Daniel "Pinto" Gunderson, the producer of the Mike McFeely Show, gives a review of the movie Snow White and the Huntsman.
This weekend’s movie was Snow White and the Huntsman and I’m going to throw this out there right away. I have never been a huge fan of someone taking a fairy tale story and telling it in their own way.
It is always my opinion that Disney did it right the first time and don’t mess with it. I go into every movie with an open mind, but I was a bit nervous that this movie was going to ruin it for me.
The movie starts out with a background that includes the birth of Snow White (Kristen Stewart), how Ravenna (Charlize Theron) became Queen and why everybody fears her so much. While Ravenna is in rule, Snow White is being held captive but escapes away from the castle and gets lost in the Dark Forest.
The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is hired by Ravenna to go find Snow White, but when he does find her, he realizes that Ravenna is not going to hold up her end of the bargain and decides to leave both Ravenna and Snow White behind.
Snow White convinces him to help her, however, and the two make way for Duke Hammond’s (Vincent Regan) land so they can gather the people to fight against Ravenna. Along the way they meet up with a gang who they befriend to help them out. I’ll give you one guess as to who the gang is.
Fun Fact: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was the first animated feature (1937) from Walt Disney.
What I Liked:
Like I mentioned before, I am always cautious about movies like this. This is even a bigger risk as it’s the first feature film by director Rupert Sanders. What was my biggest fear, however, became my biggest enjoyment as the film did not delve too far from the original story.
You still have the seven dwarfs, the poison apple and true loves kiss awakening Snow White. I knew what was going to happen next but there were still surprises along the way. Rupert also does a great job of making the movie dark enough for adults to enjoy, but not so dark that you would be afraid to take your 10-year-old to the movie.
The best part about the whole story would have to be the dwarfs. Obviously, an intricate part of the original Disney movie, there was no way Sanders could make this movie without including them. The way they were introduced and their characters in the film were the best part of the whole story.
What I Didn’t Like:
Ravenna has a brother named Finn (Sam Spruell), who is more or less her minion. He does as she asks and lives a charmed life because of it. Like his sister, he never grows old, seemingly possessing her same blessing, or curse, depending on how you look at it.
What I don’t understand and I wished the movie would have explained this, was how he came in possession of this power. The movie does explain how Ravenna did, but Finn? We only see a glimpse of him as a child as he watches his sister take on everlasting beauty.
Because of this power, he is essentially healed of all scraps, cuts and bruises through her power. If that’s the case, than why not do that with everybody? Obviously a ridiculous question, but I wanted to know why only he was able to have that power.
GO = Go See It!
Great story, exciting fight scenes, the dwarfs provide the comedic relief and Kristen Stewart is pretty without being so amazingly beautiful that you can’t believe she is Snow White. This movie also takes you away from the rehashing of stories you have already seen (MIB: III) and you’re probably going to go see (The Amazing Spider-Man).
Theron is amazing actress and crushes it as the evil queen and Chris Hemsworth does a great job as The Huntsman, fitting the bill for what you would expect. The PG-13 rated is due to all the violence and scenes in the Dark Forest, which get pretty intense. Otherwise, I would say a relatively good movie for the entire family.
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