And that’s a shame. I really wanted to like this movie. I had reservations when hearing the cast list; I’m not a huge fan of Charlize Theron and considering everything I’ve seen so far of Kristin Stewart’s was not very good (except for Panic Room, that was kinda fun), I wasn’t too excited about this movie. And if you’re a fan of Stewart’s, I’m not saying she’s a bad actress. I do think that she is best suited for a certain type of role and this was not it.
So, first the good: Charlize Theron was great as the wicked queen and Colleen Atwood did an amazing job on her costumes. Chris Hemsworth was a fantastic choice as the Huntsman. The dwarves seemed a bit underutilized, especially considering the talent they had involved (Nick Frost, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane, Eddie Marsan), but still a really fun addition. And the look of the movie was gorgeous! Very dark and gloomy at the castle and slightly surreal in the forest.
And now the bad. I suppose Stewart can’t be wholly blamed for my dislike of Snow White (but she didn’t help). I just don’t think the film makers really knew what to do with the character. She’s spent half her life living in a prison. We see her be weirdly seductive to one of her captors when she escapes, but once she ends up with the dwarves, we start hearing about how innocent she is and that she’s supposed to be life itself. Or something. I don’t know, it was weird. Stewart is not the actress you want playing sweet and innocent. No fault of hers, she just doesn’t have the face for it. (Slightly related- thinking Kristin Stewart could ever be considered fairer than Charlize Theron? Um, no.) And then when she leads the attack against the castle, all I could think was “what?”. She’s already told the Huntsman she didn’t think she could kill anyone but she’s all of a sudden ok with leading a battle charge, in full armor, and wielding a sword? Keep in mind that she hasn’t been out of prison that long either. So like I said, I don’t really think the film makers knew what they were doing with her. They were trying to keep the sweet innocence of the traditional Snow White while also turning her into some sort of warrior princess. It could been done well but it wasn’t.
Ultimately, the good and bad bits kinda canceled each other out. I’ll be watching the movie again to see if my opinion changes, although I don’t think it will. I have also heard talk of a sequel- without Kristin Stewart. I would be willing to see that but if she’s not going to be involved because of that mess with the director, hopefully he is going to be replaced as well. Only fair, right?