(KTSF by Sean Au)
Recall that it was just two months ago that we saw the first of two distinctly different versions of the Snow White fairy tale in “Mirror Mirror?” The second of the two, “Snow White And The Huntsman,” has made it in time for the summer.
Here’s how the story goes in this one: The father of Snow White (Kristen Stewart), the King, has been murdered by the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron). Long relying on her beauty and black magic to destroy kingdoms, the Evil Queen holds Snow White captive for years, all the while sucking the essence from the lives of virgins and drinking fresh blood from animals, to maintain her beauty. Snow White manages to escape into the dark forest. The huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) initially agrees to the Queen’s request, fooled into thinking that she can help bring back his dead wife. But he is captivated by Snow White’s resilience and purity and ends up being her protector.
In this version, Snow White is a warrior princess who leads her men to regain control of the kingdom. Kristen Stewart of “Twilight” fame channels a ferocity that emerges from initial fear and doubt, while Charlize Theron’s caricature queen comes with a certain fear of aging and being abandoned, adding a slight depth to her character, though good as she is, tends to overact her furious scenes.
Laden with impressive special effects, the movie adds unnecessary weight to a story that lacks imagination and a heart. Simply put, “Snow White And The Huntsman” feels like someone shouting a story to you when you already know what is going to happen.
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.
Video courtesy of Universal Pictures.