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Review & Round-Up: 'Snow White and The Huntsman' Wants To Be Everything It's Not

by Sophia Savage
May 31, 2012 4:15 PM
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Seattle Times: "In any reasonable Snow-White-vs.-the-Evil-Queen matchup, Kristen Stewart wouldn't stand a chance against Charlize Theron. I mean, really. There's Theron as the Queen, smiling in a way that would put frost on tomatoes, standing there with her regal bearing and fabulous feather-bedecked outfits and slightly contemptuous gaze (conveying "I might kill you, but I might be too bored. Let me decide"). And then there's, well, Bella Swan in a corset. It's not a fair fight, and I suspect the makers of 'Snow White and the Huntsman' know it, but apparently you can't mess with the endings of fairy tales,..[It] left me wishing that Queen Ravenna would head off on a motorcycle with Lisbeth Salander and raise some hell — now that would be a movie.

ThePlaylist: "When discussing how powerful males use women and then cast them aside when they reach a certain age, [Ravenna] might as well be describing Hollywood's hiring process,..[It] is often a visually gorgeous movie, at times genuinely jaw-dropping, but the rest of the film is totally drab,..It's a movie made for children that is often shockingly dark and violent, but at the same time probably too frivolous for adults."

Slant: "Much detail is lavished on the medieval setting, a mud-and-shit-everywhere nightmare that could have easily been imagined by the makers of Game of it destiny that truly empowers the girl or narrative convenience and expediency?...As feminist fantasy, the film is non-committal, and as a reimagining of the fairy tale, it's at best expensive-looking without seeming wantonly so."

Variety: "Handsome but hollow,..The cast does what it can -- especially Theron, whose frequent fits add 'drama' and 'raging' to her regal title -- but can't overcome a degree of flatness to the middle section or lack of consistent excitement at the end. Nor does Hemsworth's roguish charm come across as effortlessly as it did in 'Thor'...The movie and its villain share a common bond: Conjuring a touch of magic is one thing, but sustaining great helpings of it is something else entirely."


  • twk99 | June 5, 2012 3:15 AMReply

    Sophia Savage: After reading your headline I would encourage you not to judge others based on your own shortcomings.

  • Anonymous Studio Guy | June 2, 2012 7:53 AMReply

    Savage is right.

    This was a film made by money-men and someone who (initially) had a good idea, but no idea how to execute it beyond the storyboard.

    Multiple problems assault this movie: script, pace, narrative - and (this may seem a strange word) - integrity. Sold as a daring reinvention, actually it's little more than a game of 'dress up' with effects thrown in.

    We were deceived.

    Personally, I would like to see Stewart stop needing to be some sort of heroine in her movies and actually just be a character. Show us some of this real grit we're constantly told she has.

    Because from where I'm sitting, the hype over this girl is nowhere near the reality. And that's a shame because 'Into the Wild' showed distinct promise.

  • Sergio | May 31, 2012 11:34 PMReply

    I saw the film and it's truly awful. Badly acted (Therzon is WAY over the top) and horribly boring. Then you add the single worse example of miscasting I've seen is years. That of Stewart as Snow White. All 80 pounds of her who always looks and acts like she had a tooth pulled. The laughable part is when she turns into Joan of Arc for the big climax in her suit of amour that weighs more than she does. We're supposed to believe that this tiny girl with only one sullen expression on her face and no presence whatsoever is going to inspire men into battle? Yeah right

    I had a bet with some friends before we saw it on how many times she smiles in the film and I won. I said twice and the second time in the final scene is more of painful grimace than a smile actually

  • Ken | May 31, 2012 6:20 PMReply

    She has no talent. People who keep mentioning Into The Wild are clueless also. She was being herself once again in another movie. Playing with her hair, sighing, and doing that stupid breathing act where she huffs and puffs. That's not acting. That's just Kristen Stewart in another movie mommy and daddy demanded their little "princess" to be in.

  • encore | June 5, 2012 3:25 AM

    Well said Elizabeth!!

    You know Ken: I think it's funny when ppl like you proclaim Kristen has no talent and can't act. Many A list actors, directors, producers have publicly stated they want to work with her. The A list of professionals that have worked with her publicly praise her acting and work ethic. If she was as bad as you and the others claim no one would want to work with her and studios sure as hell wouldn't hire her...they would never waste money, especially in this economy, on someone who couldn't act! I seriously doubt you've seen Welcome to the Rileys, The Cake Eaters, Speak, The Runaways, or The Yellow Handkerchief since you only mentioned Into the Wild....her performances were fantastic in the these movies. You're certainly entitled to your opinion but base it on fact and not hate.

    Also you guys are waaaaay too serious about a movie that is supposed to fun and entertaining and was never meant to be in the running for an Oscar. Relax, enjoy and stop with the over analyzing!

  • Kay | June 1, 2012 9:09 PM

    What Elizabeth says. Utter BS.

  • Elizabeth | May 31, 2012 8:17 PM

    The charge of nepotism is bullcrap. Her parents are crew. They aren't big time producers or directors. They work in the industry but they don't have the kind of pull where they can DEMAND for roles for their children. If they had as much pull as some commenters like to imagine, then it wouldn't have taken as long as it did for K-11 to be financed.

    Since you want to promote the above BS, I won't even address the other BS of this comment.

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