This marks the second re imaging of Snow White this year on the big screen. The first one was Tasem Singh’s Mirror Mirror earlier this year. That movie was more fun and colourful but now we have a version that’s darker and a story or plot that we might not be able to predict as well. Trust me, you will never see Snow White the same way after you’ve seen this film.
In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) 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) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power.
Right from the start the movie establishes that familiar fairy tale narration to introduce the characters but once Charlize Theron appears, things become darker and you’re not quite sure what to expect.
It’s a very different way of depicting the fairy tale and if you are going to include the magic element, I suppose this would be the best way to tell the story – with many dark elements. There is a lot to appreciate from the visuals to the feminist fantasy story but the stand out for this film would be Theron’s portrayal of the evil queen.
The look in her eyes was pure evil and the clothes that she wore invoked every ounce of my lustful desire for her……that’s temptation I tell you, so dangerous yet so artistic.
I did have a few problems with it though as there were many unexplained elements like the origins of the Huntsman and perhaps in the way it ended. It is still a very good film worth the weekend watch. Maybe it’s all part of a plan to link this movie and it’s rumored sequel.
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The main draw of this film is it’s totally different and you won’t know what to expect especially since we’ve all become so familiar with the more gentle fairy tale version.
By Elliott Danker
Snow White and the Huntsman opens in cinemas 31 May
Images courtesy of United International Pictures Singapore
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