Review by DiMarkco Chandler
“Snow white and the Huntsman” will open in theaters this Friday, June 1, 2012, to perhaps one of the largest movie audiences this spring. Why; well that’s easy, primarily because of its star power. Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth will be amongst the actors and actresses featured; but other than the appearance of these very bankable performing artists, the film will inevitably leave Brothers Grimm fans extremely grim indeed.
It’s not the stories that will disappoint theater-goers; it’s the acting, casting and unnecessary special effects. Nick Pinkerton appears to have identified the problem with this movie. Pinkerton suggests that, had the film’s director “trusted…the native charm of its cast and the sensory seduction of its often-astonishing images to humbly, naively retell its story, this ‘Snow White’ might have been something special. Instead, it’s defined by an overall bagginess that betrays a lack of any abiding authorial pattern.”
Pinkerton, along with a number of reviews too numerous to list here, are all quite critical of the way this well-written narrative has managed to fall short of movie excellence. A close look at the story bears this out.
“Snow White and the Huntsman” is a tale of female empowerment in the extreme. Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron, marries the good-hearted king who had recently lost his wife. Ravenna of course was wicked before she married the king. Her mother placed a spell on her and her brother that allowed Ravenna to live forever as long as she takes the life essence out of young girls. As the plot moves further down the line, Ravenna learns from her magic mirror that her stepdaughter, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is fairer than she is and thus sends her down the predictable path of seeking to take her life essence in order to possess eternal life.
Over all its an interesting fairy-tale that mirrors the 22-year-old Stewart real life story. This young actress was one of the highest paid actresses in 2010 and with a new role now under her belt expect this Twilight Darlene’s earning to continue to rise.