This isn't your momma's Snow White, so sit the little tykes in front of
the TV and DVD player because, if you take them to this Snow White,
they may have a stroke.
In a tale more Brothers Grimm than Walt Disney, Kristen Stewart stars
as Snow White - an imprisoned princess who has seen her mother (The
Queen) pass away, and her father (The King) become instantly captivated
with a stunningly beautiful and youthful lost soul, Ravenna (Charlize
Theron). Daddy immediately marries Ravenna, but, on their wedding
night, she takes over control of the kingdom and puts Snow White into
cell unbefitting of a princess (this is why stepmothers get a bad rap).
As you probably already know, according to her magical mirror on the
wall, Ravenna is considered the fairest of them all (and I concur, she
IS Charlize Theron after all), but she maintains her youth, beauty and
power by stealing it from others, and, since Snow White is some sort of
pure of heart wonder, stealing her youth, beauty and power will make
Ravenna immortal (this kind of thing happens all around Hollywood, how
do you think Julia Roberts still looks the way she does after all of
Of course, Snow White escapes, so Ravenna has hired The Hunstman (Chris
Hemsworth) to search for the deposed princess as she makes her way
through the Dark Forrest.
Sanders makes Snow
White and The Huntman into a
visually stunning movie (almost as visually stunning as Charlize
Theron), but the movie would have benefited from a better script with
more for Snow White to do (and a Snow White with a bit more oomph in
As it is structured, Snow
White and The Huntsman puts Snow
White on a journey to reclaim her father's kingdom, and it is a great
device to have her meet the various people who populate this fairy tale
land. However, writers Evan Daugherty. John Lee Hancock and Hossein
Amini never flesh it all out (or that stuff was cut from the movie).
Snow White goes from place to place, but we get very little explanation
or showcasing of how she interacts with most of the people she meets
along the way. Sure, we see glimpses, but very little depth to justify
how she supposedly wins over the masses just by looking pretty and
helping out a bit around the forest.
Plus, it's kind of hard to see Theron acting circles around everyone
else on screen in what should be more of an ensemble piece. Some may
find her portrayal of Ravenna too campy, but without her, this movie
would be a loss. Stewart feels too monotone in her portrayal of Snow
White, always delivering some slacker lethargy instead of fire and
brimstone, or hot passion. Theron commands the screen, while Stewart
always seems to be wishing she was hiding behind a tree (or enjoying
some of those funky mushrooms you find in the Dark Forest).
And, I can't say enough about Theron. We know she is a great actress,
but she has it all on display in Snow
White and The Huntsman. Her
moments of rage are frightening. Her devilish evil is chilling. Her
selfishness and self-centeredness can only be exceeded by a Hollywood
Sanders, in his first turn as director, makes a hauntingly beautiful
and gothic looking movie, but he needs to thank Theron profusely for
saving it from being as pretty and vacant as Paris Hilton.
White and The Huntsman is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence
and action, and brief sensuality.