In recent years, Hollywood has been producing a number of films based on fairy tales but with a new take on it. “Red Riding Hood” and “Tangled” (based on Rapunzel) are examples of this and it’s no different for the latest film release, “Snow White and the Huntsman.”
“Snow White and the Huntsman” contains a twist to the fairy tale we’ve all come to know and love. The Huntsman is ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed, though ends up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
After coming out of a series of films, it’s difficult for an actor or actress to lose the association with their previous character. Daniel Radcliffe managed to shake off any tie-in with the Harry Potter series in “Woman In Black,” though Kristen Stewart (famously known for her role in the Twilight series) fails to do that here.
The plot had Kristen Stewart in similar roles to that she partook in Twilight. At times, viewers will be expecting Jacob (Taylor Lautner) or Edward (Robert Pattinson) to make an appearance and she wasn’t particularly convincing.
Furthermore, choosing Kristen Stewart proved an even poorer casting decision as she fails to convey either a strong sense of sweetness or uprising that the character needed. As she leads her army in to the war with a motivational speech, it almost feels comical as she spurs them on.
Nevertheless, the casting for Ravenna (the Evil Queen) proved to be a magnificent choice. Charlize Theron plays a very convincing antagonist as she provides the audience with a character that they love to hate.
In addition, the dwarves prove to be very loveable characters with the likes of Ray Winstone, Nick Frost and Ian McShane adding some humour and fun to what is essentially a rather bland film.
As for the cinematography, “Snow White and the Huntsman” contains some gorgeous looking scenes and special effects, on par with the likes of “Pan’s Labyrinth” and “Avatar.” The fairy tale world is brilliantly captured as rabbits, tortoises and other fascinating creatures come to life in some brilliantly created environments.
Despite the film coming in at a rather lengthy 126 minutes, “Snow White and the Huntsman” will leave viewers asking questions and there’s a sense that more could have been done with the characters. The script needed that little bit more tweaking to make it more of a success.