Iíll start by saying that there are a few things that Iíve 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 Stewartís 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 theyíve been given, but what theyíd been given was something not good. Charlize has really started making a career for herself as a pretty horrible human beingÖ 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 didnít have was someone to take all the things that the film had going for it and utilize them to their full extent.
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, itís 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 itís ďmagicĒ. 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: 360į Set Tour: Pretty self-explanatoryÖ 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.
SWATH is worth checking out for the special effects and if you can appreciate the concept behind everything else, itís worth it for that too. However, I would wait a little while for the price to go down if youíre planning on picking it up to own. From a personal perspective, itís not worth the full new release price, but a little bit cheaper would make it an easy sell for me.