Thursday, July 12, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman

Maybe it's because at the end Kristen Stewart got beat up a bit, but I really like Snow White and the Huntsman.  The story-line may have been a little cliched, and Kristen Stewart is Kristen Stewart, but it was visually stunning and fun.

Oh yeah, that's Nick Frost as a Dwarf
The Disney cartoon is version that most people are familiar with, but Disney's film didn't quite fit the mood of the original tale.  Snow White and the Huntsman did.  It was much darker and dipped into the rich heritage of Germanic fairy-tales.  A lot was added to the film that wasn't in the original story, but it stayed fairly true to the genre.  In a time where most writers/directors like to "re-imagine" and alter classics to give them a more modern feel, Snow White and the Huntsman did a good job of keeping it real.  Yeah, I went there.

Charlize Theron did a great job at bringing the crazy home.  You knew something happened to her in her childhood that messed her up, and once she learned all that dark magic, it sent her off the deep end.  She was creepy and believable.  If you met her in a dark alley (or anywhere else, for that matter), you would not want to be there with her.

Maybe it's because of my fascination with Marvel and Norse history, but I like Chris Hemsworth as an actor.  He's a drunk whose lost it all, and finally finds a cause worth living for.  Is it a tire old cliche just like the phrasing in this question?  Of course.  But he plays the part well and draws you into the story.

The Dwarfs were awesome.  They provided a great comic relief, and also drew the audience in to care.  Before their introduction, all we had to care about was a princess with issues and a Huntsman who really didn't care too much himself.  The Dwarfs were the last of their people, and represented the bridge between humanity and an as yet unblemished nature.

As I've said above, Kristen Stewart is Kristen Stewart.  She was definitely the low point in the movie, but you go in expecting it.  Her acting wasn't great, and it seemed like they tried to hard to include the apple from the original story.  Other than that, I didn't have any complaints about the movie.  It was well done, and I will admit that I'm looking forward to seeing the potential sequel that is currently in the works.

Sorry, just had to throw this in there.  Wait, why am I apologizing?  You should be thanking me for the hearty laugh this caused.  And since laughter is good for your health, you should really be thanking me.  I will send you an itemized medical bill tomorrow.

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