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Snow White and the Huntsman [DVD] [2012]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The film exceeded expectations when released in the U.S. becoming a huge
box-office success.
Have to say, no surprise to me.
It is a visually stunning production.
'Same Story'.....yet, with a different spin for the 'Grimm's' fairy-tale.
Other than the 'Snow White' story starring 'Sigourney Weaver' this is perhaps
the darkest version yet.
Of course with 'Twilight' star 'Kirsten Stewart' in the lead role the film was
always going to attract a large audience.
Quite simply and enjoyable watch......awesome entertainment.
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61 of 70 people found the following review helpful
on 13 October 2012
But the movie is great. The effects - both visual and special - were amazing. Plain and simple. The scenery is fantastic and very well incorporated into the movie. Theron makes a convincing Queen, worthy of our fear. Hemsworth makes a believable drunken huntsman, lost in his own grief and Stewart delivers one of the best portrayals of one of the most recognisable fairytale characters. I was - along with a lot of other people, I'm sure - surprised and almost "shocked" at the uncharacteristic casting choices but after viewing the finished product I understood and agreed.
Some people write these reviews based solely on trying to tarnish the acting of an actor or actress. It's both rude and tacky.
The truth is, the movie is good. It's not Oscar worthy but I don't think I've ever read anything about it being in the running for a statuette. It's not as ground breaking as some apparently thought it would be, but it is fun and entertaining and I will gladly place it into my collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 24 November 2012
I knew little about this film before I watched it so I had no preconceptions. First thing I loved the portrayal of the Queen as dangerous, disturbed but somewhat tragic figure which I found nicely sympathetic. I found myself wanting to know more about her. The look of the film is dark, as one would expect, but there are a few nods to the old Disney film that I liked. I also liked the battle scenes which came across very well. The characterisation of the Heroine was some what weak though hunter was slightly better. Also (as in many films of this type) Snow White went too quickly from girl on the run to battle hardened warrior. Pan's Labyrinth this isn't but is nontheless entertaining.
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Making a more serious, not really children oriented version of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", was a great idea - but it was not very well made and the result is an only half-successful film, saved from total failure by incredible performance of Charlize Theron. This review contains some limited SPOILERS.

The story is of course very well known and in its main lines this film sticks to it, so there is no real need to tell it again here. However the story was changed very much as far as the character and the background of the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron) are concerned. In this film she has a name (Ravenna) and a past, of which I will say only that it is radically feminist...))) She is also much, much more powerful than in the 1937 film and even than in the original Grimm's tale. In this film she is a REALLY powerful sorceress, well versed in the darkest magic and using it massively, both to extend her already unnaturaly long life and to maintain her power over the land. But, and that was a really excellent idea, in the same time she is a poison to the land - the dark magic she uses makes the whole once flourishing country sick...

Charlize Theron is THE reason for which this thing is even watchable. Her Ravenna is a really terrifying creature, feeding on life force of young maidens and rotten insides of dead birds, flying with carrion birds, maintaining an incestuous relation with her own brother ("Game of Thrones" anybody?) when in the same time clearly hating men, using dagger, poison, hexes and legions of henchmen with same deadly skill, etc. She is a real delight to watch!

Snow White was changed deeply too, from a damsel in distress awaiting her prince to a shield-maiden leading her army to war. The general idea was not so bad, but the execution of it was really not terrific... The responsability here lays both with the scenario and with Kristen Stewart's acting. I must here precise that not only I am one of the few hetero-sexual males who actually liked the "Twilight" saga but I also rather liked the way Kristen Stewart played Bella Swan, a troubled, clumsy, introverted teenager. The great problem is that in this film she didn't really try to portray the Upgraded Butt-kicking Fully-Armored Snow White but just... another Bella Swan. And that really hurt this film. Also let's be honest here - Kristen Stewart is not half bad looking but any magic mirror which would consider her fairer than Charlize Theron is certainly in a dire need of deep magico-psychiatrico-ophtalmological revision...)))

The Huntsman also has now a bigger role in the story. Chris Hemsworth plays him here as basically a slightly downgraded Thor with some Han Solo elements. Initially there were thoughts about a sequel and therefore the Huntsman was supposed to develop feelings for Snow White and the setting for a love triangle was even established - but the total lack of any magnetism between Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart is so obvious here that any possible romance between those two seem to be absolutely excluded.

The dwarfs are OK I guess, with a good role of Bob Hoskins as their leader. They too are very different from the dwarfs from both 1937 movie and from the original story - they are also not exactly nice characters.

The film contains one unnecessary scene of travelling through sewers, with a very explicit explanation in WHAT exactly the characters are swimming. Honestly, it grossed me out...

Bottom line, this film is watchable, but mostly for Charlize Theron. Most of the scenes with other characters, you can fast forward without losing much. A film to see once (if at all).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 November 2012
When I saw this as the cinema I was expect a Disney style movie but Snow White and the Huntsman is a very different film. It's a much darker fairy tale with all the traditional characters subverted. The dwarves are no longer just a bunch of happy friends... But the story is a battle between the strong personalities of two women. The queen is a much more rounded character and Snow White is a modern heroine breaking out of the confines of a fairy tale. The middle part of the film is a bit slow, but this is an action packed intelligent film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 2 March 2014
I'm not sure what I was expecting but found I was hooked from the outset. With continual twists & turns in the storyline
I could not tear away my eyes from the screen, Brilliant!
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on 17 July 2015
This 2012 fantasy has been given a new spin on the traditional fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm. In this version the evil witch Ravenna [Charlize Theron] tricks the King into marriage and immediately murders him imprisoning Snow White in a tower. Years later, Snow White [Kristen Stewart] escapes into the `Dark Forest, pursued by Eric, the Huntsman [Chris Hemsworth] as she sets about to regain her fathers kingdom.
All the usual suspects are included in the mix, the mirror, the dwarves, poisoned apple, fairies, love, unrequited love, friendship and betrayal but not how you'd expect it. The special effects are phenomenal, especially the `Forest' which is really intimidating and Ravenna is sinisterly played to perfection.
Traditionalists may frown but youngsters and adults alike will soon be sucked in by the eerie atmosphere and desperate plight of Snow White. There are some humorous lines, impressive battles, monsters and cute bunny rabbits, but will the Evil Queen be stopped? The 12 rating is appropriate [so take care with younger viewers] for whilst it's a `family' movie, the atmosphere is dark -very dark, and so well done it could upset the more sensitive viewer. A definite ***** despite a few easily overlooked shoddy lines and some script errors.
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In past movies we have seen several different off takes form the original Snow White story. Each has its strengths. And as with Shakespeare each generation of contemporary actors have to try their hand at it. We have seen the cartoon version and even vicious witches and giant midget versions. This version displays the advances in CGI and loud noise between the dialogs forcing you to keep your finger on the volume control.

In this story we see Ravenna (Charlize Theron) was deprived as a child. Her mother told her that you can have everything if you just maintain your beauty. She strives to have it all by overcompensating and in the process a few people will have to be dispatched and others suffer their own depravation, oops deprivation.

Ravenna needs to obtain Snow White's heart to maintain that cute smirk. But for some reason Snow White (Kristen Stewart) prefers to keep her own heart right where it is and escapes with it to the black forest. Ravenna sends a forest savvy huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to bring back Snow White. Confronted with Snow's demise the huntsman becomes her ally in recovering her kingdom from its usurper.

We as viewers have to decide just whose side we are on. Even Snow feels sorry that she cannot share her heart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
TOP 500 REVIEWERon 25 January 2014
I watched this without expecting too much, and was very pleasantly surprised, I was expecting the old fairytale but the plot puts some quite diverse takes on it, keeping to some but in many ways creating a complete new storyline and all the better for it.

Acting is good & production excellent with some great costumes and lovely sets, if your dithering, just take the plunge and get this, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2014
Great film that has everything. Well cast and brilliantly acted. I must say I wasn't expecting it to be fantastic but I was really pleasantly surprised.
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