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Snow White and the Huntsman is the second live-action adaptation of the Brothers Grimm tale to be released this year. I'm struggling to remember the name of the first one. Granted, I see a lot of movies and (since I reviewed it) I could easily find out with a few keystrokes but I'm usually pretty good with movie names. As I ponder the name of the other one, I can't help but wonder if I'll remember the name of this one.
It's not that Snow White and the Huntsman wasn't good or enjoyable, it just wasn't much more. I didn't have a lot of excitement going into it and I didn't leave with a sense of accomplishment afterwards. I didn't feel the need to tell people to go see it. I don't even know if I can tell people to take their kids to see it or not see it. At times, it's dark, scary, and intense but at other times it's colorful, cuddly, and inviting. Another reviewer said it didn't know if it wanted to be Excalibur or My Little Pony. That's probably the best way to put it. If the film knew what it was from the beginning, it would probably have been great but it felt a little confused.
The biggest problem I had with it is that it started off really good started to get bogged down once Snow White escaped to the Dark Forest. You can actually identify the scene where it starts. It keeps moving enough though until the last 20 minutes of the film where all the buildup from the previous 105 minutes feels like wasted time.
On the plus side, the dark tone makes it interesting. It feels like an old medieval era film of sorcerers and barbarians with its' infinite amount of muddy clothes, drunken heroes, and noble princes. Charlize Theron plays a nice evil Queen. Thor, I mean Chris Hemsworth, is great in the role of Thor, I mean The Huntsman, Kristen Stewart showed more acting range than she did in all of the Twilight films combined and there was a nice surprise when Ian Mc Shane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, and Brian Gleeson make their appearances as members of the seven dwarves.
I give Snow White and the Huntsman 8 stars out of 11.