In 1938 the United States saw a nationwide release of the German fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. It went on to become an instant classic that generations of kids have enjoyed ever since.Snow White is an American icon of sorts. In 1989 the film was added to the United States National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. Oh how times have changed. Snow White and the Huntman is one romping fantasy fairy tale “grimm” ride!
Director Rupert Sanders and writer Evan Daugherty deserve a lot of credit here. They took a wholesome child bed time story and evolved it into a dark fantasy world full of terror, despair, and evil. It worked beautifully. This film reminded me of the jump that 1992’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula made in comparison to its original 1931 film. From the opening narrative you know they took this content seriously. What I admire the most is the director was able to carry out this all the while staying true to the original story.
Kristen Stewart (Twilight Series) made me a believer. She WAS Snow White, truly the fairest of them all. Upcoming actor Chris Hemsworth (Thor) really did a solid job as the Huntsman. This role was passed around Hollywood to names like Hugh Jackman, Viggo Mortensen, Johnny Depp and Tom Hardy. In the end I am glad Hemsworth got the job. He almost stole the show. Who DID steal the show you may ask?
My vote goes to the evil stepmother Queen Raveena (Charlize Theron). She was just downright creepy. I haven’t seen such beauty and evil blended together in I don’t know how long. Runner-up to the “stealing the show” awards goes to the seven dwarfs themselves. In particular Ian Mcshane (HBO’s Deadwood series) who played the leader of the dwarfs as Beith.
The plot is pretty much a consistent nod to the classic story. Snow White is the daughter King Magnus and Queen Eleanor. After losing his loved Queen, the King becomes full of despair and depression. That is until one day after rescuing the prisoner Raveena from a Dark Army in the beginning of the film. The King is immediately hypnotized by her beauty. So much that he marries her the next day.
All is well until the wedding night when Raveena show’s her true intentions…as usual I will not spoil any of the plot details, but what happens next begins the tale of Snow White’s journey from imprisonment to escape to a fantastic action climax to bring life back to the land.
Fans of The Lord of the Rings and HBO’s Game of Thrones will walk away from this film satisfied. In addition even casual movie renters will enjoy this film with the family sitting on the couch during a dark and stormy night. This film is one of a rare breed. Director Rupert Sanders created a world full of horror and action that can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
I give this film, 3 out of 4 Throwing Stars.