This sure isn’t your parents’ fairytale anymore!
Universal’s SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is a darker, edgier re-imagination of the classic fairytale.
Another historical rewrite. Except this time it’s served up as an epic action-adventure—yet still rated PG-13 to make it accessible to wide audiences.
We all know the story.
Here evil, age-defying queen Charlize Theron is taking over the kingdom in a brutal way while thriving for eternal life and beauty.
"You cannot defeat me, I’ve lived too many lives," she says.
But after learning from the magic mirror that her own (recently escaped from the tower) stepdaughter (Kristen Stewart as Snow White) is in fact the fairest of them all, Theron goes ballistic.
Making matters worse, the young one has escaped and is now seeking refuge in the dark forest which effectively prevents the Queen from eliminating her. Seems none of her knights care much for taking exploratory trips into the spooky forest.
It will take only the best huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to destroy the raving beauty. But HE’s switching sides and training Ms. Snow W. in the art of warfare.
And while there is a poisonous apple and a Princes’ magical kiss, this movie marks a grim departure from Disney’s-‘take’—not to mention the Brothers Grimm.
Oh, there are dwarfs alright. But no signs of a Grumpy, Sleepy or Dopey here. These little guys are portrayed by regular-size guys including Bob Hoskins, Eddie Marsan and Ian McShane among others—and they pull it off!
It’s SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, with elaborate action and battle scenes, fantasy and visual effects. The psychological action-reboot scores 3 out of 5 age-defying fingers.
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