Snow White & the Huntsman (Extended Edition)
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From the Producer of Alice in Wonderland comes a special Extended Edition of the visionary movie that turned a legendary tale into an action-adventure epic. The evil Queen Ravenna (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron) will rule forever if she can take the life of Snow White (Kristen Stewart), so she dispatches the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track her down. But the wicked ruler never imagined that the Huntsman would train the girl to become a brave warrior, skilled in the art of war. Filled with intense battles and spectacular visual effects that “shouldn’t be missed” – Shawn Edwards, Fox-TV, Snow White & the Huntsman - Extended Edition includes more thrilling action not seen in theaters.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 211
- Fresh: 101
- Rotten: 110
- Average Rating: 5.6/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Stunningly shot and inconsistently acted and written, Snow White has enough visual fireworks to keep the film afloat, even if star Kristen Stewart can't get out of Twilight mode.
Rotten: A slow, boring film that has no charm and is highlighted only by a handful of special effects and Charlize Theron's truly evil queen.
Rotten: Is this movie trying to be "Excalibur" or "My Little Pony"?
Fresh: "Snow White and the Huntsman," a solemn but mostly savvy rewrite, is a welcome upgrade.
A FAIRY TALE ADAPTATION THAT (MOSTLY) GETS IT RIGHT
After the disappointingly bland reception of "Mirror Mirror", it would be interesting to see how director Rupert Sanders would round out the battle of the 2012 Snow White film adaptations. From one view of the trailer, "Snow White and the Huntsman" seemed like a vastly superior movie in nearly every way. The darker tone, the tension-filled narrative, the beautiful cinematography, nearly everything just felt right about it. So a few friends and I decided to see the movie on opening weekend, hoping to watch an action-packed, marvelously crafted fantasy-adventure of near epic proportions. And in the end, we weren't disappointed. Aside from the occasional missteps here and there, "Huntsman" actually holds up surprisingly well for the most part. Let's start out with the acting, which is sort of a mixed bag. At the top, you have Charlize Theron as the Queen. Easily the best actor in the entire film, she handles her evil character with remarkable grace and complete authenticity, presenting one of the most convincing and intimidating portrayals of any villain in modern cinema. In the middle of the acting scale, there's Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman, who makes for a genuinely entertaining addition to the cast, and some of the seven dwarfs (those played by Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, and Nick Frost). That pretty much only leaves Kristen Stewart at the very bottom of the heap, and unfortunately, she ends up dragging most of the cast down with her. Her overwhelmingly solemn portrayal of Snow White is so clunky and unconvincing, it makes Lily Collins' effort look nearly Oscar-worthy by comparison. Not to mention the majority of her terribly written dialogue can be painful to sit through. But beyond that one regrettable casting choice, there's still a lot more worth praising about this adaptation. The epic score by James Newton Howard is consistently thrilling and only rarely stops to take a breath. The imagery is even more of an incredible experience, from the gorgeous set designs of the castle to the brilliant animation of the mythical creatures that inhabit the Dark Forest. As for the script, it's mostly well-balanced enough to hold up on its own, but it can still be a bit confusing to follow at times. Another slight problem is the pacing, which tends to skip over developing characters and patching up plot holes in favor of nonstop fantasy action. But other than that, I can't really think of any issues worth noting. On its own, "Snow White and the Huntsman" stands out as an enchantingly dark take on the classic Grimm Brothers tale, with only a few flaws along the way. The visuals are delightful, the music is magnificent, and Theron's performance as the Queen is simply magnetic. Overall, it's a great flick to watch if you love fairy tales with a mature edge. I suggest renting it at least one time.
A Gaping Black Hole of Talent
I was coerced into seeing Snow White and the Huntsman. I've never seen Kristen Stewart act before. After that, I'm still not convinced I ever have. It's true what the people say, she does look stoned all the time.
The film itself has an excellent design aesthetic, not to mention the most detailed backstory on the wicked queen that I have ever seen, but even though it tries to be a grim and gritty fairy tale, the story seems to hinge entirely on the idea that this girl is so very pretty that everyone wants a piece of her. In a world where tyranny reigned, men were turning into dishonest parasites and the laws of nature itself were turning sour, the only thing that can save the day is someone really, really nice. Granted, Snow White's overwhelming purity was a central theme of the original story if I remember correctly, but it seems like they wasted a lot of effort trying to make her seem more empowered.
Maybe if they gave the role of Snow White to a real actress, they would have succeeded.
At least that way the rest of the cast could have had more time to focus on developing their own characters rather than pathetically swooning over her. While Charlize Theron easily gains sympathy for Queen Ravena through her own acting, Stewart is so incredibly bland that it takes the entire supporting cast to build up her characterization secondhand, through obvious crushing, kissing up, idle talk, and dumbfounded worship. It was like reading fan fiction, everyone can't help but talk about the heroine and all her allegedly divine innocence and purity and whatever and stuff. I would have thought having the likes of Nick Frost as a dwarf would be entertaining, but when I was watching I barely noticed it was even him. It's pretty unusual in Hollywood to hire a comedic actor and not give him any funny lines. There's a fair amount of top notch talent in this film that lays itself on the line to keep its vacant heroine afloat. It's depressing to listen to a blind Bob Hoskins sound so enamored over a girl who always looks a little sick. Besides, he's blind, what difference would it make to him how pretty she was? No wonder those dwarves lost top billing to the Huntsman
As for the titular Huntsman [fresh off the Avengers as the Mighty Thor], Chris Hemsworth's action star power easily overshadows the brooding and ineffectual prince charming, so much so that he gets to steal the famous kiss that wakes her up. Even so, like everyone who isn't played by Theron, he's more of a set piece than a character. While Snow White and Queen Ravena's stories are laid out in dramatic flashbacks, the story of the Huntsman and his dead wife is only mentioned offhandedly. Odd that he gets so little attention when he's theoretically been promoted to male lead. He's cool when he's hacking his enemies to pieces, but I've got no feel for his character.
The film was violent enough that I wasn't bored, but I can't think of anything good to say about it, except that I'm glad I didn't have to buy the ticket. To make sure the night wasn't a total loss, I rolled over to watch Men In Black 3 in the theater next door.
Don't waste your time or your money. Kristen Stewart is wrongly cast in the role of Snow White not just for the obvious but that her acting skills need to be tweaked. The entire movie all you saw from her was: wonder, awe and fear. Don't get me wrong, Charlize Theron is an amazing actress but I could have went without the lengthy screaming sessions that could have been considered ear torture. The movie sent the wrong message, "Snow White's beauty is her weapon." That's a ridiculous message as it takes more than physical beauty to defeat evil.
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2012
- © 2012 Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.