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Snow White and the Huntsman
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Sep 21, 2012 By: Stephanie Cooke
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Director:
Rupert Sanders

Actors:
Kristen Stewart
Charlize Theron
Chris Hemsworth

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The evil Queen Ravenna will rule forever if she can take the life of Snow White, so she dispatches the Huntsman to track her down. But the wicked ruler never imagined that the Huntsman would train the girl to become a brave warrior, skilled in the art of war.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Despite all the things Id heard about SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, I still held onto hope that I would come out liking it. If not for the films actual quality, then for a hokey fun at the very least, like Legend or something. I have a tendency to like things more than others, especially when so many negatives thing have already been said. I dont enjoy being unkind to fairytales, or films that choose to try something different with the genre, so Ill try to be gentle since there are redeeming qualities for SWATH.

Ill start by saying that there are a few things that Ive actually really liked Stewart in, with Adventureland and Into the Wild being a couple of those examples. However, outside of roles where acting need not apply, she really has a lot of trouble holding her own. I wanted to love this movie for everything that it is. Fairytales are such an important part of my life and I remember seeing the Disney adaptation of Snow White as a child over and over again. To me, this movie was something to look forward to, despite Stewarts presence in it, but after sitting through it all, I can say that Stewart is not solely to blame.

All of the actors are a little off in the film, including the wonderful Charlize Theron and I believe that to be the fault of director, Rupert Sanders. It seems like they did the best with what theyve been given, but what theyd been given was something not good. Charlize has really started making a career for herself as a pretty horrible human being at least as far as her characters go. Between this, Young Adult, Monster and Prometheus things have gotten naughty for Theron. But getting back on topic, the story for SWATH was very interesting, taking a story told over and over again (twice this year alone) and doing something new-ish with it. SWATH had everything it needed to be good: outstanding actors (in addition to Theron and Hemsworth, Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Ray Winstone, Toby Jones and others were in the film), compelling script, beautiful special effects, big budget and more. What it didnt have was someone to take all the things that the film had going for it and utilize them to their full extent.
THE EXTRAS
A New Legend Is Born: This is the typical behind-the-scenes featurette that includes interviews with the cast and crew about their roles in the film, what it was like to work with Rupert Sanders as a director and all that.

Reinventing the Fairytale: Obviously Snow White is one of those stories that has been told over and over and over again. This year, including SWATH, its been done twice. In order for it to be something people actually want to see, the story needs to be reinvented quite a bit and this featurette goes over what that process was for the film.

There are several mini-featurettes for Citizens of the Kingdom. Each of them deals with a character from the film and gives you a little more background on them. The first one is Fairest of Them All: Snow White, followed by Deliciously Evil: Queen Ravenna, then The Huntsman and the last of these little profiles is Motley Crew: The Dwarves.

The Magic of Snow White and the Huntsman: As you can probably imagine, this featurette is all about what gave the film its magic. Of course, in this case, the magic is special effects that we used to bring the film to life. You get a behind-the-scenes look at how they did it and what went into it.

Around the Kingdom: 360 Set Tour: Pretty self-explanatory this featurette takes you around the set where SWATH was filmed and is another behind-the-scenes look at what goes on in order to bring the film to life.

And last but not least, a Feature Commentary is included among the special features.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN had SO much freaking potential. As mentioned, it had everything that you need to make not only a good film, but a GREAT film and it just didnt deliver. Were all so quick to blame Kristen Stewart for the downfall of the film, but as much as I wish she would quit acting, the full force of the films failure does not fall on her. Its clear from the other talented actors and actresses in the film that what they were being given to work with, in terms of direction, did not work with the overall vision of SWATH. Truthfully, this seems like an awfully big budget film for someone with as little experience as Rupert Sanders, but who am I to judge that sort of thing.

SWATH is worth checking out for the special effects and if you can appreciate the concept behind everything else, its worth it for that too. However, I would wait a little while for the price to go down if youre planning on picking it up to own. From a personal perspective, its not worth the full new release price, but a little bit cheaper would make it an easy sell for me.
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5:22PM on 09/21/2012
Kristen Stewart doesn't have to stop acting; she just needs to close her damn mouth. I don't mean not talking, but if you watch this movie watch her, her mouth just hangs open in every shoot she is in. After I noticed it it became all I could see. Well-made movie with no heart, its in the end a bad movie. It would have been 500 times better is she has just closed her mouth!!
Kristen Stewart doesn't have to stop acting; she just needs to close her damn mouth. I don't mean not talking, but if you watch this movie watch her, her mouth just hangs open in every shoot she is in. After I noticed it it became all I could see. Well-made movie with no heart, its in the end a bad movie. It would have been 500 times better is she has just closed her mouth!!
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