In a fast-paced and visually stunning rendition of an epic tale, Snow White and the Huntsman brings to life the darker side of a well-known fairy tale – perhaps the way it was meant to be all along. Reminiscent of Grimm’s haunting tale, this movie illuminates the darkness behind the wicked queen and focuses on the relationship between Snow White and the ambitions of her evil stepmother. Far more than a drifting damsel in distress, Kristen Stewart’s performance turns Snow White into a woman capable of fighting back, aided by long-lost friends and new acquaintances in an epic fight to seize back her father’s throne from the evil that has claimed it.
Charlize Theron makes an absolutely believable wicked step mother and steps into the role beautifully. She makes evil look good and audiences both loathe and adore her. In the brilliant and time-honored theme of good versus evil, two worlds collide in an epically beautiful fashion.
Elements of old-world lore clash with new renditions of the theme and are carried away by a score that is haunting and memorable. In an immense and stunning battle for the ages, Snow White finds true love in unexpected places, and battle to regain her place in the kingdom she was destined for. With dark creatures and magic inherent throughout the film, the elements of beauty and light stand out in stark contrast and lead the way for the imagination.
Snow White and the Huntsman give new life to an old tale and revitalize it in a way that perhaps the writers envisioned all along. It is a story that is meant to be dark and dangerous while conveying a still, quiet message of hope for the underdog. Magic comes to life in a beautiful and intense way that will leave audiences on the edge of their seats for the film’s duration, while also providing valuable insight into the earlier parts of the story that are not often explored.