Review: Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Actors: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth
Genre: Action, Adventure
Rating: PG-13
Current Location: In theaters
2/5 Robots: Makes awesome CGI boring

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

I love fairy tale movies and from the trailer Snow White and the Huntsman seemed like it was going to be a stellar movie. What happened was a mixture of great visual effects with bad story telling.

The CGI in the movie was great, but at times I felt as if that's really all the movie was. Charlize Theron was definitely the best part of Snow White but even her character grew irritating as she kept screaming shrilly every time she was on screen.

The pacing in the movie drags, and we're never really able to connect to our main characters. Kristen Stewart's performance is just another Bella Swan. My theater was packed since I saw this on opening day, and most of the time people whispered during her scenes. Even the people behind us were commenting that she was "not a good actress" or "she's just playing Bella Swan". She's more believable in the beginning of the movie as the pretty princess who gets amazed from butterflies and fairies. But towards the end of the film when she suddenly becomes Joan of Arc her performance really is unbelievable. People were laughing because no one really bought it. Although it could have been from major lack of character development. Kristen Stewart doesn't even have much dialogue in the film.

Chris Hemsworth's character suffered from the same under developed tone. We knew his back-story but we didn't really get much else. I think the audience was also left confused as to the romance behind the movie. The Huntsman is grieving over his dead wife, so when the romance between Snow White and the Huntsman kicks up it really didn't connect.

The cool aspect of the movie is this feminist approach to the story. The Evil Queen hates men for using women and she's kind of this radical feminist because of it. It's dark and twisted and kind of interesting.

Overall, I thought the movie was okay. It really isn't anything special and I wouldn't recommend running out to see it. But there was a dissenter in my midst. My mother loved the movie. So you may too. Although I liked what the girl sitting behind me said when the credits rolled: "well, that sucked." Yes, it kind of did.


  1. Is it really that bad??? I was actually really looking forward to see that movie! I was even going to ignore the fact that it was with Kristen Stewart :/

    1. Yeah, I don't know how to explain just was kind of boring. The effects were cool but that was about it. I tried so hard to ignore the fact that it was Kristen Stewart! I usually don't mind her that much, but I just didn't like her role in this. Then again, I don't think any of the characters really got much to work with besides Charlize Theron. The development just wasn't there. I would suggest seeing it though because I have seen a lot of mixed reviews for it.

  2. Oh :( too bad this one ended up being a disappointment. I really look forward to see it and I'm hoping I'll enjoy it :) !

  3. I saw a review of this movie and found out the huntsman is the one who kisses her... I thought that was fabulous! I didn't realize that was the original storyline... but if I was Snow, I'd be happy with the Huntsman OR Prince William. Amiright?

    I'm still going to see it, I like KStew, even if her movies do suck sometimes, I still enjoy watching them. Plus, Charlize Theron looks BADASS. Except for the screaming... I want to see all her cool costumes!

    1. I didn't know the Huntsman was the true kisser, but yes - I'd be pretty happy with either him or the prince :) Charlize Theron was badass! She's AWESOME in the movie! She was really the saving grace from me outwardly hating it. Her costumes were amazing too! I do hope you like it!

  4. Ha, called this. I knew this movie wasn't going to be good. Not even Charlize Theron could save this movie and she is a pretty good actress. The trailer looks fantastic and I love how much darker and serious it looks than Mirror, Mirror. I would have gone to see this film if Stewart wasn't it. She just cannot act. I know, I'm harsh on her but I feel it is true.

  5. I agree. This movie was pretty bad. Stewart is just an awkward human being. She has no idea how to take advantage of the lucky breaks she's stumbled into.

  6. I feel the exact same way, everyone I know had been ranting and raving about how amazing this movie is so I went and spent almost 50 dollars so my cousin and I could go and it wasn't worth all that money that I could have spent on something else like books! I was so angry.