Yesterday, Snow White and the Huntsman was released in cinemas. Curious by this certain film due to the trailer, I decided to go and see it.
Usually, this film is not one that would take my fancy, but considering I had seen the trailer, it intrigued me. The producers had taken a fairy tale and changed some of the conventions that we’d usually expect, from the norm of Disney fairy tale films. The film, on a whole, worked.
However, the finer, nitty gritty parts were not so brilliant. Compared to the Disney tale of Snow White, there are no imitations at all, which I really liked. Instead, they chose to opt for the Brothers Grimm style, made obvious by the gritty and grimness witnessed throughout the film.
Rupert Sanders, rather than have the simple paradigm of having Snow White being cast out, helped out by the seven dwarfs and then marrying the prince, chose to change conventions, which I found more interesting. Firstly, some part of the narrative focuses on the evil queen Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron. He decided to opt for a more psychological sense of this character, showing her need for youth via her magical powers. This was interesting as this characterisation bought the viewer closer the movie and showed added depth.
Rather than having Snow White have this characterisation of a hapless young princess who cannot fend for herself, Sanders opted for that of a strong independent woman, as when we see Snow White of age, we see her escape from the castle rather than being led out to the black forest, which happens in the fairy tale. My only issue about Snow White’s character would be the actress playing her, Kristen Stewart, although my opinion cannot count to much as I’ve only seen her in Snow White and the Huntsman and Into The Wild. Chris Hemsworth, playing the Huntsman, playing the action man role is quite typical as he has played, Thor and George Kirk in the opening sequence of Star Trek, the 2009 version. Playing a man grief stricken man he does fantastically as he tends to be the hero, which is the typical convention inside this genre.
CGI-wise, the film is brilliant and does not hold back, but yet does not overload completely on the area of CGI. Most notably, the CGI is in the black forest where we see a number of close ups revealing the grimness, which adds to the uneasiness and grotesque feature of the black forest, the viewer will be taking away a feeling the black forest is a place to avoid. Also with making the dwarf characters played by actors such as Ray Winston, Eddie Marsan and Nick Frost, in which they added the comedic value of the film as they bought light-heartened feel on the situation with the songs of joy.
One thing that is possibly left unmentioned in a lot of films, is the score to accompany the film. Although there were no advances in this particular score, it was correct and really impacted the mood of the particular scene it corresponded with. This worked very well and I feel this was one of the triumphs for the film, and for some reason, stuck out for me the most.
Overall, the film worked, however it was not fantastic, but nor an awful cinema watch. Unfortunately, the timing of the cinema hit was unfortunate as there, in my opinion better films in the cinema currently such as Moonrise Kingdom, Prometheus (shortly) and Men In Black 3 which will more than likely storm the box office.