Snow White and the Huntsman [2012] Movie Review Recommendation

Snow White and the Huntsman [2012]

Snow White and the Huntsman is the second movie based on the novel by Brothers Grimm that came out this year. While Mirror Mirror was more of a fairy tale, Snow White has a more darker and almost horror-like vibe. Then again, it also has Kristen Stewart. With her jaw still half open from Twilight (or maybe its because of something else…) she is incapable of portraying anything other than a confused and frightened teenager. She totally ruined the movie for me, luckily old faithful Charlize was present to fix this. She totally dominated the movie as the evil queen, and her performance is the thing to admire here. Chris Hemsworth, the most popular actor nowadays gives his usual new Bruce Willis performance alongside a band of very experienced dwarfs.

A very strange decision by the director not to use actual dwarfs for this movie, but hire people who are quite tall and then shrink them using CGI and camera tricks. Although it caused some controversy, it proved to be a good decision since this way dwarfs are played by some of the Britain’s best actors starting with Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins. Their wrinkled faces and experienced acting added to that gloomy mood of the movie, while the magnificent sets and stunning CGI completed it. Movie looks and feels very good, and it is one of the rare conversions that took the story in a different direction and got away with it. At this time I must complain again that without Kristen this would be a classic, I mean just look at the list of considered actresses for her role: Dakota Fanning, Saoirse Ronan, Riley Keough, Alicia Vikander, Bella Heathcote, Emily Browning, Lily Collins and Felicity Jones. Since Selena Gomez was also considered for the role of Snow White, I guess we got off lightly…

The story you all know so I won’t bother you with details, just play the movie and enjoy the ride…

Director: Rupert Sanders

Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost

Fun Facts: Director Rupert Sanders’ insistence on realism in scale meant minimal miniature model work. The huge castle in the enchanted forest, for example, took 6 months to construct. The gigantic trebuchet, consisting of a metal skeleton interior and wooden exterior, weighed 6.5 tonnes.


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