If you recall, I mentioned that I definitely wanted to see Snow White and the Huntsman back in December when I posted about amazing-looking upcoming movies in 2012. We went to see it on opening weekend, which we rarely do (and I was reminded why when we went due to the noise). What did I think?
*Note: This review contains spoilers!
This version of Snow White and the Huntsman was easily one of the best adaptations of the Snow White story that I’ve ever seen. There were a few plot differences that I thought really pushed this story beyond the standard adaptation. I loved that the plot revolved more around Snow White fighting back against the Queen to get her father’s kingdom back. I also loved that the Queen killed her husband, rather than the King dying for some random reason – it made her greed and thirst for power much more believable and immediately apparent. The second part that really added to this script was the relationship between Snow White and the Huntsman. Although the Huntsman latched onto Snow White a little faster than seemed entirely believable, their relationship definitely did work. Finally, I absolutely loved that the kiss that wakes Snow White up from her poisoned slumber wasn’t so much because Snow White needed to be saved (she definitely didn’t), but more about her relationship with the Huntsman.
So the plot was good, but how was the acting? First of all, Charlize Theron owned this movie. I generally enjoy her in movies, but she made The Queen an intense and engaging character. I must say, I was also quite impressed with Kristen Stewart’s performance. I don’t usually like her – in fact, I don’t think she can act in most movies – but she did a fantastic job in this film. She showed more range and believability as Snow White than any other character I’ve seen her play. Chris Hemsworth also did a great job, and honestly was an ideal huntsman.
Overall, I give this movie 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. I’m honestly not sure why I don’t feel that it should be rated 5 out of 5 stars. I guess just go see it for yourself and then you can let me know what you think. I saw it with Doug, who also highly enjoyed it, so don’t let anyone tell you it’s girly just because it’s based on a fairy tale.