Ok, so I have no tagline for this movie, because it had no tagline. I like to think that Kristin Stewart's blank expression fills in for any witty one-liner for the movie. This will be part one of my "Charlize Theron is having a crazy month" series, part two will be when I talk about Prometheus in my next post.
Snow White & The Huntsman is the second film this year that is an adaptation of the Snow White fairy tale. given the choice between the two, I pick the one that looks muddier and doesn't have Julia Roberts in it. Judging by their relative grossing it looks like I made the right call (Mirror Mirror grossed around 2.5 mil its opening weekend. Snow White grossed 56). Snow White comes to us from the producer of Alice in Wonderland, and you can see that movie in every overly indulgent "ooh look at the fairies" scene in THIS movie. I'm not saying the movie is full of those, it actually shows a fair amount of restraint, but whenever the fairy tale aspect starts to spill over, I get to remembering Alice with some chagrin. That is pretty much the biggest criticism I can leverage towards this movie. It spends too much time in too many scenes emphasizing the fairy tale aspects of the movie, or making callbacks to the traditional story, and it ultimately detracts from the film. I feel like the scriptwriter didn't understand that 'reimagining' means you can reimagine something. That means it can be different. The movie, while grand in scale and scope, suffers from some contrived plot points designed to tie in hastily certain aspects of the story, and also from very uneven pacing. I'll talk a little bit about that first.
The movie spends a pretty substantial amount of time setting the scene, showing the rise of the evil queen (that's Charlize Theron) and the fall of the kingdom. If they'd wanted to spend less time on the story before the story, and more time on... the actual plot of the movie, they could have made this segment about 20 minutes shorter. It also spends a lot of time doing... well not much of anything. If they'd shortened the excessive Kristin Stewart staring segments, that would have netted even MORE time, for things like character development say. While time is spent on things without any real importance, we see very little of the time Snow White and the eponymous Huntsman spend together, to establish why he gives a crap about her. I'm also a little dubious about Snow White donning full plate and winging a sword around to lead a cavalry charge, given that it's established that she's spent most of her life locked in a tower. Was she working out in that tower? The movie is full of little things like this that could have easily been at the very least mitigated, but that all together detract from the viewer's credulity. Why is there a white horse waiting to carry Snow White to safety? Sure it's implied that she has this magic link to life and nature, but you need to come out and say that stuff in a movie, not just have plot horses pop up on beaches. The most ridiculous part of the movie perhaps is the implication that Kristen Stewart is somehow prettier than the crazy Charlize Theron queen. Don't get me wrong, Kristen Stewart is pretty in a sort of, girl who lives down the street from you sort of way, but really? Charlize Theron? That's a little bit of a stretch.
|KStew Prettier than me? This mirror must be broken.|
|Just look at that shit. That wasn't done overnight.|
So would I recommend this movie? ehhhh pretty borderline. There were certainly things to enjoy there, but in the end this movie was it's own worst enemy. One thing is for certain though: It's the best movie Kristen Stewart's liable to appear in this year.