Snow White and the Huntsman Review by Buffy Kennedy

Snow White and the Huntsman Review

by Buffy Kennedy

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

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by Buffy Kennedy

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

by Buffy Kennedy

I’m really excited about this because I get to talk about one of my favorite movie series, The Lord of the Rings!  I’m only going to discuss the first installment, The Fellowship of the Ring, and while it’s not my favorite in the trilogy, it is still mucho importante because it’s where everything started (not counting The Hobbit, which I know we’re all excited for this December!).

In this first chapter of the trilogy, we get a history lesson that leads up to the primary conflict that will change the lives of the main characters forever.  There were many rings of power created, but there was one created to rule over all of them, and it would do so with cruelty, torment, devastation, and utter misery.  Its rule would change the very face of the earth.  This ring falls into the hands of a hobbit, and he must hide and protect it as he seeks its destruction with the help of several others, including 3 of his kinsmen.  Loyalty, betrayal, loss, and the loneliness that comes with the burden of responsibility are among the experiences that lie ahead for Frodo and his companions, making for a spectacular beginning to a truly epic adventure.

We’re introduced to a multitude of races that include men, a halfling breed called hobbits, dwarves, and elves.  Then you have the villainous breeds of orcs, goblins, and uruk-hai.  There are also a few others for both sides, as well as some random beasties, but they appear in later movies for the most part, so I’ll ignore them at this juncture.  Just for this post though, we’re going to mostly ignore everyone anyway, and focus on the elves, because they’re fun, majestic, and just plain pretty.

From other lore, we know that elves are generally immortal, magical, craftsmen, heart-stoppingly beautiful, and have such heightened senses that they’re precise and nearly infallible.  In the film we’re forced to rely largely on what we’re shown to discern different traits about the elves, as there’s little exposition about the race itself as a whole.  Sure in the beginning we’re given a long speech on the history of the rings of power and the first war with Sauron, and in that speech we’re told that the elves are the oldest and wisest.  However, you can also tell those things from the way they speak and present themselves.  They talk of times gone by which implies they’re very old, and they give council to others that can change the course of lives implying their wisdom.  You can tell their craftsmanship in the elite swords they create for the king and the weapons they craft for themselves.

Their senses, abilities, and power are best exemplified in scenes such as the mountain pass when Legolas walks atop the snow as if light as a feather, any battle scene where Legolas shoots his bow and never misses, and one of my personal favorites, the scene where Arwen gets across the river onto her lands with a fading Frodo and calls upon the power of her people to come raging to their rescue and protect them from the wraiths hot on their heels.  Perhaps the most important detail about elves is how beautiful they ought to be.  Their homes show their splendor, but it’s really the people themselves that are the kicker.  Orlando Bloom as an elf might just be the only way I like him, and thankfully I now associate Hugo Weaving with LotR instead of the Matrix whenever I see him.  They are both attractive and Hugo Weaving embodies the regal stature of Lord Elrond quite nicely.

Naturally though, it’s the females that drive this point home.  In my honest opinion, Liv Tyler is one of the most beautiful women on the planet, and Cate Blanchett ranks right up there too.  Add the long flowy costumes, the other-worldly elven glow, and they represent the resplendence associated with elves exquisitely.

On the flip side, it is from elves that the orcs evolved.  I believe I’d have to read The Silmarillion (the story of the First Age of Middle Earth) to see how such an ugly and twisted creature could come from such beauty and intellect.  It is the orcs that wage Sauron’s war, so it’s the orcs that we see most in the battle sequences.  You definitely never have to wonder who your bad guys are, for the orcs are the stuff of children’s nightmares.  I suppose there are two sides to every race, so it would stand to reason that the orcs and elves are mirror images and flip sides to the same coin.  For every gorgeous bit the elves harbor, the orcs embrace asymmetry, filth, and grim horror.

Overall the elves play a large part in the movie, as well as the two sequels, and if you never knew anything about them or didn’t like them prior to seeing it, you will know quite a bit and fall in love with them by the end, if for no other reason than the timeless majestic atmosphere that surrounds them.  The movie as a whole will capture your imagination and leave you wanting to take a day and just have a Lord of the Rings marathon (which by the way requires approximately 12 hours with no long breaks if you’re watching the extended versions…not that I’ve ever done that or anything…repeatedly…ok so I do this at least twice a year actually).

I will close this elven ramble with a few random notes.  The cinematography is second to none, and equaled by few (despite the few editing errors you find in any movie – or book for that matter), and the scenery (filmed in New Zealand) is absolutely stunning across all three films.  The costumes and casting were spot on as I don’t see the characters as actors in a role, but as the characters like they’re real people, and I can’t imagine any other actors in place of any of those characters.  While I enjoyed Ian McKellan as Magneto in X-Men, I will forever see him as Gandalf.  The same can be said for Orlando Bloom as Legolas, Sean Bean (*spoiler alert* this is one of the MANY films in which he dies, but hey, he dies valiantly!) as Boromir and Viggo Mortensen as Aragorn.  Finally, I must admit that while I love the elves, and the way in which they were portrayed throughout the movie and the entire trilogy, my heart belongs to Aragorn as my biggest reason for loving the movies.  My heart breaks for them every time I watch them walk their separate paths, but to me, he and Arwen make a perfect couple!


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