The evil Queen Ravenna (Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron) will rule forever if she can take the life of Snow White (Kristen Stewart), so she dispatches the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to track her down. But the wicked ruler never imagined that the Huntsman would train the girl to become a brave warrior, skilled in the art of war.
Another quiet Monday night around here so I decided to put in one of the two copies of this that I must have recently bought. Yes, two. Yes, I do this too often. Yes, the spare copy is in the giveaway box now! Anyway…I bought it twice so I must have thought it was going to be a good movie, right? Well, I’m assuming so.
Luckily for me, I was right. This is a good film. Closer to the Brothers Grimm version of the story than the Disney version, this movie was dark, it was gritty, and it held my attention right until the end. The emotions tugged when they were supposed to and I may have reached for a tissue once or twice. Of course, I nearly jumped out of my skin once too. I’m counting that as a really good thing. A movie should be able to invoke those sorts of reactions from the viewers.
If I have one complaint, it’s Kristen Stewart’s performance. I’m afraid that as an actress she just doesn’t have the depth that the rest of her cast mates do. Her speech towards the end, which was meant to inspire the masses to go to war, fell absolutely flat for me. I kept thinking that I wouldn’t follow her into a McDonald’s (a place I don’t love) let alone into battle. Other than that, I have nothing but good things to say about the rest of the cast. They knew there parts and in this film, they lived them.
As for the synopsis saying that Snow White becomes a brave and skilled warrior? Well, that’s a stretch, but good that’s just good marketing. I’ll give her a level of proficient. She’s probably not going to stab herself in the foot if you hand her a sword. For a girl who spent most of her life the way that she did, I’d say that’s pretty darn good.
So, my take? If you’re looking for a darker version of the fairy tale, have a couple of hours free, and you don’t mind Kristen Stewart’s total lack of expression, pick this one up. It’s available on BluRay and DVD now…ask me how I know… Also, if you’re at all behind on technology, do not try to watch this in an XBox One. Again, ask me how I know…I’ve never felt so inept in my life. Even now, I can’t figure out how to get back to the home screen. Where are teenagers when you need them?
Seriously though, it’s a film that’s worth picking up and putting on your shelf. I know that Ross recently went and saw the prequel/sequel (yes, it’s both!) so keep an eye open for his review. I happen to have a free Fandango pass to go see it, so you may just see one from me too!
Geek-o-Rama did not receive a free copy of this movie for the purpose of this review. Katrina was a total dork and managed to buy two copies. If you’re interested in possibly winning her “bonus” copy, make sure that you like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and follow us on Instagram. Giveaways are planned for target likes and follows!