SNOW WHITE & THE HUNTSMAN
Genre: Fantasy Action
Premise: After escaping from the evil Queen (Charlize Theron), Snow White (Kristen Stewart) must brave dark forests, magical creatures, and a hunky Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to lead her kingdom in rebellion and reclaim the crown that is rightfully hers.
Behind-the-Scenes: This is the second Snow White-themed movie of the year after March's Mirror Mirror. Luckily, the two movies don't share too many similarities.
The Good: The visuals. Excellent creature design, with original takes on trolls, fairies, and mystical bucks. The cinematography and production design are top notch. The 8 dwarves (yes, 8!) are all played by recognizable British character actors like Ian McShane, Nick Frost, and Toby Jones, and it's fascinating to see how the filmmakers seamlessly blend their heads onto dwarf bodies.
The Bad: The script. All of the characters are underdeveloped and poorly written, leaving the actors to fill in the gaps with their personality. Hemsworth succeeds best, but his Huntsman character is rendered worthless within five minutes. He's hired to find Snow White, and he does right away. There's nothing left for him to do after that. Theron is the right actress for the Queen, but she takes the wrong approach, alternating between bitchy monotone and screechy hysterics, with no middle ground. The real ire must be directed to Stewart though. Yes, Snow White is a nothing character - others keep referring to her as the "one" and that's really her only trait. But Stewart is miscast and can't handle many of the bigger scenes required of her. The story is repetitive and the action uninteresting. The climactic battle is a big snooze.
Should You See It?: Unfortunately, no. I wanted this one to be much better.
Rating: ** out of 5 stars.