SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN completely re-imagines the famous fairy tale as a dark, epic fantasy starring Kristen Stewart as Snow White and Charlize Theron as the wicked queen.
It's a well made, well acted film, but I admired it more than I liked it.
Queen: "Mirror, mirror on the wall. who's the fairest of them all?"
Mirror: "You are the fairest but there is another destined to surpass you. Consume her heart and you shall rule forever."
The basic premise of the two hundred year old fairly tale is there, but not much else.
The queen has married Snow White's father and killed him on their wedding night, and then she imprisons his daughter, Snow White, for her entire childhood.
When Snow White finally escapes into a dark forest, the queen forces a huntsman to find her. Otherwise, she'll have him executed.
As the queen, Theron burns up the scenery in a delicious performance and Chris Hemsworth shows real star power as the huntsman.
Kristen Stewart makes Snow White a warrior princess instead of a damsel in distress which is a very positive change, but how can anyone think she's more beautiful than the queen?
The seven dwarves show up, all of them played by English actors rendered short by the magic of digital technology. That's just one example of the overuse of digital effects in the film. Yes, the production design is brilliant but the sets and even some of the people are so obviously computer generated that I had trouble finding real emotion in this movie.
Still, I think most people will enjoy SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN more than I did.
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A brief note for people who enjoy foreign films: THE KID WITH A BIKE is a French language drama that won one of the top awards at last years Cannes Film Festival.
It's a small, very realistic movie about an eleven year old boy abandoned by his father. A hairdresser the boy meets by accident tries to help him.
THE KID WITH A BIKE is showing only at Koko Marina.