Snow White And The Huntsman

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6.12 h 7 min2012X-RayHDRUHDPG-13
In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.
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Rupert Sanders
Starring
Kristen StewartViggo MortensenCharlize Theron
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DramaFantasyAdventureAction
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English [CC]
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Chris HemsworthSam ClaflinIan McShaneBob HoskinsRay WinstoneNick FrostSam SpruellEddie MarsanToby JonesJohnny HarrisBrian GleesonVincent ReganNoah HuntleyLily ColeLiberty RossChristopher ObiRaffey Cassidy
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Joe RothSam Mercer
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UNIVERSAL PAY TELEVISION
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PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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joel wingReviewed in the United States on January 14, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Nice imagery and makes the queen out to be more evil than in the original
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This is a new take on the Snow White story. It includes all the major elements from the original tale by the Brothers Grimm such as the evil stepmother played by Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna, her magic mirror who she asks who is the fairest of them all, the dwarves, etc. To that they add all kinds of new elements as well such as the queen having a brother Finn (Sam Spruell) and of course the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) who comes to Snow White’s (Kristen Stewart) aid.

There are plenty of good elements to the film. For one it makes out the queen to be far more evil then the original. For instance she keeps her good looks by sucking out the souls of young girls. Another is that it has some good imagery. Snow White for instance gets lost in a haunted woods full of bugs and ghosts made out of mists, etc. In fact the entire look of the movie is wet, dreary and full of mud symbolizing the evil that the queen has brought.

The movie turned out to be better than expected.
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City LightsReviewed in the United States on March 3, 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
A very fine and satisfying movie for the most part. Well worth the time and money.
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Charlize Theron delivers a consumate performance in this latest rendition of the Bros. Grimm classic.
Ms. Theron is an excellent actress who understands how to use her considerable attributes; both as a formidable, no nonsense actress who carefully deploys the enticements of her beauty with skillful subtlety and grace to achieve a devastating portrayal of her role as Queen Ravenna that is believable and as close to a level of perfection that does justice to the original spirit of the Bros. Grimm tales.

Chris Hemsworth impresses the viewer as a serious actor with unexpectedly adroit linguistic skills, showcasing his ability to achieve a convincing colloquial accent with admirable consistency. It is refreshing to observe a larger range Mr. Hemsworth's acting skills that are hindered by the Disney/Marvel depiction of Thor.

One of the most pleasing aspects of the film is the reinterpretation of the fabled magic mirror with whom Ravenna confers.
It is a spectacular and uniquely original reinvention of the mirror, which is computer rendered with frightening realism and possesses a personae that is a chilling metaphor as a literal mirror of the human psyche.

The storyline is excellent up until the appearance of the 7 dwarves.
At this point the plot reverts to a more saccharine handling of the story that is distressingly more akin to all the previous versions of Snow White which, for the most part, were dumb downed and childish.

The appallingly juevenile and cliche ridden aspects of the film are mercifully dispersed incrementally and completely discarded by the end of the movie leading up to the final showdown between Ravenna and the huntsman. We are also spared the confectioners piping bag ending of Snow White riding into the sunset with prince charming living happily ever after. If that was the case, I would have given it only 2 stars.

Ravenna's costumes and makeup are a wonder to behold.
The special effects are lusciously rendered and breathtaking; is there nothing these technical wizards of CG aren't capable of.
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KasunReviewed in the United States on October 13, 2020
2.0 out of 5 stars
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, with a dark twist. Just a couple of issues...
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I guess one of my main gripes with this is that most of the story on the characters is implied rather than shown or explained. The take on this Snow White adds some new lore while not properly introducing it. (SPOILERS AHEAD)

The Huntsman has not gotten over the loss of his wife after so many years. That said it's not mentioned how she died but implied Finn is the one that killed her, for some reason; be it a raid/personal vendetta/whatever.

Queen Ravenna is implied to be a witch/person that practices in the dark arts/just your standard magic practitioner. How she gets her power is shown, briefly but not explained. It's implied that the magic usage comes at a cost but that cost is inconsistent throughout the film. Magic in itself is not really explained in this universe but I will cover that point a little later. For some reason, we are shown a part of her past. In the same flashback she acquires her power, her village is being raided with the last known words from her mother being, "Avenge Me!" She then grows up to be a misandrist and completely forgets about her family altogether, aside from her brother, Finn.

Finn is implied to be mortally connected to his sister, though how is unknown. Apparently they share in Ravenna's collective life force, idk. The flashback only showed Ravenna offering her blood into some white liquid before she ingests it while Finn looks on in shock and mild confusion.

Apparently the life of the King or Queen or both comes with the invigorating life force of their blood, which collectively heals the land and the people within the Kingdoms. Their blood is capable of having Anime Protagonist levels of Charisma apparently.

William climbed a tree once/twice/a couple times and now he's a crackshot archer.

Onto the lore:

When Ravenna is first introduced, her carriage is surrounded by a dark army that, when killed, shatters into pieces of obsidian like shards but is able to continue to fight until they are actually "killed." This power is almost never shown again for the rest of the film. Why need a Huntsman to navigate a forest when you can send a couple of these soldiers to search for your missing princess? The only other time they are used is towards the end except now they vaguely resemble humanoid shapes, acting more like Wendigos out of Until Dawn. Again, the origin of this power is not explained, just that she has it.

Ravenna is capable of different types of magic but only under and until the Plot Armor of the verbal confirmation of "cost" is that actually shown. Somehow she's able to to summon and create these black soldiers/creatures for an extended period of time and no harmful effects are shown. Hell, even the chaotic battle scene at the end did next to nothing. Healing herself, her brother, conversing with her mirror, forcefully accelerating a heart to burst, also next to no ill affects. On the topic of the mirror, it more or less resembles a Bronze Gong than it does any mirror and is somehow connected to her powers, but that isn't explained either.
Shapeshifting into Snow White's apparent love interest, that she somehow knew even if Snow didn't at the time, then dispersing into a flock of crows, that is what accelerates her age

Magic in general is not properly introduced or tied down to anything. You have a realm of fairies that reacts instinctively to Snow White's inherent power, and yet this power is not properly explained as it is implied to be inherited from her father. Where and why does her father have it? For being a good man, is that it?

The additions of the Dark Forest and the random Bridge troll were interesting. There is a magic that exists in the forest but it is hidden under a generic, veiled interpretation of "Do not show weakness, else the forest shall seek it and exploit it." The deadliest thing shown are the ground releasing spores that cause a psychedelic reaction, depending on the dosage. It was interesting to see the trip, yet imo it was shown to last a little too long. The bridge troll seemed only to be added just to show Snow White's "power."

That's all the lore that i've seen. The messages the movie tries to convey feel a little too forced. I'll explain.

The film tries pretty hard to convey the power of women/girl power/whatever you want to call it. I normally don't have a problem with a little feminism implemented here or there to make the characters a little more badass, but this movie tries to shoehorn that pretty hard. The most glaring example of this is the character development of Snow White. She goes from this girl kept locked in a tower, now that she has escaped is perfectly fine hiking it all the way to Duke's Castle. By the end of the movie, she is clad in metal gear ready for battle.....except she has never received any proper training from anyone. Now she just knows how to fight? The only thing she was told was how to use a dagger to pierce the heart in which she replied "I could never do that."
She dies, then comes back to life, now she can do that. Convenient.

I don't usually complain about acting in most movies. If it can tell the story, i'm more than satisfied. But, there are some issues here.

The only character that I didn't like off the bat was Finn, as there was sufficiently something there that people could hate.
Ravenna was...weird. She's supposed to be a cold, poisonous dictator. That only comes about towards the end. Even with Charlize Theron taking that role, she came off as nothing but a Vain, Wannabe-Queen that's actually still a spoiled Princess. At times demented by her greed for power, but nothing really that said Evil Queen. Saying that she poisoned the land doesn't say much either, especially since it's not shown what she did.

For the most part as Kristen Stewart did alright as Snow White. But whenever she is trying to convey confusion, annoyance, anger, it all gets blended together into one awkward poker face. This is especially prevalent at the end of the film. That was a bit too much awkward silence for my liking.

Choreography and Continuity

The fight scenes aren't really that fulfilling, especially with the amount of jump cuts. On occasion, the shots are slowed down to show the power, but with that not being the real main focus of the movie, it really detracts from it rather than adding to it. One character dying looked like it had around six different takes, with each take the character exhibiting a different physical outlook before actually dying. My biggest issue here is wetness. Characters that come out of bucket in the ground filled with water or are literally in a sh*thole will then pop out said hole and be perfectly dry in full gear. Coming out of a sh*thole you literally smell like sh*t so how does that go unnoticed? Now walking around the hillside and it is misting, now you're fully drenched.

Lastly, the CGI. It's good but there is one problem: it feels like it's being used as a filler scene or sequence while not actually providing to the story. There are a couple visages of Ravenna having crows encircle her in formation then now she just has a cloak of crows, but it's actually just slime. Same thing applied to the dark soldiers at the end. It just feels like a cop out. I think that's about it.

Even with all that i think i'd still recommend it, but only rent it, don't buy it. The film is a little too long, the plot holes are as numerous as there are continuity errors.
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Common-Sense-Is-KeyReviewed in the United States on August 7, 2022
2.0 out of 5 stars
Hmm....where to start
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I have 2 big complaints about this adaptation.

1 -- Quite a lot have talked about this already, about a certain actor in this film; but I'll put it in my own words........
Just because you can act does not mean you can [actually] act.
I enjoy painting; but I'm not good at it. However, I acknowledge it & don't try to force it to "work". Not everyone has the gift or skill of a comedian, writer, artist, medical doctor, etc.
Harsh, yes. But I see no point in lying.
Chris was not the problem or Finnick (sorry not sorry but I 1st saw how talented he is in The Hunger Games so it sticks w/ me lol).

For whatever reason, Kristen just has zero on-screen chemistry w/ any actor (I've seen several of the movies she was in outside of Twilight saga). She does have her good moments; but not enough to make me love any of the roles she plays. Facial expressions are a key part & I don't see much from her. The same "range" of emotions, she can play, are seen the exact same way in ever movie she's in.
I highly doubt I'll watch anymore of her leading-role films.

2 -- So "Prince Charming" doesn't actually exist (or at least we never get any end resolution). So why then would the production team willingly add-in "true love's kiss" if you don't bother with it after?
After watching the entire film, I agree w/ so many others.......
The writers & film team have limited experience in the fantasy genre.

There were many inconsistencies & unexplained details that made me see what others were talking about. They tried giving backstory with the typical fantasy narrator, at the beginning; but that was their true extent of explaining how this universe operates.
Too many things the film introduced just did not add-up or left unexplained.
Sure, we can all infer or guess...... but that's not our job as the audience. The audience should never need to "create" or "imagine" the ending or meaning of a writer's or film maker's work........ it should be "showing" us.
Maybe Emma Watson should have played this fairytale role too!
At least she makes on-screen romance & emotional connections look real.
Jennifer Lawrence would have killed it in this role as well!
Literally almost anyone except stone-block-Stewart.
BRIAN G.Reviewed in the United States on October 12, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
POOR Packaging, contents damaged.
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I am a firm Amazon customer. I purchase a lot from them. HOWEVER, this is the second time in about a week that the same negative thing happened. This movie was packed in a large "bag" with 2 other blu-ray movies. The bag states on it, "RECYCLE this mailer just LIKE A BOX." This is likely "recycle" instructions, but . . . . this is NOT anything like is box. It's a bag. There is nothing in the bag but the 3 movies, (4 movies in the previous bag from a week ago), and they are just loose to bang around inside the bag. This bag and the one I received a week ago had damaged movies inside each bag. 4 movies in total. I out of 3 in this bag, and 3 out of 4 in the previous. I am retuning them for replacement. I hope the replacements are not packaged in the same loose manner. These are new factory sealed movies, but this sort of packaging just doesn't protect them. This is NOT how Amazon has done it in the past. And NOT how they should continue doing it now. I will remain an amazon customer, but unless they change this cheap packaging, to a protective packaging, I can't see continuing to buy my movies from Amazon. Please Amazon, I'm not a whiner. Just do this better, like you have in the past. Please. A loyal customer.
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cmReviewed in the United States on October 15, 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
A Dwarf - PLEASE!
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So bad I could not make it through. Story is insipid (Has anyone bothered to read the fairy tale?), Snow White should at least be pretty, not barely attractive. I know that imitation is to be considered flattery, but Hollywood needs to stop trying to make money simulating Lord of the Rings. These writers are as far from Tolkien as this sound stage is from Middle Earth. Waste of a true pretty face, Charlize Theron, and a good looking young "Huntsman". Even the beefcake doesn't make it worth wasting 2 hours.
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2birdsReviewed in the United States on October 23, 2022
3.0 out of 5 stars
Kristen Stewart is the worst!
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The evil queen rocks it and is above and beyond the caliber of Stewart. I cannot understand why they would think to cast Bella as Snow White? WTF? She was washed up by the second Twilight. In fact the whole cast is indeed 5 stars without her. She could not even get the accent right! First, Snow White is suppose to be the essence of light and pure life.....Kristen Stewart? LOL ! I guess for being a kid locked in a tower for 10 years, they got it right with an anorexic actress with a sunken face that looks like she just crawled out of a cave. SPOILER: I suppose if they had cast a more compelling snow white I would have gotten lost in the story and not noticed how stupid the end was with this PURE girl deciding to put chain mail on and fight the queen. But up until then, it was an enjoyable storyline while painfully enduring the bad acting of Kristen Stewart.
Chopper DoctorReviewed in the United States on March 1, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Not a bad version of the story but she is no Snow White
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Excellent special effects. The story and magic of Snow White reimagined turned out pretty good. Between Charlize Theron doing an amazing job and Kristin Stewart failing to develop her character throughout, I found the final scenes lacking in credibility. Kristin Stewart is no leader, she has no command of the stage or the people in it.
Spoiler ahead.
I honestly regret buying the movie instead of renting it now because I have a hard time stomaching watching her progress from being locked up in a tower and eluding magical guards with a somehow stored up physical prowess, to being high in the forest, to having a magical moment petting a stag (like what is that about?) in the fairy glade, to kissing on her childhood friend (with zero romantic history/dating experience) who doesn't even turn out to be her prince charming, and then storming the castle in what, a week's time? What?
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