Snow White and the Huntsman DVD|
In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her.from£2.69 | RRP:
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In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman Kristen Stewart (Twilight) plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth Thor) who was dispatched to kill her Sam Claflin (Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides) joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White beauty and power The breathtaking new vision of the legendary tale is from Joe Roth the producer of Alice in Wonderland producer Sam Mercer (The Sixth Sense) and acclaimed commercial director and state-of-the-art visualist Rupert Sanders
Kristen Stewart stars in this fantasy action-adventure based on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. When the evil queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White (Stewart), has surpassed her as the fairest in the land and will eventually become ruler of the kingdom, she recruits a huntsman, Eric (Chris Hemsworth), to take Snow White into the woods and kill her. The Magic Mirror (Christopher Obi) has assured Ravenna that if she eats Snow White's heart, she will live and reign forever. But the Huntsman takes pity on the girl, and instead of killing her he takes her under his wing and begins to teach her the arts of war. With the help of the Huntsman, seven dwarves and her handsome young suitor, Prince William (Sam Claflin), Snow White sets out to vanquish the Evil Queen and put an end to her tyrannical rule.
Average Rating for Snow White and the Huntsman - 4 out of 5
(based on 2 user reviews)
Snow White and the HuntsmanNK66
This wasnt quite what I expected. Stewart is pretty good as SW- the accent was quite impressive. Not quite so covinced with Chris Hemsworths attempt at Scottish (via South Africa!) why did he have to be scottish? Any way bit a of a motly bunch the dwarves- REALLY weird seeing the likes of McShane & Winstone et al playing dwarves. I can begin to understand why Warwick Davis and others were upset.
Charlize Theron was spot on as the queen and gave a great performance. Recommended viewing
Snow White and the HuntsmanKashif Ahmed
The better of the two Snow White movies released in 2012, but both Tarsem Singh's helium light comedy 'Mirror Mirror' and Rupert Sander's dark and brooding 'Snow White and the Huntsman' have something in common; in that the evil queen is 'fairer' and more interesting a character than Snow White. Whether it's Julia Roberts' manicured-to-within-an-inch-of-her-life regent in 'Mirror Mirror' or Charlize Theron's highly strung, shape-shifting sorceress Ravenna in this, film-makers seem to have cottoned onto the fact that getting a good villainess is the way to liven up an otherwise run-of-the-mill movie.
Now 'Snow White and the Huntsman' may go onto be remembered for its behind the scenes shenanigans than for what's actually on-screen, which is a shame, because first time director Rupert Sanders takes a good, revisionist stab at the old tale; in which Snow White (Kirsten Stewart) escapes the clutches of her wicked stepmother Queen Ravenna (Theron) only to be protected by the huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) ordered to capture her.
Kirsten Stewart is better than usual and, for once, doesn't sound like she's struggling to read her lines off a cue card, whereas Chris Hemsworth makes for a suitably strapping hero who, for reasons unknown, plays the huntsman with an unconvincing Scottish accent. And though it's a good gimmick to see actors like Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone et all shrunk down as The Seven Dwarves, I'm not entirely convinced that its fair, after all, dwarf actors only have a limited set of staple roles so its only right that they get some priority in the casting process, and if Mirror Mirror could find real dwarves, there's no reason why Snow White and the Huntsman couldn't. The cast are all on form throughout, but its Charlize Theron who holds the film together; her insane and shouty performance just manages to stay on the right side of camp. And though she's not quite as glamorous as Gudrun Landgrebe in Ludvik Raza's 1992 version, Queen Raveena certainly tries; what with her (ridiculously over-directed) milk bath scene, scheming out loud in the castle and making an impassioned case for her right to suck the life out of her kingdom, Theron cranks up the tyranny and cuts loose with one of her best, most memorable performances in a long time. In fact, she's so good that I almost forgot Sigourney Weaver's hugely underrated turn as the evil queen, in the generally underrated 'Snow White: A Tale of Terror'.
The CGI is all top drawer work by companies like 'Rhythm & Hues', 'Legacy', 'Baseblack', 'Bluebolt' and many others: there's a giant Troll, phantom armies, the old bird-to-woman metamorphosis, a brilliantly realized Enchanted Forest, Sprites and all manner of fantasy elements woven into a vast landscape fraught with peril and wrecked by conflict. Japanese anime fans will notice narrative and aesthetic similarities with Tsuneo Ninomiya and Jinzo Toriumi's classic anime 'The Legend of Snow White' not to mention the white stag in the Enchanted forest, borrowed from Hayao Miyazaki's 'Princess Monoke'.
I've given this film an extra star because director Rupert Saunders has really made an effort to shoot some visually arresting scenes, and though he's borrowed heavily from the Japanese masters as well as taking ideas from Tim Burton's 'Sleepy Hollow' and sometimes going for style over substance. He's also worked in some great scenes (e.g. what looks like sunlight shining through a canvas tent turns out to be a flaming arrow, the prison escape on horseback and our first look at The Sanctuary / Enchanted Forest). 'Snow White & The Huntsman' is an entertaining fantasy adventure; it won't make many 'Best Films' lists but makes for a worthy addition to this story's long and illustrious history on film.
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