Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
  • Time: 127 min
  • Genre: Action | Drama | Fantasy
  • Director: Rupert Sanders
  • Cast: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron


Snow White, imprisoned daughter of the late king, escapes just as the Magic Mirror declares her the source of the Evil Queen’s immortality. The Queen sends her men, led by a local huntsman, to bring her back. But upon her capture, the huntsman finds he’s being played and turns against the Queen’s men, saving Snow White in the process. Meanwhile, Snow’s childhood friend, William, learns that she is alive and sets off to save her.


  • Watching a fairy tale … duhuh … and in the end it was something in the nature of “The Lord of the Rings” with 7 funny, combative dwarfs. I thought it was a beautifully executed fantasy story, with a rather Gothic kind of atmosphere and with fun action scenes.

    First disappointment : Kristen Stewart isn’t such a great actress. The Twilight saga passed me because I hate hypes. I knew her well from Panic Room, but that’s no point of reference.

    A funny quote I’ve read on IMDB : “Kristen Stewart is like my refrigerator, no matter what I put in it (milk, soda, eggs, vegetables, meat), it is and it will always be a refrigerator. And so is she.” And yes that’s true: she shows almost no emotion and I’m convinced she dips her face in starch before walking onto the set.

    Second disappointment : I need to see this movie once again but then with subtitles because of these dwarfs with their damn Irish / Scottish accent. It was so difficult to understand.

    Anyway, I wasn’t bored while watching this entertaining tale.
    And I’m looking forward to the sequel!

  • “Lips red as blood. Hair black as night. Bring me your heart my dear, dear Snow White.”

    The second ‘Snow White’ movie to hit our screens after Mirror Mirror (2012), Snow White and the Huntsman comes with much higher expectations than the light-hearted and offbeat Tarsem Singh picture that starred Julia Roberts and Lily Collins, which by the way was aimed at fidgeting kids with impatient parents in tow.

    Unfortunately, the higher expectations come at a price as Snow White and the Huntsman shows that even with every other aspect seemingly perfected to an art, the lack of a good story will eventually ruin the movie-going experience.

    Billed as a rethink of the classic fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman is shockingly poor in its storytelling department. Most Hollywood blockbusters are predictable, and are sometimes enjoyed for their predictability because it provides a safe and reliable way to satisfy audiences looking for two hours of escapism.

    But Snow White and the Huntsman takes the cake… with one of the flattest and uninspired screenplays of the year. The entire narrative structure is so straightforward that it leaves no room for revelations of key plot points that would have made the movie a more interesting watch.

    Starring Kristen Stewart (Twilight, 2008) as Snow White, Chris Hemsworth (Thor, 2011) as The Huntsman, and Charlize Theron as the despicably evil Queen Ravenna, Snow White and the Huntsman boasts a pair of establishing stars with money-spinning franchises on their backs, but their performances leave much to be desired.

    The star of the show is undoubtedly Theron, who is a menace throughout with her screen presence, though she could be accused of overacting in several scenes. But it must be said that without Theron, the film would have been a borefest.

    First-time feature director Rupert Sanders is unlucky to work on a weak script. But credit to him, he makes the most out of it with competent direction of the film’s visual style. Kudos to everyone who was part of the cinematography, art direction-set decoration, costume design, and visual effects teams, as the visuals are consistently striking.

    Snow White and the Huntsman tries too hard to be an epic action-adventure fantasy in the vein of The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003). As a result, it may be beautiful to watch, but is unable to shake off its cliched storytelling, a cringe-worthy battle speech, and arguably the most implausibly convenient ‘resurrection’ scene ever committed to celluloid. Disappointing.

    Verdict: Beautiful cinematography and art direction cannot mask the film’s weak and predictable storytelling.

    GRADE: C

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