Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 adaptation of the Brothers Grimm’s fairytale Snow White. This British/American movie is an epic, action-packed fantasy adventure, directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Evan Daugherty and Martin Solibakke.
Snow White and the Huntsman is not your everyday, average fairytale, as the movie takes us through an imaginary, dark world ruled by the ruthless Queen Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron. Kristen Stewart plays Snow White, the only female fairer than the evil queen.
After conquering many kingdoms, the ruthless queen soon learns from her Magic Mirror that she will be overthrown and destroyed by her step-daughter Snow White. Therefore, the only way for Queen Ravenna to remain in power is to consume the heart of Snow White and achieve immortality. However, when Snow White manages to escape to a dark forest, the queen summons the help of a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth). Sam Claflin also joins the cast as Prince William, Snow White’s childhood love.
Snow White and the Huntsman is a combination of action, adventure and imagination, with a dark side. The adapted storyline is beautifully written and the action scenes are rich in quality, while its fantasy nature is truly enchanting. However, the fighting and blood make it unsuitable for children under 12.
Theron’s portrayal of the evil queen is well done, and though it’s a little difficult to see Stewart in a movie other than Twilight, her performance is solid; she’s not just a distressed princess with a British accent, but also someone who fights for what they believe in. The movie is captivating and intriguing, despite the fairly bland voice-over narration. The visual and sound effects work well, and the costumes, especially that of the evil queen, are pretty cool.
Snow White and the Huntsman definitely breathes a new life into the fairytale genre, focusing on the themes of power, greed, immortality, endurance and above all, love. Snow White and the Huntsman is a good film, but one which wont be winning any awards.