Kristen Stewart (The Twilight Saga) plays Snow White and Chris Hemsworth (Thor) is the Huntsman in this fantasy update on the classic tale making this the second of the year (Mirror Mirror - March). Charlize Theron takes on the role of the Evil Queen. This release has much higher expectations in comparison to Mirror Mirror. As a big budget summer release, Snow White and the Huntsman is looking for strong box office numbers.
Review by: Gabriel Alexander
This summer blockbuster attempts to channel the success of other franchises (Lord of the Rings, Twilight, Harry Potter) only this time by retelling the classic Disney animated film - Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. There are updates and story alterations but in essence it follows true - The Evil Queen is out to get Snow White for being fairest. In this production, many fantasy elements abound including trolls, the Dark Forest, and magic. But there is also the attempt to center the story with a more humanistic approach. Like in many Hollywood productions new and old, our hero (Snow White) tragically loses her parents and looks to right the wrong done long ago. Here, the approach does not add to the productions that have come before it. Snow White and the Huntsman tries to borrow too many elements from the fantasy franchises mentioned above and does not become unique on its own.
Charlize Theron as Ravenna (The Evil Queen) deserves recognition for her part. The character work, design, and costume of the Queen are nicely done. The dwarfs are thrown in to provide some comic relief and timely heroism. The computer-generated images (CGI) blend well with the medieval setting.
Snow White and the Huntsman may lure fans of the classic fairy tale but, instead, it may fail to become a fantasy film of any significance this year or otherwise.