Snow White and the Hunstman is both imaginative and enticing, a fresh take on an old story with breathtaking design elements to boot. The same can’t be said for the overall plot structure or the emotional depth of the characters, but star power and the human love of mythical fairy tales will keep this new movie sizzling at the box office.
After enchanting the king, doing away with him on their wedding night, and then stealing the throne of the waterfront kingdom, the evil Ravenna (Charlize Theron) has no plans to give up her power or her beauty; she is, after all, obsessed with being the fairest in the land. Unfortunately for her, the magic mirror shows her that there is a threat to position of beauty power: Snow White (Kristen Stewart), her dead hubby’s daughter, is about to usurp the most beautiful title. Thus, the mean queen must find a way to do away with her. She finds a drunken Hunstman (Chris Hemsworth) and promises to give him what he most desires in exchange for Snow White. And thus begins the adventure.
Snow White and the Hunstman is aesthetically stunning, beautifully staged and filled with fascinating details; the magic mirror is a golden plate that morphs into a talking, life-sized statue which is definitely a creative way of designing one of the most famous aspects of the fairy tale made most famous by Disney. The color scheme drifts between striking dark shades and accents of bold hues, a true feast for the eyes. Yet despite all the fantastic visuals, the plot is a bit mucky and tired for the majority of the middle of the film and the acting is not quite up to snuff in terms bringing the characters to life, but then again Evan Daugherty’s script doesn’t give the actors too much to work with in this department. Bottom line: although by no means one of the top action movies of the summer, Snow White and the Hunstmen is battle-filled and visually fabulous enough to make up for the one-dimensional cast of characters and questionable narrative structure.