Review: “Snow White and the Huntsman” – Fairest of them all? Eh!

So my good friend, Watty, is back in town so that she can attend the GCLS Conference in Minneapolis.  I just picked her up from the airport today.  (And what an experience it was trying to get to the international terminal at O’Hare!)  After we got back to the house and she distributed the goodies she’d brought back for us – Yay for Katherine Jenkins’ CDs – Watty and I decided to go catch a movie.

“Snow White and the Huntsman”

Now, I’ve said for months that I’ve wanted to see this movie based on the trailer – it just looked like a movie that Charlize Theron would dominate.  I love me some Charlize Theron!

So we hunkered down in the near-empty theatre with our way too large Diet Cokes and waited for the movie to begin.  We both decided that it’s absolutely necessary to see “Total Recall” when it’s released.  Watty says it’s because she like Colin Farrell – he must have good hair in this…or something.  (She has a strange fetish for men with good hair.  I don’t get it.)  On the other hand, I feel the need to see this movie for Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel.  ME-OW!!

Ahem…back on topic.

I won’t go into lots and lots of detail.  The movie is still pretty new and I don’t want to spoil things.

Overall, it was a good movie.  I wouldn’t call it great.  But, it was good.  I don’t feel like I wasted my money.  So, that’s always positive.  I liked the special effects and much of the camera work.  There have been so many instances where the FX and cinematography get too choppy to really follow what’s happening – or they completely take away from the storytelling.  I thought they did a nice job with that.

Charlize Theron was the fairest of them all.  Even when they aged her, the striking beauty shown through.  But, oh, how good she is at being bad!  What I found very interesting about this character is that I actually had sympathy for her.  While I wanted her to be defeated at the end, I didn’t want her to be destroyed.  Theron adds just the right amount of humanity to the character to give the slightest of peeks through the evil.  The added flashback to her childhood didn’t hurt, either.

Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman added some very nice layers to his character.  He was a hero who was both confident and fallen – and he moved back and forth between these two character dimensions nicely.  His character development was delightfully subtle.

Then there is Kristen Stewart.  Fortunately, the movie did not really require much dialogue from our raven-haired heroine.  However, I will give her credit for her “rally the troops” monologue.  It was well delivered and she actually broke through her normal “I-have-but-one-level-of-emotion” acting method.  However, I really think she just might have been terribly miscast.  I really wanted to see more spunk and fire from this Snow White.  Plus, she needed to believable as someone who could, in fact, be fairer than the Evil Queen!

Charlize Theron vs Kristen Stewart for the “Fairest of them All” and they expect us to believe that it’s Kristen Stewart?!  Puh-lease!

But, let’s be fair.  Charlize Theron vs Anyone…who’s going to be fairer?  Nine times out of ten, it will be Charlize.  Thems just the facts!

Then again…Kate Beckinsale.  Hmmmmmm.

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