Snow White and the Huntsman
Better and more darkly imaginative than its headache of a coming-attractions trailer suggests, "Snow White and the Huntsman" follows another Snow White re-do, "Mirror Mirror," into theaters by two months and two days. That's not much time for audiences to get re-interested in another twist on a classic fairy tale. But they should.
The story elements going back to the early 19th century Brothers Grimm version remain present, with tweaks. Snow White, the daughter of the king, endures the death of her mother and acquires a stepmom (stepqueen?) in suspiciously short order. The interloper with the aging issues here carries the name Ravenna, and her magic mirror comes with advanced digital properties and shape-shifting "Terminator 2" quicksilver technology unavailable to the Grimm boys.
For years, Ravenna locks Snow White up in an unattractive wing of the seaside castle, and the kingdom goes to pot while the evil queen and her sniveling brother swan and skulk from morn to night. After a daring escape, Snow White is pursued by the huntsman of the title, under Ravenna's "or else" decree.
There are dwarfs to be met, Shakespearean echoes aplenty (
Yes, she can. No, her range isn't infinite. Certain behavioral and technical fallbacks -- the quick-exhale-then-grin, for example -- persist in fantasy roles as well as realistic ones. But from the beginning, certainly from "Into the Wild" onward, Stewart's emotional honesty and self-effacing, slightly wary charisma have served her well.
"Snow White and the Huntsman" represents an intelligent stretch for the actress best known for the teen-dating guide known as "Twilight" (three down, one to go). With respectable success, she handles a suggestion of a British dialect (she's no
This is a violent film. It's rougher, in fact, than "The Hunger Games." Ravenna, played with fierce, wild-eyed commitment by
First-time feature film director
MPAA rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality).
Running time: 2:07.
Credits: Directed by
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