Snow White and the Huntsman is not your father’s (or mother’s) fairy tale. Having grown up with Disney’s Snow White my knowledge of the character is one of singing birds, seven dwarves and an evil queen. Interestingly enough, Snow White and the Huntsman also has birds, dwarves, and an evil queen but shakes things up by also throwing in war, trolls, fairies, a haunted forest, a huntsman, magic, super hot Charlize Theron, super hideous Charlize Theron, a Robin Hood-esque bowman and a princess who never sings, not even to the birds.
The detail and scope of the film is incredible. The effects and backgrounds reminded me more of Lord of the Rings than your average fairy tale. Snow White is played by the always mopey Kristen Stewart of Twilight fame. However, I suppose I can forgive her mopiness since she spends the majority of the film being hunted down by an evil queen who wants to eat her heart. That would be a downer for anyone. The real star however, is the aforementioned huntsman played by Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers). He starts out hunting for Snow White but very quickly reverses course and serves as her protector.
Charlize Theron plays the evil queen trying to hold onto her youth and the title of ”fairest of them all”, which calls for some suspension of disbelief because its hard to believe in a world where Stewart is “fairer” than Theron, but I digress. Theron wonderfully portrays a queen who is cold and calculating one minute and having a manic freak-out the next (her yelling and screaming felt a little over the top at times).
Overall, the film almost perfectly melded the fairy tale with what you expect in a action/fantasy. It pays homage to what you know about Snow White even breaking out the “Mirror, mirror on the wall” line. It also manages to twist traditional fairy tale enough to keep you guessing while staying true to the Snow White themes (thanks to Walt Disney) you’re familiar with. My wife and I both thoroughly enjoyed it and would definitely recommend seeing it on the big screen.