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Oh no, Snow's gone emo,
This review is from: Snow White and the Huntsman [DVD]  (DVD)
'Snow White and the Huntsman' is clearly aiming for a more 'adult' take on the fairy tale, but the end result is a film that takes itself a little bit too seriously, when a bit of light relief would have been welcome to balance all the doom and gloom. The film must have one of the drabbest colour palettes of any film I've seen recently. The idea is that Ravenna (the evil queen played by Charlize Theron) has almost literally sucked the life out of the land, and apart from an interlude in an enchanted forest when the film suddenly turns into the Chronicles of Narnia, for most of the time the screen is filled with washed-out colours, grey skies and blackened landscapes. Mud and dirt cover everything and everyone. Chris Hemsworth is ok as the huntsman, Kristen Stewart is actually really good as Snow White, but Charlize Theron doesn't really get to do much with her character. She certainly looks amazing, and, to be frank, there's a scene near the start where she's wearing a tight bodice when I wished they'd made the movie in 3D, but for most of the film she's reduced to pacing around her throneroom shouting at her brother. The character is a bit of a contradiction as she seems to be motivated by a desire to get revenge on men for the way they treat women, whilst killing loads of women herself. At the end of the film, Snow White leads an army against the queen, which seems a bit far-fetched since she's only had one quick lesson in self-defence from the huntsman, and she manages to run to the top of a very tall tower in full armour without tiring herself out, let alone falling in an exhausted heap on the floor.
I didn't hate the movie, and it's certainly filled with enough action, magic and monsters to keep viewers entertained, but neither was I gripped by it in the way that 'Avengers Assemble', for instance, kept my eyes glued to the screen (ouch!). Although I think most people will enjoy 'Snow White and the Huntsman', I don't think it will ever be considered a classic.