When Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm used to sit around in the 1700's jotting down stories, they never quite intended for them to become children's books.
But by some miracle of "watering down" from generation to generation their scary stories DID become the quintessential children fairy tales. Perhaps the most well-known is that of Snow White. It is the story of a beautiful young girl who goes toe to toe with her step mother's vanity (fueled by magic powers) to decide which of them will sit on the throne. Many versions of the story have been told in literature, television and movies but none quite as grim as that of Snow White and The Huntsman.
The movie hype was built around the words "From the Makers of Alice in Wonderland". The film was made by the Roth Films company, which also made Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. Nevertheless not the same writers, producers nor director. In fact what this movie was missing was the gothic touch of Tim Burton. Maybe if he was involved, the film would have been a little better… Although visually stunning, and I am not just talking about Charlize Theron, the movie is severely rushed and in some instances pointless when it comes to plotline.
Kristen Stewart does not fail to disappoint once again, creating a complete ambivalence towards her character. Be it running from assassins or leading a revolution, she seems like she isn't bothered either way. Her demeanor was not the best fit for this particular role I must say. In addition, Chris Hemsworth, who seems to be making his way through Hollywood as a man carrying large crude weapons, is an impressive huntsman. However, even with a dye job he still wreaks of Thor. It will be hard for him to be seen as something else until he takes on a different role all together like Clint Eastwood did with Bridges of Madison County.
Finally, the star of the show, Charlize Theron, sold sexy with nothing more than her perfect South African face. Now HERE is an actress who knows how to convey emotions (Take notes Kristen!). Her performance as the evil queen had everything from the damage of a woman scorned to the brutality of a ruthless queen. In addition, the movie gave an interesting backstory to the source of her vanity but fails to explain why it is still necessary. After a certain number of decades even The Highlander wanted to be decapitated.
All in all, Snow White and the Huntsman is a refreshing remake of the story. There is absolutely none of that annoying romantic stuff instead there is plenty of sword slashing and arrow shooting. I would recommend it for our "inner" child when looking for a good grown up story, but for the attentive movie goer looking for a gripping story that justify spending money, I would say… not so much!