To go along with my pair of posts about the two different Snow White stories, plus with Halloween in just a couple of days, it felt like the right time to write a post about the movie Snow White and the Huntsman.
As is the case with every other Snow White movie adaptation I’ve come across, this movie uses the story about a princess, her evil stepmother, and seven dwarves. However in this rendition, the huntsman character (Chris Hemsworth) is just as important as Snow White (Kristen Stewart). This film came out right after Thor and in between the final installments of Breaking Dawn, and with Charlize Theron playing the evil queen, the star power alone would have been enough to make this a box office success.
For director Rupert Sanders, this was his first ever feature length film, and what a way to break onto the scene! The visuals are sometimes dark and terrifying, and other times bright and breathtaking to show the juxtaposition between the beautiful but deadline Ravenna, whose very being poisons the land, and Snow White, who brings life wherever she goes.
I love fairy tale retellings in general, but this is one of my all-time favorites. It breathes life into the story and makes just a few subtle but powerful changes to the narrative to make it unique. Personally, I’d pay just to watch Chris Hemsworth read the phone book, but I don’t always love Kristen Stewart’s performances. However, when she wakes from her sleep ready for battle, I got chills from her speech. Charlize Theron is by far the scariest evil queen I have ever seen, and her moments of quiet are just as disturbing as when she flies into a rage.