Marcus Reviews Snow White & The Huntsman

9 Jun

Synopsis:

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power

What I Liked:

 The biggest compliment that I, and pretty much every other critic, can give this movie is that it’s absolutely gorgeous. The landscapes were expansive and the visual effects used throughout the majority of the movie were truly sights to behold, especially in the Dark Forest and Sanctuary (there is one scene in particular in Sanctuary that is absolutely breathtaking). The works of Guillermo Del Toro & Hayao Miyazaki (preferably Princess Mononoke), the anime movie Vampire Hunter D and the movies Avatar & Lord of the Rings could all be accredited to having some sort of inspiration to the overall visual style of the movie. Even the costume design, most notably on the Queen, was truly impressive. If this movie doesn’t get at the very least a nod at the Oscars or Golden Globes for Cinematography and Costume Design I’ll be shocked.

Now alot of critics seemed to belittle the acting in this movie but in all honesty I thought everyone was either at least average or quite good in this. Miss Theron gave the strongest performance in this as the chillingly evil Queen Ravenna but she didn’t absolutely blow Kristen Stewart out of the water like most of the critics said she did. Though she did have a couple of moments where she displayed little “Bella-esque” qualities, for the most part Stewart gave a pretty gutsy performance of the pure of heart yet strong of will Snow White especially towards the end of the film where she truly came into her own. Lastly Chris Hemsworth’s onscreen presence and his charm were enough to mostly overshadow his extremely inconsistent Scottish accent. I also thought that he and Kristen had good enough chemistry to make up for their underwritten relationship.

There was a good deal of action in this movie which, while not amazing, was well done. Most notably in the final act of the movie, where Snow White’s army wages war on the Queen, do we truly see an impressive eye for spectacle displayed by the director.

The scoring in the movie may not be on par with epics like Lord of the Rings but it matched the mood of the movie very well and made the war seem that much more important.

What I Didn’t Like:

The pacing in the movie at times was a bit uneven which resulted in a couple of scenes when ultimately felt random. While there was never truly any lulls in the film, so to speak, they could’ve trimmed the fat a little.

On the same token the writing in the film could’ve used some work as well.

As likable as they turned out to be, The Dwarves and Prince William ended up feeling rather unimportant at the end of the day. William especially got the short end of the stick as he was sort of randomly thrown into this “love triangle” with Snow White and The Huntsman but wasn’t really in the movie long enough for it to be even slightly believable that he’d have a chance. He would kind of show up and then disappear for long periods of time before popping up again which only hurt his character. The Dwarves showing up half way through the movie I can forgive due to the fact that they’re making a sequel to the movie so I’m sure they’ll be more heavily involved int he next installment.

I suggest that Chris work on his Scottish for the next movie because as I stated earlier, the poor guy was all over the place. When he was actually getting it right he was spot on but to often did he slip back into his Australian accent which I couldn’t help but chuckle at because it was so noticeable.

This is more of a gripe than something I didn’t like but I really felt like they dropped the ball with then ending. I feel as if they should’ve given us at least a small hint of what’s to come next because the way the movie ended really doesn’t give you the impression that there would be a sequel to the movie.

Overall:

Snow White & The Huntsman is an ambitious movie that reaches for the sky but just doesn’t quite get there. While I did enjoy it, I couldn’t help but feel like if it had been handled by a more experienced director (this was Rupert Sanders’ directorial debut) it could’ve been everything that it aspired to be. With that being said though it’s still a solid movie as it is that features strong performances from Charlize Theron & Kristen Stewart and breathtaking visuals that you truly have to see to really appreciate. I really hope that in the sequel they’re able to learn from their mistakes, take the great things about this movie and turn the next installment in the epic that we were hoping for.

Rating: C+/B-

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