I really enjoyed Maleficent, the re-imagining of Sleeping Beauty. I had hoped that Snow White and the Huntsman would also live up to or even exceed the original. I was greatly disappointed. I can’t imagine a more disparate acting performance in the same movie than Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart.
Charlize Theron was incredible as the evil step-mother. She played the batsh*t crazy really well – like almost too well. On the flip side was Kristen Stewart. I have a feeling that the director threw up his hands and just crossed out most of her lines and told her to walk around a look pretty – which to her credit, Stewart did well at that.
The downside to that was Stewart played Snow White – the title character. As such she had way too much screen time. I would have greatly preferred to see the evil queen’s backstory. Was she always loony toons or did something happen to cause her to snap – twice the writers indicated it was the latter. The first was her insistence that all men are evil. The second was a completely incoherent flashback that didn’t fit in with the story and only served to confuse viewers more.
A focus on Theron would have made for a better movie – obviously she would have been on the screen more, while simultaneously giving us a better background for her character. And the story would have made more sense – a little background on her magic, how she murdered the king would make sense, why the heck is she insane. Even knowing the story going in didn’t help – the writers managed to make it a jumbled mess of a plot.
Snow White and the Huntsman was visually stunning. The special effects almost made it worthwhile to sit through the writing and Stewart’s strolls. Almost. If they had focused on the evil queen, I think that might have been a good movie and it would have highlighted Theron’s performance. Instead it was not worth your time.
WWYT Rating: 5.0
IMDB Rating: 6.1