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  • I know Snow White head to heels because I used to sketch her often in my notebooks as a child
  • The atmosphere it makes accepts a dusky reality that awkwardly mingles with fantasy, but which unfortunately calls for historical depth to a purely literary story and which it fails to live up to


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      We all have an iron memory of Disney’s Snow White, the animated film that conceived the enduring image of a wide-eyed princess garbed in puffed sleeves and beribboned hair. I know Snow White head to heels because I used to sketch her often in my notebooks as a child. The storybooks I read were based on that same image, unaware that Snow White originated from the Grimm’s brothers. I remember watching the Disney movie with scorn over Snow White’s operatic singing voice. Today I’m way too old to watch a fairytale. But you’ll see none of it in the new Snow White and the Huntsman. The movie is a contender to the

      classic fairytale for the mature audience, and it serves up plenty of action and stunning visual effects.

      The tale opens with the basic premise of a kingdom seized by an evil queen, whose stepdaughter’s surpassing beauty, described in the same similes that compare her to the colors ebony and blood, threatens the queen’s vanity. The magic mirror has its own ostentatious effects, a liquid gold that transfigures to a tall pillar shaped like a man. I would have bought a better mirror – it reflects rather badly – but the queen takes heed to the magic mirror’s advice like it’s the last word. Snow White turns out to be a runaway princess, not the gullible girl out for slaughter, narrowly escaping the guards after years of incarceration. The movie injects some nerves of steel into Snow White. She’s braver and stronger, but also vulnerable. Her escape gives way to an epic journey in which she encounters the Huntsman, elves and a fairyland inhabited by fantasy creatures.

      The queen’s guards intermittently appear to capture Snow White, and the chase stretches too long without propelling the plot forward, much less to an apparent destination. I sigh when Snow White’s band finally settle to finding the Duke’s castle. Kristin Stewart is remotely affecting as Snow White and worse, even, when she opens her mouth. Her hasty manner of speaking destroys ...


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      the eloquence of the dialogue. The huntsman, whom I call Thor because apparently I forgot the actor’s name, props up the lead role’s morbid performance.

      The deranged queen is the source of all this chaos, an over-the-top portrayal by Charlize Theron. Her character would be more believable had the screenwriters framed her insanity on selfish jealousy and narcissism. But they exploited the character for added effect, as if her fits of hysterics weren’t enough. The aging queen is depicted as someone cursed and whose life and powers are sustained through beauty. That’s certainly a valid reason to have her sucking people’s beauty and youth as a kind of rejuvenating potion. But these

      are just hollow effects; there’s no need to rationalize the queen’s doings, as though her life depended on Snow White. She’s crazy – that’s it.

      The film succeeds in keeping the story watchable and entertaining. Romance is suppressed, which is an agreeable change. The atmosphere it makes accepts a dusky reality that awkwardly mingles with fantasy, but which unfortunately calls for historical depth to a purely literary story and which it fails to live up to. Quite the contrary, a worldlier interpretation of Cinderella that subverted the fairytale plot from which it’s based was the film Ever After, although it was too romantic and schmaltzy. This is a very good film, but not the fairest.




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Azriel says :

This book was taken a bit too far from the expected Snow White Story we all know as a Kid. It sure was more on how she managed to survive being hunted and it sure was because the huntsman let her off the hook. The story was of good quality, it just bothered me so much that it was Kristin Stewart that played the role of this beloved Princess. It did not suit her. But then, Everyone did a good job at their roles that it still was quite better than expected.

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Moe says :

Like you said Kristen Stewart was not a good choice for the role of the Princess and brought the movie down, however I watched it for Charlize Theron (Snow White’s stepmother). She was stunning in her role and truly brought something new to the character. The cinematography of the movie also was very impressive and thus the movie turned out to be a bit of a surprise treat for me.

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Chanya Karunagoda says :

re : The atmosphere it makes accepts a dusky reality that awkwardly mingles with fantasy, but which unfortunately calls for historical depth to a purely literary story and which it fails to live up to
sniw white has alwats been my favourite since I was a child. But I love the fact that they re-created the movie without just copying the same story with different actors. i loved the plot and I also loved cast of the movie. I think the villain(stepmother) did her role the best. Also how the huntsman was the savior and not a prince. The film also clearlt shows us the struggles snow white goes through to survive but unlike in the classic"snowhite" she is not a innocent girl, she is a strong woman who is willing to kill.

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