Capsule Movie Review – Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
by HELEN GEIB
Snow White and the Huntsman is a movie in search of a story. It flirts with a half dozen possibilities: traditional fairy tale re-imagined; earth healing, Princess Mononoke style; Joan of Arc re-imagined; cage match pitting the feminist icon of today’s teenage girl against her mom’s; succubus serial killer; medieval Roman Holiday. This is storytelling by committee out of focus group. Simply identifying the story models imposes a clarity the film sorely lacks. In conception and execution, Kristen Stewart’s Snow White is too much a slip of a girl adrift in the big bad world to pull the pieces together by force of personality. Costumes, production design, and sound design are all predictably good, but no flashes of magic in the visuals can distract from the slack pacing. The movie flickers to life in occasional scenes owned by Charlize Theron as the evil queen or Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman, and in the few scenes enlivened by the dwarves (played by actors who should never have so little screen time: Bob Hoskins, Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Ray Winstone, Eddie Marsan). Snow White’s contest with the queen and her romance with the huntsman are the story’s primary dramatic elements; both suffer from remarkably unsatisfying resolutions.
1 1/2 stars
One thing I liked and one thing I didn’t like In appearance, with her coloring and slightly gaunt features, Stewart is the perfect choice to play a Snow White who’s spent the last 10 years locked in a turret dungeon. Her overnight transformation into Woman Warrior was laughable.