The beautiful and peaceful Kingdom of Tabor is ruled by King Magnus (Noah Huntley) and his Queen Eleanor (Liberty Ross). Queen Eleanor gives birth to their daughter Snow White and she is loved by the entire kingdom – for her beauty and kindness. The Queen dies when Snow White is a little girl.
The King rescues a woman from the Dark Army – Ravenna (Charlize Theron). He falls in love and marries her quickly. On her wedding night, Ravenna kills the King and seizes control over the Tabor. Snow White’s childhood friend William tries to save her but it is too late – she is taken captive and he and his father are barely able to escape.
Ravenna, a powerful sorceress now rules the Kingdom with her brother Finn (Sam Spruell) as her righthand man. Snow White is locked away for many years, until the Queen’s Magic Mirror tells her that if she takes Snow White’s soul she will become immortal and Ravenna decides to kill her. Snow White breaks away from Finn and escapes into the Dark Forest, and Ravenna is furious with Finn and orders him to find her immediately. Because Ravenna has no power in the Dark Forest, they need the help of someone else and they decide on Eric the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), a drunkard who is still grieving the death of his wife. Ravenna promises to bring his wife back from the dead and only then he agrees.
Meanwhile, news that Snow White is alive reaches the Duke and his son William (Sam Claflin), and William immediately leaves on his own to go search for her.
Eric catches Snow but quickly starts to question why the Queen wants her so bad. He and Snow flee into the forest to escape Finn and find a fishing village where the women disfigure themselves to not be hunted by Ravenna. Eric realises who Snow White really is and decides to leave. The village is attacked by Finn and his soldiers and Eric returns and saves her. they flee firther into the forest. William, who infiltrated Finn’s army in the hope of saving Snow White, sees them dissapear.
In the forest they meet the Dwarves, who ties them up. One of the Dwarves, the ancient Muir, senses that Snow White is the daughter of king Magnus and that she can defeat Ravenna, and they head into a fairy sanctuary.
In the fairy Sanctuary one of the dwarves is killed when he jumps in front of an arrow to save Snow White. William finally joins the party and they head to Duke Hammond’s castle. On the way there, Ravenna disguises herself as William and tricks Snow into eating a poisoned apple. Desperately, William kisses Snow in the hopes of awakening her but it doesn’t work, and they take her to the Castle where she lies in sleep. Heartbroken Eric tells her his story and finally kisses her, and she awakens. Snow rallies the Duke’s Army and they head to fight Ravenna.
Will the army be able to kill Ravenna? Will the Kingdom become whole again?
I enjoyed the new take on the classic fairytale. It is a lot more girl power than the Disney version, and both female leads were strongly written.
I’m sure that there were loads of better actresses that could have portrayed Snow White better than Kristen Stewart. In Snow White and the Huntsman her acting is remarkably better than in all the Twilight movies, but she still leaves me unmoved. The speech after Snow White wakes up is very uninspiring. I would not be motivated by the screeching sound that emits from Kristen Stewart when she needs to make an impassioned speech. Once again she only manages to look constipated.
Ravenna is a fantastic character with intense issues with men. Charlize Theron was well cast for this – she does the icy beauty to perfection. Her anger and madness makes you sense the deep rooted hate Ravenna has for anything male. I am not sure how they plan to justify Snow White being more beautiful than the Queen – Charlize is simply stunning even in her 40s (I hope I’m right with the age!)
Now, my bestie is likely to tell you that I have a tendency to gush about Chris Hemsworth – no idea WHAT she is talking about – but OMFG he is damn hot. In Snow White and the Huntsman it was pretty much the voice above all else – not discounting how he rocks the dirty man look – but suddenly I am really appreciating the generally annoying Aussie accent. Back to his acting: I thought it was decent. As mentioned before, he delivers better acting than what would be his typecast performances. Let’s take another Twilight alumni for example – Kellan Lutz, who is fine to look at and good at throwing things around but not much else. I also thought Sam Claflin fits perfectly into the fairytale prince. I felt genuinely sorry that he didn’t get the girl, but Eric was a much better match for Snow.
The storyline did seem a bit unclear at times, and does drag some. It is filmed in the dark fairy-tale mood that is so popular right now and works relatively well. I liked the how disgusting the dark forest was and also how beautiful the Fairy sanctuary (or whatever) was. The dwarves were cute. The furry apple still makes me feel slightly sick. It still does. I really liked how the mirror was portrayed.
What did you think?