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Snow White and the Huntsman

Around the same age that they're usually hearing fairy tales for the first time, children have a tendency to compulsively ask "Why?" questions. The script for Snow White and the Huntsman seems to anticipate this sort of grilling and provides answers in spades. The result is a film that's considerably longer than it needs be, in which the evocative eloquence of storybook pictures is consistently garbled by the need to overexplain and psychoanalyze. Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) marries her way to the throne and then drives threateningly fair Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into exile. An unruly subject, Huntsman Eric (Thor's Chris Hemsworth) is sent into the Dark Forest to finish Snow off, while Prince William (Sam Claflin), who remembers the princess from her girlhood, likewise sets on her trail. The setting is a palpably lived-in late-medieval universe of scrofulous peasantry and pervasive under-the-fingernails murk and mire, where everything on-screen has a conceivable use and looks used. The same detail applies to the fantasy aspects of Snow's world, including a Dark Forest alive with all things that slither and skitter. But for all this Snow White's visual ornamentation, there's no sense of narrative priority—the filmmakers can't see the Dark Forest for the trees.

 
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soccerpro134
soccerpro134

This actually is not true: "Evil Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) marries her way to the throne and then drives threateningly fair Snow White (Kristen Stewart) into exile." Snow White escapes the Queen's imprisonment. Being exiled involves being forcibly separated from a group, not escaping from a group.

sweetie007
sweetie007

I love the twilight movies and I am going to see this movie not because of one girl who was made famouse by one movie but beacause the previews and trailers are awesome

ThisIsNuts
ThisIsNuts

As usual, I will expect to actually enjoy any movie which the 'critics' seems to be negative about. The general public's comments are generally much more reliable.

crazyzoo
crazyzoo

It seems as if you did not watch the movie. How can you comment on something you actually did not see?

Tweety
Tweety

I always thought it was a good thing when questions were answered in a movie. Who knew?

Adam
Adam

Well at least the "critic" was honest (looks like he didn't actually see the movie) and didn't trash the actors and the performances he didn't see.

Ande
Ande

Was this supposed to be a review?

Ahmed Tarek Saad
Ahmed Tarek Saad

You said nothing about the performances and the cast, the direction, the accents or the cinematography. This review is truly useless.

Adrianolle
Adrianolle

I simply cannot take this seriously.

''Around the same age that they're usually hearing fairy tales for the first time, children have a tendency to compulsively ask "Why?" questions. The script for Snow White and the Huntsman seems to anticipate this sort of grilling and provides answers in spades.''

Why would THAT be a problem?! o.O If all that you are expecting from a fairytale is something short and simple, kind of made for little children.... then you haven't understand a word to what fairytales mean. Read Bruno Bettelheim. That's going to give you an idea about ''psychoanalyze''. Because these stories are more complex than they seem. And if the movie shows that, then I take it as something VERY positive!!!!

Hope_cruz
Hope_cruz

I totally agree. WTF? This is not a review. It's a mere opinion with not enough support to back it up. At least the film gives thoughtful backstory to characters.

Lizzy
Lizzy

Kristen's bullies should just be ignored, the review is perfectly understandable. This mess of a movie is no surprise, it was rewritten 4 times by 4 different people, what do you expect? A first time director, obsessed with gaining a teen audience and turning out something they would find "epic," casts a girl who only famous for starring in a teen franchise. This is movie making by committee--let's just stick Bella Swan in this, then we'll get the Twilight audience.

Who cares if the director has no experience and will go along with any bad casting just to get a chance to make a movie? Stewart had no chemistry with Hemsworth or Clafin--they both looked like they'd be more interested in a girl who looked like a girl and not a 15 year old boy dressing up in her brother's amor. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear, no way was Stewart ever anything close to being Snow White.

Tanya
Tanya

Now there's a useful review. Thanks.

 

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