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Snow White And The Huntsman

A 2012 film directed by Rupert Sanders starring Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron

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  • May 31, 2012


Written by Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini

Directed by Rupert Sanders

Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron


Ravenna: I feel that you and I are bound.


The Grimm fairy tale best known as “Snow White” dates back to the beginning of the 19th century. It is a cautionary tale of sorts to young women everywhere that beauty is only skin deep and that true beauty, the kind that either commands respect and admiration or say the attention of a handsome prince, is to only be found on the inside. On many levels, it not only warns the reader but rather sets up the expectation that one day our prince will come and make all of our woes disappear. It is a timeless tale but it contains elements that don’t necessarily translate to today’s contemporary princess. Of course, minor issues like these would never deter Hollywood from trying to bleed it dry. And while you can put Snow White in pants, she still needs to be kissed by a prince at some point.


The trick then becomes how to modernize Snow White for today’s audience while not losing the story’s key factors. SNOW WHITE & THE HUNSTMAN tries to do so by keeping the fable set during the period (which is done masterfully) but by making it into an epic battle between the two fairest women in the land, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) and her evil stepmother and Queen, Ravenna (Charlize Theron). Their beauty is supposedly unmatched - and I say unmatched because you can never convince me that Stewart could ever look better than Theron, even on Stewart’s best day and Theron’s worst - but Snow White’s is internal and Ravenna’s is merely on the surface. Yes, they ride horses and wear armor and wield swords but beauty is each their greatest weapon. First time director, Rupert Sanders, strives to give the fairy tale a realistic edge visually but he fails to make these women into real people. Perhaps it is his lack of filmmaking experience or perhaps it is a lack of understanding when it comes to women.


SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN spends most of its time with its title characters (Chris Hemsworth plays the hunstman) as they journey aimlessly through the land to reunite Snow White with her former subjects in exile. They barely speak (which in Stewart’s case is always best) but yet this is their love story. The film is only ever truly interesting when Theron is on screen. She is the only true evil queen (sorry, Julia!) and her obsession with beauty fuels her every move. She fears becoming old and being replaced by youth, a very real plight for many women today, especially actresses, and one that gives her character an edge I never saw in her before. This goes nowhere though and we are only left waiting for Stewart’s inner beauty to shine through and lead the people to victory. Stewart, with all her youthful vigor, never allows us to see what’s inside, leaving us with exactly the same beauty she is supposed to be fighting against. Sadly, this makes the movie itself only pretty on the outside too.

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June 12, 2012
Great review, Stewart is why I haven't seen this.
June 17, 2012
She brings nothing to anything that I've seen. She was passable in Adventureland and basically is perfect for the Twilight series.
June 18, 2012
Adventureland was the only thing I liked her in as well, never really gave the Twilight films a watch.
June 01, 2012
I agree with you on everything you mentioned about Kristen Stewart......LOL! When I first saw the previews of this I got really excited to see Charlize Theron, but sadly was disappointed to see Stewart in it; not quite sure how the hell she made it as an actress. I would still like to see this on the big screen, but is on the bottom of my "to see" list. Nice review!!
June 17, 2012
She made it because she is Bella. She does that well because it demands the crap she can provide and it has earned her legions of fans. It's disturbing actually. The stupid Twilight spoof movie, Vampires Suck, makes perfect fun of her. Almost makes the whole thing worth seeing.
June 18, 2012
LOL! Yep, it is disturbing!!
May 31, 2012
I know the original story by the Grimms was insanely dark and in many ways, it almost was a horror story. I think I may just see this one anyway. Nice one, Joseph!
June 17, 2012
Visually, this film is incredible, even though it tries too hard at times. The true star is Theron, through and through.
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review by . June 02, 2012
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Too Light to be Dark Fantasy Epic and Too Dark to be a Light Fairy Tale
The original tale of “Snow White” was written in Germany back in 1812. Since then, the story has been re-interpreted and variations of its premise had been presented. The most famous version of them may be the one written by the Grimm brothers and this is where “Snow White and the Huntsman” had been loosely based. Directed by Rupert Sanders, this 2012 movie features the same devices that we have become fond of in Disney’s creation (I.e. poisoned apple, magical mirror, …
review by . June 08, 2012
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Overall, Snow White is an entertaining two hours, but I can't oooh and ahhh without some ughs. This flick boasts some sweet and creepy special effects like mysterious black shards that obey an evil queen and a magnificent black cloak. I jumped with surprise more than once and shuddered a bit, too, as the effects often came out of nowhere. The overall feel of the film is dark. The story is well told with some fascinating additions to/and twists on the classic tale. Plenty of battle scenes (fast, …
review by . June 02, 2012
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Star Rating:         Snow White and the Huntsman has been released on the heels of Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror, the light-hearted, family-friendly, comedic take on the Snow White legend as told by the Brothers Grimm. Although they draw inspiration from the same source, you would be doing both films a disservice by trying to compare them. Let them stand on their own, and you may find that both have something to offer. Having said that, my reaction to this new …
review by . May 31, 2012
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'Snow White And The Huntsman' Won't Leave You Happily Ever After (Video)
       By Joan Alperin Schwartz    Okay folks, 'Snow White' is back and this time, she's mad as hell and ready to kick some butt.      First off, I must ask...Did we really need two films this year about Miss White? Personally, I think one was too many.      In any case, 'Snow White And The Huntsman' directed by Rupert Sanders, stars Kristen Stewart as Snow, Charlize Theron, as the super …
review by . May 31, 2012
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This will be the second of the Snow White movies to come out this year.  While Mirror Mirror was considerably more campy and fun Snow White and the Huntsman takes a considerably darker tone to the story.  With that in mind this will not be a movie for young children to go see, but may be a nice lesson in female empowerment for the young ladies in the audience.  While it takes a while to get there and takes a long look around at all the visuals that surround …
Quick Tip by . September 10, 2012
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Raw and dark, for a fairy tale, that is. Nonetheless, it's entertaining, possibly because one just wonders how it'll turn out. No surprises here though...
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Hello Lunchers. I am a thirty-something guy making his way in Toronto. I am a banker by day and a film critic the rest of the time. Sensitive, sharp and sarcastic are just a few words that start with … more
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In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman (Hemsworth) ordered to take Snow White (Stewart) into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen (Theron).
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Director: Rupert Sanders
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Studio: Universal Studios
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