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Whereas the Grimm version is notable for achieving large effects with minimal materials, Snow White and the Huntsman achieves modest effects with lavish cinematic tricks and a surfeit of embellishments.
Well, forgetting to put the term "entertaining" into the precis for Snow White and the Huntsman may have been the first problem.
Since seeing the Kristen Stewart vehicle earlier last week, I've been kicking around a few questions about the movie -- questions that lingered throughout the weekend. (Well, lingered until I watched Game of Thrones and Man Men -- yowza! Then the questions stopped lingering out of a lack of interest. But, now, it's Monday and linger again they do...)
"Snow White and the Huntsman," Universal Studio's new version of the Brothers Grimm classic fairy tale, isn't the lighthearted Disney-fied movie you grew up on.
The bad news is Kristen Stewart, whose performance seems transplanted from the Twilight films since she spends so much of both looking either bewildered or angst-ridden with the weight of the world on her shoulders when she isn't running for her life.
Charlize is the star to wish upon. In fact, when she is not onscreen, this movie suffers drastically from tedious, boring, clanging fights and running through disgusting forests and swimming in the dark, through holes in mountains. Ugh!
Snow White and the Huntsman is a failure both as a reinvention and a movie. It earns points for production value, Theron and Hemsworths' respective star turns, and for a promising initial reel that makes promises the film can't keep. But it goes nowhere.
Stewart's version of an empowered and proactive Snow White doesn't spend a moment cooking, cleaning and keeping house for a bunch of dwarves. Neither does she keep letting an old woman give her a poisoned apple that she stupidly eats.
For a movie based on a fairy tale, Snow White and the Huntsman is kind of grim -- or is that Grimm?
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