Sunday, 29 December 2013

FILM: Snow White and the Huntsman (5/10)

Why did I watch it?
I remember seeing the trailer for this dark take on the fairy tale and thinking it had some potential, especially in the special effects department.

What's it all about?
The evil Ravenna (Charlize Theron) enchants her way into the King's life after the Queen dies unexpectedly. After murdering the King on their wedding night, Ravenna locks 
Princess Snow White (Kristen Stewart) away in the castle dungeons for years and pillages the land to maintain her youth. After Snow White escapes Ravenna bribes a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track her down in the The Dark Forest.

The Good:
  • Strong special effects
  • Charlize Theron smashes everyone else out of the park as Ravenna
  • Great cast for the seven dwarves, Ray Livingstone, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Eddie Marsan etc.
The Bad:
  • The huntsman angle didn't really add too much value to the original story for me
  • Kristen Stewart doesn't come out of this too well and made any tiny desire I may have ever had of watching anything Twilight related completely disappear.
  • Chris Hemsworth's Scottish accent - why?
  • Epic fantasy story, sweeping landscape shots, dwarves and trolls and evil villains, its all a bit Tolkien, but with none of the Peter Jackson magic. 
  • The mirror thinking Stewart is better looking than Theron!
'Snow White is fairer?! Go home, you're drunk.'
Favourite line:
'If he starts whistling, I'll smash his face in' - Quert

Stand-out moment:
Charlize Theron's slo-motion evil rise from her milk bath

Like the film? Watch: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit
Like the acting? Watch: Twilight

What my wife would say: Watched it, found it quite boring.

What the world thinks:
Rotten Tomatoes - 47%
Metacritic - 57/100
LAMB Score - 2.95
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