delightful performances and were definitely one of the highlights of the movies.Overall, the movie is a solid 10/10 and I will definitely watch it again...YOU SHOULD TOO!
I must say, when I first heard the news that there was going to be a Snow White live-action film, I had a good laugh. When I heard that Kristen Stewart was going to play Snow White, I had an even bigger laugh. But when I saw the trailer, I stopped laughing. And then I watched the movie, and knew I had to write a review. This film is not going to win many if any awards, nor will it be a favorite this year, but it is entirely a good movie. Stunning visual effects, many great landscape shots, good acting, great action, and a believable storyline. This is not the Disney film you are used to, but <more>
a much grittier and more mature take on the original tale. You should not take your children to this film, nor should the intense nature of the film scare you off. I enjoyed it from start to finish, and I think many people will too.
Gonna be honest over here: 'Mirror Mirror' was one of the worst movies I have ever seen and by this, I was so unmotivated and so uninspired to see 'Snow White and the Huntsman', until my girlfriend forced me to do so, like she did for Twilight, thinking I was going to be bored to tears: I regret my thoughts. The movie is hugely brutal and a flat-out masterpiece by itself. 1. THE QUEEN: Charlize Theron really took out the limitless evil from Ravenna unlike any Queen portrayal. She, as always, was one of the best characters throughout the movie. She does know how to die melting <more>
: 2. SNOW WHITE: I gotta say something I never thought I was gonna say in my life: Kristen Stewart really showed to the audience that she doesn't act like a depressive human in the middle of a vampiric/werewolf love. She acted like a brave, bold and valiant former princess that couldn't be better performed. 3. THE HUNTSMAN: Hemsworth was actually very cool. I'm a man, so I cannot put so much emphasis on this one, but his acting was fair.4. THE Dwarfs: They were actually good, but not WOW. 5. Prince William: I thought that the lead male roll in the movie was going to be him, but to be exact, he appears few times in the movie. The Huntsman was better, but yet, Claflin was good too. The movie over-all was astonishing and electrifying. Everyone should go see it and WORD OF ADVICE: IGNORE SOME OF THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS OF ABOVE, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT RIGHT. My rating: 10.0/10!
An Artful Analysis of Femininity, Not a Bed Time Story (by portunhol_26)
My wife wanted to see it. We saw "John Carter" because I was curious and neither of us really liked that movie. It was my turn. I had wriggled my way out of seeing the other Snow White movie but now I was going to have to bite the bullet. I was pleasantly surprised. The story and special effects, which are very good, are really all just one level of this movie. It's really about different aspects of feminine beauty.The Evil Queen played perfectly by Charlize Theron is very appropriately symbolized by a raven: a carrion bird that feeds off of death for its own benefit. Her <more>
beauty is objectified. Instead of allowing herself to be vulnerable she embraces the objectification and uses it to spread death and destruction for her own gain. She is particularly threatened by and benefits the most from the beauty of other women. She also obsesses about youth. Has anyone else met this woman before because I certainly have! Snow White is the flip side of the same coin. She is beautiful without being objectified. She has no symbol but is almost portrayed as Mother Nature incarnate. She inspires, nurtures and heals. Instead of feeling threatened by the beauty around her she reveals in it. She brings out the best in others. It is clear that she does not need anyone to tell her that she is beautiful in order for her to feel that way.Modern feminism is often laughable. Women can only be "free" and "empowered" if they act as libertine as the worst male philanderer without being criticized for it any more than their male counter parts. They must be objectified to be powerful. To them sex is power. They are symbolized by the Evil Queen in this movie.This Snow White is refreshing because she is not a sex toy defined by her beauty. Though she is aided by men she is certainly not defined by them or helpless without them. She is also aided by other women for that matter. She knows who she is and struggles to realize her potential as best she can, just like everyone does whether male or female. Her self-realization does not come at the cost of anyone else's, in fact, as she becomes freer so do all those who surround her. She does not need someone else to feel smaller for her to feel better. It's a wonderful message.No matter how much your little eight-year-old girl begs do not take her to this movie. There was a small child behind me and my wife who often became very frightened by the movie's violence. Take your sixteen-year-old instead. Maybe she will see that there is more for her to be than eye candy.
Now This Queen is The Ultimate Villain (by aharmas)
When I saw the previews for both of the upcoming "Snow White" adaptations, I was excited. The take with Julia felt wrong, though it looked pretty good. When I saw Charlize fulminating eyes in "The Huntsman" I knew it would hard to miss the target. This film delivers because it goes back what inspired the original source: haunted forests, dirty, hopeless villages, dark, imposing castles, and an electrifying and literally heart-stopping villain. This one got as far away from Disney as it is possible and works as a perfect bookend to 75 years of attempts to capture the spirit <more>
of the original tale.There are changes, and it is a very radical spin by making the heroine a stronger match to the diabolical queen, a bruised and bitter, yet majestic portrayal by the magical Theron, an actress who speaks volumes with a look, a quick glance, or a murderous stare. She is as impressive here as she was in "Monster". She wears the fabulous costumes by Atwood by an almost supernatural grace. She is worthy of every crown, every jewel, every outrageous outfit. She is great because her fantastical character feels almost real and is so powerful, that she is missed while she is not on the screen.In this picture, Snow White is not a meek and scared child. She must confront unexpected dangers and her evil stepmother, and she finds courage pretty much where her enemy does, deep inside her soul or heart. Both understand why each's demise is crucial and vital to the other. For most of the film, Theron is in a crusade to kill White by taking a hold of her heart. Theron also knows this young princess is the only who can destroy her, and that is enough motivation for some amazing trickery.There are plenty of breathtaking moments, from the powerful introduction of the duplicitous queen to the most fantastic display of magic on the screen involving fairies. This would inspire even Shakespeare to write a sequel to a couple of his comedies.It is gorgeous and wonderful scene that will have people talking for a while, and Spielberg must have inspired others to use a beautiful white stallion for maximum effect in a terrifying scene.Be prepared to be surprised and entertained by many actors doing top work, and this is very hard considering how Theron owns the screen. Stewart does very good work as Snow White, but the movie belongs to Theron. She is the dark force that lives in the heart of many classics, and it is hard to picture anyone else doing anything remotely close.A very good fairy tale, with plenty of heart.
The fairy tale becomes a solid Sword and Sorcery epic with brains AND brawn (by s_campanale)
There has been a recent trend in re-envisioning classic fairy tales as the darker psychological tales they were originally meant to be rather than the safe Disney fare: laudable, yet the results have been disappointing at best. "Alice in Wonderland" was one of Burton's worst films; "Red Riding Hood" was a cheaply made Twilight knock off, while this year's "Mirror, Mirror" telling almost the exact same story as SWATH dipped its elbow in edgy darkness, only to pull it out immediately because the water was too hot. So now we have "Snow White and the <more>
Huntsman".The poster and the trailer promised much, but could it deliver? Well it seems the answer is "yes".SWATH is a solid sword and sorcery tale that, like this years "John Carter", harks back to the 80's fantasy boom, with movies like "Legend" "Ladyhawke" "Krull" "Excalibur" and "The Dark Crystal" in its DNA. It sticks quite closely to the outline of the original story, but introduces the idea of Snow White as a warrior, a focal point for resistance to a cruel and unjust tyrant, as well as a symbol of feminine power also done, poorly, in "Mirror, Mirror" There is plenty of darkness, both literal this is a gloomy land, at least under Ravenna's reign and psychological. Like its 80's progenitors, it has a lot of horror elements and nasty brutality, and it is quite surprising to see it get away with a 12a UK rather than a 15 certificate. It would very suitable for older children and teenagers, but definitely not one for smaller children. Charlize Theron, who is little more than stunt casting in "Prometheus", here delivers the goods as the "wicked queen" Ravenna. In keeping with modern sensibilities and Shakespearian tradition she is not evil per Se, but nurses deep wounds and hurts, and reacts to life's cruelties by becoming cruel herself, continuing the wheel of destruction rather than trying to stop it. It is not vanity that drives her but the survival instinct. She has learnt that a woman's looks are the key to power in a Man's world, and uses her magic to keep her eternally young so she can be eternally powerful, a lesson that is sadly all too relevant today. Ravenna is a cruel villain and one who must be stopped, yet she also evokes pity and pathos. One the other side, Kristen Stewart excels as Snow White. Endlessly ridiculed and parodied for her waxwork dummy non-acting in the "Twilight" series, Stewart uses the chance here to create a truly strong character, one who can be both the "messiah" to her desperate people, and a credible heroine whose strength is "inner beauty" rather than the outer kind, and it is in large part down to her that the film works so smoothly. Chris Hemsworth brings something of "Thor" to his Huntsman, but also gives him a very human side, becoming the "Han Solo" scoundrel to Stewart's feisty Princess, growing slowly to love her. The seven dwarfs 8 to begin with are, like those in "Mirror,Mirror", bandits who become freedom fighters, but here they are all played by famous British character actors digitally "resized" in an incredibly seamless way. They are tough and course, but are also capable of goodness when called for, and though they are not a major factor in the film, they make a mark. The special effects are also excellent, not just the aforementioned dwarfs, but also the various mythical creatures, both the trolls and demons of the "Dark Forest" and the magical creatures of the Enchanted forest, including a majestic multi-horned white hart straight from Celtic and Norse mythology. The "sorcery" is good, as is the "sword", with plenty of well-staged battles that feel painful and suffocating as arrows and sword blows rain down from every direction, and death could be just around the corner. It all leads to a final showdown in the Queen's chamber that sees both Sword and Sorcery employed, with the predictable conclusion reached in a tense and emotionally satisfying way. Though Snow White has two suitors here, The Huntsman and a noble childhood friend who grows up to become a leader of the anti-Ravenna movement, and although there are romantic feelings around, they never come to the surface. There are after all more important things to worry about than meeting cute and making out, and the love stuff is left to happen off screen at some later date, making it yet another entry into the "abstinence" genreAll in all, SWATH is a thrilling, exciting, well-acted, well-made, solid piece of old school 80s style Sword and Sorcery fantasy that doesn't ignore the original tale but builds upon it, adding horror, drama, pathos and emotional heft for good measure! It may not be everybody's "cup of tea", and certainly not one for smaller children or the squeamish, but if you like fantasy and action, and want to see one great star and two rising new stars in action, surrounded by the best of British character talent, then this is definitely the summer film for you!!
When I heard they were making this film, I was slightly anxious how this would turn out. After the disappointing re-imagining of Alice In Wonderland, I feared this would go the same way. I was wrong. Everything about this film was excellent. The level of design, the cinematography, the acting and the special effects all absolutely shone and brought this world to life, stepping effortlessly from serene and beautiful, to tough and gritty in a heart beat.So lets talk about the cast. Yes, I had my reservations when I heard the main three characters were all played by non-Brits Stewart, Theron <more>
and Hemsworth having said that, they all played their characters excellently. Stewart's portrayal of Snow White was a subtle and intelligent performance. Her accent and this is coming from a Brit was pretty good, in fact all three did very well in that department. Stewart has really progressed as an actress and found her feet in this film. She looked absolutely stunning with the help of incredible cinematography, but what impressed me most of all was her characters arc throughout the film. She has really provided young girls with an excellent role model. Turning from a damsel in distress to a woman who can really stand her ground and fight for what she believes in. Chris Hemsworth surprised me in this film. His accent did suffer slightly, however it did not detract from what I thought was a great performance. In particular the scene in which he talks about his dead wife to a lifeless Snow White was extremely heartfelt and showed a side to him that I've have not seen in his previous movies. Theron, Queen Ravenna, played the part expertly. Her character could have easily have become two dimensional, but Charlize added a quality which almost gained sympathy from the audience. Her struggle for undying beauty and immortally, may be a shallow one, however the way she played it with such commitment, energy and sometimes poignancy made us completely believe how deeply craved for it, therefore earning her right to be so deliciously wicked.I would liked to have seen more of the seven dwarfs and I feel they were slightly under used. Ray Winstone, Nick Frost and Toby Jones provided the comic relief the film needed in such darkness however also provided one of the most touching scenes which was acted brilliantly by all and shot stunningly. Adding to the beautiful camera work was the stirring, operatic score. Composed by James Newton Howard, it really lifted the film and stood out over the chaos of the battle scenes, created tension in all the right places, and moved me to the point where my hair on my arms and neck stood on end. Finally, I would whole heartedly recommend this film. This is the best blockbuster this year and has really given the kiss of life to the fairy tale genre, breathing new air into a this classic form of story telling. The director Rupert Sanders said in his speech before the film, that he wanted to create a film with heart, that he felt has been missing from some movies recently, and he really has delivered. It would have been easy for a new director to be overwhelmed by such a large budget, scale and special effects, but not once did he let it overshadow the story and the characters. Snow White says in the film :"You will not take me heart" which is exactly was Sanders seems to have said to Hollywood Blockbusters, as he has created a film with so much heart, that not even a poison apple could put it to sleep.
Snow White and The Huntsman is no poison apple (by gozar71)
Mirror Mirror on the wall how was Snow White and the Huntsman after all? This is definitely a must see for the summer if you love fantasy type movies in the vain of Lord of the Rings and Legend. Great scenes incorporating stunning action sequences, comedy and what you know of the story from your youth but without running over that same old ground until it is mud. Many new fresh takes on the classic tale are here for sure to keep you entertained for it's 2 hour duration while allowing you to escape into it's magical world. Charlize Theron is amazing as the evil queen and Chris <more>
Hemsworth does a bang up job as the Huntsman. The CG effects throughout the movie are very well done and add that little bit you need to a film like this. The PG 13 rating is also appropriate since the film has a very Dark overshadow and may not be the best for small children to view. With the 2012 Summer movie season already well on the way with blockbusters such as the Avengers and MIB III, Snow White and the Huntsman will fit in just fine and hold it's own for sure.
Modern take on a classic story, great but not perfect. (by workingclasshero)
All in all a very impressing take on this well known fairy tale. It's particular strong side is the visuals and the music. There are some stretches in the film where hardly anything is said, only images of the land and the haunting background music deliver the atmosphere and make everything seem very real. The FX match those of LoTR and Avatar, but they never get in the way of the experience, they only serve as a means to create the world the story plays in.The acting was hardly less impressive. Especially Charlize Theron makes this movie one to remember for a long time. Never ever have I <more>
seen a more frightening, more convincing evil queen. She managed to show a complete being, not just a cliché from a fairy tale. She embodies the queen with all her desires, her motives, her strengths and her weaknesses. Theron even manages to make you care for her, because you can see her as just a human being with a *lot* of issues. Despite the fact that Theron made everyone else look a bit pale in comparison, they delivered their characters as good as the story allowed them too. Some were given too little time to develop, like the dwarfs and the huntsman. I think a very modern aspect of the movie is that it emphasized the two strong female characters, and generally made woman run the whole show. Men on the other hand were only there to follow the lead of either Snow White or the Evil Queen. Of course this is part of the original tale, but as the recent "Mirror Mirror" showed it is not mandatory that this aspect is shown as the main theme of the story.Another thing I like very much about this take on the story is that the characters motives are understandable. It's not just "this happens and then that happens and then another thing", as is the sad case with most Hollywood movies today. The story unfolds on its own, you can feel the driving force of the events, one thing actually leads to another and most of the time it makes sense why people do what the do or say what they say.The only weaknesses I can find in Snow White and the Huntsman is that despite its considerable length, it feels at times rushed and incomplete, while other scenes especially the "emotional speeches" just feel stretched unnecessarily. The story could have easily filled two 2h-movies. Important characters are introduced and immediately play their part, without much development or getting-to-know-time. The ending left me and my girlfriend a bit unsatisfied. All the build-up ends rather quickly and left us wondering about many things. But this is criticizing on a high level. This is one of the best movies I've seen in a very long time. It's amazing what good screen writing, a none-clichéd music score and a few good actors can accomplish with a plot as well known as this one.