Friday 31 August 2012

Review: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Better titled The Evil Queen, the Huntsman, and What's-Her-Face. Charlize Theron steals the movie as the conniving, misandrist Ravenna, who revels in punishing men and looking at her own reflection. Sometimes both at the same time. Like her character in Young Adult, only empowered by black magic. Can't help but feel bad for the peasants who went to Medieval High with her.

Is this a trend for Theron? Will she play Elizabeth Bathory next? She's certainly enjoys playing the bad girl, and Bathory is one of the baddest.

Ostensible leading lady Kristen Stewart, who plays Snow White, fades into the scenery, hopelessly overshadowed by Theron's malicious queen bee. You tend to forget she's even in the movie.

Chris Hemsworth (The Huntsman) provides the requisite muscle bound heartthrob, caught between the two lovely ladies.

The film opens with the apporach of a mysterious phantom army, setting up high expectations. It then drops them like a granite block.

Everyone's favourite seven dwarves have little to do and are more of an afterthought. They don't appear until much later in the movie. Not hunky enough for the Tween audience. Too short, perhaps.

To keep the boy's attention, a second battle occurs at the film's climax. Special effects are deployed, blood is spilled, and What's-Her-Face goes mano a mano with Charlize Theron.

Good prevails and all is well in the kingdom, but by this point who really cares?

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