Film Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

June 24, 2012 § 5 Comments

Snow White has gotten a makeover.

Instead of the doe-eyed, singing Disney creation from our childhoods, director Rupert Sanders has turned her into a butt-kicking warrior in his latest movie, Snow White and the Huntsman.

The storyline more or less follows the traditional fairy tale: evil Queen, obsessed with being the “fairest of them all” (played superbly by Charlize Theron), sets out to destroy Snow White (Kristen Stewart) by setting a Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) after her.

But while the Disney original is all sweetness and ‘true love conquering all’ this re-telling is much more grown-up and significantly darker.

The scene when Snow White runs into the Dark Forest is definitely disturbing with dark figures emerging from the shadows and branches turning into snakes. If you are of a jumpy disposition watching alone is not advised.

While the storyline does drag on a bit, with two hours seeming a little excessive, the stunning cinematography and gorgeous costumes help to pull your interest along.

Particularly beautiful is the area known as ‘sanctuary’ a sort-of safe haven for Snow White, the Huntsman and the dwarves (yes, the dwarves are there but not quite as comical as you’ll remember them).

Lush, green and filled with freakiest looking fairies cinema has ever seen, the place is a delight to look upon. The scene where a phantom army smashes into a thousand pieces is another piece of cinematic brilliance.

The costumes for Queen Ravenna, created by Academy Awarding-winning costume designer Colleen Atwood, are divine. Intricate (one of the dresses was adorned with hundreds of beetle wings), and elaborate, they appear more as pieces of art than mere costumes.

So for a twisted, more sinister version of a beloved fairy tale, where the princess wears chain-mail and welds a sword, get yourself down to your nearest cinema and watch Snow White and the Huntsman.

Originally posted on The Bowler Hat

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