Snow White and The Huntsman is after Mirror Mirror and Grim's Snow White the third Snow White movie this year. The trailer with the dark fairy tale forest, in which all these wonderful creatures live, drew me into its spell immediately. Naturally that this movie was one i really anticipated. To make it short, the movie doesn't fulfill anything i hoped it would and that the trailer suggested to me. In fact, it was one of the worst movies i saw in the last years and this is why...
The story is known to everyone and therefore not very surprising, but even this is easy knitted story is riddled with errors. It almost seems as if no one read the script.
Story Summary: [Contains spoilers for everyone who never heard of the original]
The story starts out exciting. The king of the Empire is fighting to the death of his beloved wife against a dark army which is shattered in spectacular effects. One of the slaves enchanting him, so he marries her the same day. She was of course the magician who summoned them. As the new queen, she robs him of all his power and takes his daughter Snow White captive, but she can escape on a magically appearing horse. Then the dark queen sends the huntsman into the dark forest, because he is one of the few who have ever step into it. Curiously, a handful of soldiers accompany him. Contradiction? Yes and that will happen several times. Not only that there are a lot of people who don't fear the forest, she also sends real human into it. Someone who posses the power of a magical army would use that probably instead of some soldiers. He finds her in just a few seconds, but meeting her let him begin to question the motive of his queen and he begins to help Snow White on her escape.
The forest, which was firstly introduced as a dark and terrible forest, quickly becomes cute and beautiful. Small animals run around and some humans and dwarves live there. Solely a harmless troll tries to give it something bestial but ultimately fails at it. The queen tries to kill Snow White from now, but she fails constantly. Is anyone surprised by that?
Nearing the end the directors begins to realize that he needs to use the theme of the apple as it was in the original story. To archive the problem of the distant between Snow white and the dark queen, the now learns miraculously to teleport to her directly. The question is why she has not done so from the beginning, but that would require to actually read the script before. The Huntsman saves Snow White with a magical kiss. In a last furious battle, they succeed in restoring peace to the kingdom.
The original story is somehow forced to fit the film and the ideas the director had, which some of them were actually great. One thing most people already saw were the mirror, which were indeed spectacular. Also is dark voice promised a lot of dark stuff going on, which will never be fulfilled by the story itself. Also Charlize Theron plays the role of a cruel queen fantastically and has a lot of beautiful dresses. Some of them are indeed eye-candy, especially for us men.
On the other hand we have a lot of stupid acting heroins and actors, who not shine in their roles. Chris Hemsworth as a Huntsman is most of the time just necessary and it's kinda hilarious to hear that he will be the only on in the successor.
In the case of Kristen Steward as Snow White is that a good thing. She plays her the same as she played Bella Swan in Twilight and actually every other role she ever did. Expect a lot of blank stares into the camera, whining and no expression at all. Sometimes the art style as the one of the mirror is awesome but most of the time it isn't. There is a scene in the movie in which a small bird is shown. Somehow the director felt the urge to be ultra artistic which leads him to the decision that a fairy needs to emerge out of the birds body. Does that explains anything? Did that push the story forward? Was there any meaning in it? I think none of it was the case and yes, also that happens more often than you will believe it.
If you liked the trailer, don't expect the movie to be anything like it. There aren't any more cool scenes in it, that you didn't saw in the trailer. It's a harsh critic, but only the natural conclusion for such a disastrous movie.