June 1, 2012
By Khalil Beckwith
This movie is a blemish on the face of film as an art form itself. It should not exist and it doesn’t deserve to exist.
Despite being promoted as an action-fantasy movie, “Snow White’s” direction–an integral part of conveying the feelings of whimsy and excitement associated with the genre–is incredibly flawed. It’s like a found footage movie at times with its frantic shakiness. This doesn’t help the action scenes; it simply makes them seem unfocused and sloppy.
But Kristen Stewart’s performance as Snow White was somewhat pleasing. It finally put the question of whether she can act or not to rest. She has two faces: not pouting and pouting. Unlike in the melodrama movie–I mean “Twilight”–her limited acting range is not appropriate for her role here.
Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna happened to be one of the saving graces of the film. She gave one of the most ridiculous, laugh-out-loud performances I’ve ever seen. This movie needed some humor to attempt to balance out the awful, so Theron’s role was more than welcome.
But I’m still confused about Chris Hemsworth’s role here. He’s Thor in “Thor,” which was an OK movie. He’s way better than this. Seriously, I’m trying to understand why he was in this movie. He was just in “Avengers.” He couldn’t have needed money this bad.
At a certain point in the movie’s run time, I simply began asking myself: Why do I care what happens to the characters? It turns out that I didn’t. And then I realized there are no characters in this movie. The word “character” implies some sort of personality. But these things were mere templates of characters that the writers didn’t take any time to flesh out.
The film can be beautiful in terms of art style, but that’s about it. Excellent cinematography is all its got going for it. Every other category where one could imagine a film being good, “Snow White and the Huntsman” is horrendous. But at least it’s pretty.
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