Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) Dir. Rupert Sanders


By the 1/3 of the movie, I was bored out of my senses. I was also hoping the characters would not utter another word. Or sheepishly gaze at each other – a trick the screenwriters executed every freaking time they did not know how to fill up the dialog gaps. This movie is like a stale piece of bread – edible, but you take no pleasure from it, whatsoever.

The better part of the movie screams of Lord of the Rings rip-off. The dark forest, the marshes, the Ringwraiths, the horse chase when Snow White (Kristen Stewart) disturbingly resembles Arwen during the exact same chase. Plus, the Dwarves are reminiscent of the hobbits, and William (Sam Claflin) and the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) of Aragorn and Boromir. There is not a drop of originality here.

Putting all that aside, what is the message? The creators focused immensely on the evil queen (Charlize Theron) and her long, pointless rants about beauty. To prolong youth, to sustain beauty, to stretch out the life — in the story, all these drives are false, wrong, even despicable motivations, leading to corruption (an evil, corrupted person is an ugly, wrinkly person). On the other hand, the myth of beauty is alive and well. We reject and frown upon a body that is not young, smooth, and firm. Could the movie judge us in such a crude and simple way for our beauty craze? After all, one of the greatest beauties in Hollywood is the evil queen, whereas an average-looking actress (by far, the least beautiful in the conventional way) plays the “fairest of them all.” Even if the picture intends to teach us a lesson it fails to capture our imagination and interest us in the all-too-familiar fairy tale. You might as well skip this one.

Long days, pleasant nights,

Veronica Bazydlo

3 thoughts on “…vileness

  1. Bazil says:

    The film is definitely heavy on style and light on substance, but I like to watch something like that from time to time… if it’s well executed. Here, pacing is poor and the story is boring, so we are left with some beautiful imagery that sadly is all already spoiled by the film’s numerous trailers. I was really looking forward to this one as I like twisted takes on fairy tales but it disappointed me. There are some things to like in this film but I would totally recommend watching a very underrated “Mirror Mirror” instead.

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