Say what you will about "Twilight" star Kristen Stewart, but it’s hard not to fall in love with this dark and mature vision of the "Snow White" fairy tale.
"Snow White and the Huntsman" is dressed up from start to finish. With a tastefully gothic art style, ample blood and war, sufficient eye candy for the ladies (Chris Hemsworth) and a new Florence + the Machine song on its soundtrack, this movie delivers. Fans of the fantasy genre will find little about which to complain in this bloody, dethroned-Princess revenge story.
The film admittedly has its limits when it comes to capturing a wide audience. People who weren’t fond of "The Brothers Grimm," "Alice in Wonderland" or even the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy will most likely want to skip this movie. Its dark, brooding atmosphere could come off as trite or corny to the unengaged viewer. For those same reasons, however, it will satisfy almost any fantasy junkie — a mythical, beast-ridden, armor-clad, knight-and-horse adventure executed this well hasn’t hit the big screen in quite some time.
Stewart makes a tolerable, if not good Snow White. Since Snow White is locked in a remote tower of her own castle after the wicked queen, Ravenna (Charlize Theron), dethrones her kingdom, she has little to smile about, which works to Stewart’s advantage, as those of you familiar with her limited arsenal of facial expressions know. After Snow White manages to escape, Ravenna summons an unlikely drunkard (Hemsworth) to hunt down and bring back Snow White so she can acquire eternal youth.
However, things don’t go as planned, and a cat-and-mouse chase to get the princess unravels with plenty of carnage and battle cries. The appearance of the Seven Dwarves, "Snow White" staples, ease the dark overtones with some Halfling humor.
If you’re looking for something a little darker than "Men in Black III" but not as awful as "Chernobyl Diaries," "Snow White and the Huntsman" will satisfy your summer fix until Spidey and Batman take over the box office again. What the film lacks in plot, complexity and character development, which are all fairly predictable, it makes up for in style and cinematography, and it proves to be an entertaining and enchanting tale. Don’t expect it to be a Peter Jackson cinema masterpiece, but don’t pass it up this summer either.