Snow White and the Huntsman Review
After seeing the trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman, I was eager to go out and see it! It helped that I’m a Chris Hemsworth groupie…I had debated whether or not it was worth seeing because I was worried about Kristen Stewart’s potential and how on Earth they were going to make her prettier and more desirable than Charlize Theron. Seeing an opportunity to review it for y’all, I jumped at the excuse to go see it, even if it meant seeing it alone.
Now, where to start?! My first impression as the movie began was only one word: eerie. That impression continued through many parts of the movie. The magic mirror in particular was another decidedly eerie element. The way it came off the wall and stood there draped in gold was oh so weird.
However, that’s not even the weirdest part. The dark forest is creeptastic, and I think there were pools of sludge that poofed up clouds of LSD because when inhaled, the victim started getting wicked hallucinations. In contrast though, the woods that the dwarves lead her and the huntsman into are so peaceful and bright and whimsical.
There’s a lot of magic in the world created, and yeah that’s to be expected, but it still requires a great deal of “suspension of disbelief”. I’m usually pretty good at that, but there were times that I had trouble during this particular 2 hours. Maybe it’s just that Kristen is so branded as Bella and that character that it’s hard to really grasp her as any other role, but it just wasn’t consistently plausible. It doesn’t help that there are similarities in that she’s pretty helpless for most of the movie, annoyingly so!
Here’s a pretty basic rundown of my take on all the characters and beasties: The Queen was extremely beautiful, even as psychotic as she was; the dwarves were hilarious and probably one of my favorite elements in the movie; the troll is boss, before being reduced to nothing more than an angry puppy; the fairies were adorable and very pixie-like in appearance; Snow White is fairly worthless and whiny until the very end (and I have to admit KS does step up and actually give a decent speech, and occasionally sheds tears, holy crap!); and the huntsman (my CH =D) is pretty badass and sexy, even when covered in mud, and OMG the accent…
Sure there were little things that bugged the crap out of me, such as the queen’s frequent screaming, the fact that Snow’s costume kept coming off her shoulders occasionally when it’s obvious there’s no reason it should (except to take an opportunity to show a little gratuitous skin on her bare shoulders), the battle sequences seeming a little frantic, and the fact that the huntsman is old enough to have been married and widowed while Snow White JUST turned 18 (talk about barely legal…just sayin’), but overall it’s really not a bad movie. I’m not saying it’s in my favorites, but I can’t call it bad. For one, I’m a music person, and I fully believe that music can make or break a movie (such as the awful music in Watchmen *shudder*). SW&tH had great music! I ran home and got the soundtrack. I suppose it’s even more important to note that the cinematography in this movie is magnificent. The makeup, the special effects, it was just superb.
I am cutting back on my movie owning, but this one definitely sticks out in my mind enough for me to debate getting it when it releases to DVD. And on that note, I shall simply leave you with a little piece of yum…damn he can protect me any day!
I’m a stay home wife working on writing a book (or three). I have a passion for reading, especially romances, so I always have a book or e-reader with me. When I’m not working on writing my own books, I’m writing reviews on many of the books I read, and I do so for several blogs. I got started from a friend’s nudge in the right direction as a way to improve my writing, find new books, and meet people. It’s worked wonders on all fronts! Anyway, the bottom line about me is that I have a wicked sweet tooth, an obsession with books in general, a music addiction, and a dream to join the ranks of published authors. -Buffy Kennedy