Famed is thy beauty, Majesty. But hold, a lovely maid I see. Rags cannot hide her gentle grace. Alas, she is more fair than thee.
Directed by: Rupert Sanders.
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, and Chris Hemsworth
Once, there was a queen who lived in a castle with grand beaut and of pure heart. On a magical day, she wished for a child whose skin was white as snow, and hair black as night. Written in stone, she was born and named Snow White. The whole kingdom and far beyond its edges loved the little princess destined to be queen. Fate took action, and took the young girls mother away, saddening the king and his kingdom.
In short, that is the basic and most known introduction to the famous Snow White by the Brothers Grimm. Various interpretations have entered the eyes of many, and only a select few have done it right. What does it mean for this latest attempt at the fairy tale? Put simply: Not bad. Since Mirror Mirror wasn't the fairest of them all, it takes the last place, where Snow White and the Huntsman take's second behind Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Nevertheless, it's a good effort directorial debut from Rupert Sanders, but it could have been a bit better.
Honestly, and some would agree, the closest to the legend of Snow White I've come to know is all in part by Disney's classic adaptation. Maybe I'll read it someday to my kids. Now, what we have here is a reinvention of classic story telling in a quite beautiful setting. Where it fails is the pacing of the screenplay to get to the point of all three acts. Sometimes the dialogue was almost inaudible, where a few times I had to reduce myself to practice lip reading. Most of the emotions emitted by Theron had me confused at times, but after deep examination, the result became obvious after, when it should have been before. Through some moment, some scenes would have had a better shot ending up in the special features than the final product. This closes the flaws.
Where the movie succeeds greatly first, is by its imagination. Two lands are crossed: the Dark Forest and the Land of the Fairies or "Sanctuary". The demons from hell in the at the former are nothing short of impeccable, whose appearance surface only at a psychological level, which gives great explanation as to why no one ever comes back. Far beyond the darkness, away from the trolls, lie the pure and innocent dream worlds of the fairies. What makes fantasy films what they are today are a group of people with breathtaking imagination. We get an eye full beauty that can remind viewers of the forest from Fantasia 2000. As far as costumes go, we get some pretty modern classical attire fro our actors that make the Huntsman, the dark Queen and Snow White. The infamous mirror on the wall will remind you of Terminator: Judgment Day though it's purpose made clear as plastic.
Now, for those of you ingrates who made it a habit to complain about Stewart being fairer than Theron need to be silenced.Realistically, yes, Theron's beauty out does Kristen's, but, there's a reason why the tagline "destined to surpass" exists. Besides, both actresses are beautiful in their own right. Charlize Theron delivers the mad queen with trademark acting, mixing anger, pain, love, and sadness with great balance. Though her acting triumphs greatly, Kristen Stewart as Snow White is no less than average if not a tad bit better than her past work. Hemsworth as the Huntsman is fresh being heroic drunk-of-mead and high on battle. Another flaw was expectations. Sure, the obvious plot is Snow White escaping and thus returning to reclaim her kingdom, but I half expected the creators to push the envelope further and change the outcome. Alas, the movie does present very dark tones and scenes that impress.
Overall, the pacing and story telling were the faulty gears to this construct, yet predominantly saved by its cast, cinematography, settings and eye for imagination.
Written by: Bawnian©-Dexeus.