So I saw Snow White and The Huntsman after much anticipation. I would like to correct myself and say that I endured Snow White and the Huntsman. We all know about this fairy tale right? Snow White, Evil Queen, Apple, castles, a Prince, a Huntsman… and so forth.
The good; the look, I highly enjoy the look. It’s grimy and gritty, makes it believable. It also reminds me of movies that I grew up on, there was a sense of imagination and risk that’s almost gone these days. Here’s some of the movies that come to mind; The Dark Crystal, The Neverending Story, Willow, Princess Mononoke…
There’s a scene in the forest where the Spirit greets Snow White, it’s almost right out of Princess Mononoke, the plants have eyes, there are little spirits flying around –
Charlize Theron makes a great villain. The Dwarfs were great too, who knew the names that would fill out their group? Also, the technology that made them short, amazing.
They had some wonderful wide shots, loved it. A portion of these shots was also to showcase the beautiful locations or sets.
The bad; ohhhhh where to begin. I don’t say this much, especially about bad movies, but I want more story! The film relies too much on the assumption that everyone knows the details of the tale, so there are a lot, A LOT, of things implied and not explained, we need more exposition of why things are happening.
The fight scenes, urghhh, more close ups, why?
Overall, skip this one. Mirror Mirror might be the better movie, I guess I’ll have to see.
PS. Don’t sit next to old people while watching movies, this particular octogenarian was more than annoying and chatty. Then when the credits rolled there was clapping… did we not see the same movie people?!?! None of these things helped my movie going experience.