Snow White and the Huntsman: movie review (+video)

Some of the special effects are great, but 'Snow White' takes too long to get where it's going.

By , Film critic

  • close
    Kristen Stewart (r.), playing the fairest of them all, seems to be acting in a different era.
    View Caption

Fairy tales are often dark, but “Snow White and the Huntsman” overdoes it. Director Rupert Sanders turns the Snow White legend into an excuse for lots of muscular action and creepy-crawly histrionics.

Charlize Theron is the sinister temptress queen Ravenna, whose nemesis, Kristen Stewart’s Snow White, the murdered king’s daughter, is her chief rival in the fairest-one-of-all smackdown. Chris Hemsworth plays the huntsman who leads Snow White through the Dark Forest to Sanctuary, which is full of sprites, dwarfs (amusingly played by, among others, Bob Hoskins, Toby Jones and Eddie Marsan), enchanted cobwebs and all sort of other thingies that look as if they were trucked in from a “Narnia” movie.

Some of the fairy tale effects are marvelous; but the odyssey from darkness to light is unduly long and sloggy, and Stewart, with her contemporary edge, seems to be acting in the wrong era. Grade: C+ (Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality.)

Share this story:
 
 
Make a Difference
Inspired? Here are some ways to make a difference on this issue.
Follow Stories Like This
Get the Monitor stories you care about delivered to your inbox.
 

We want to hear, did we miss an angle we should have covered? Should we come back to this topic? Or just give us a rating for this story. We want to hear from you.

Loading...

Loading...

Loading...