From the desk of The Movie Snob.
Snow White and the Huntsman (D). I never in a million years dreamed I would see this movie and look back fondly on Mirror, Mirror, but there it is. In this version of the fairy tale, a beautiful witch named Ravenna (Charlize Theron, Prometheus) grabs a kingdom by killing its king and locking his daughter, Snow White (Kristen Stewart, Zathura), away in a dungeon. I’m not sure why she doesn’t just have Snow White killed right then, but some years later Ravenna finds out she can use Snow White and become immortal somehow. Then Snow White escapes into the Dark Forest, and Ravenna persuades a drunken brute known only as the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, The Cabin in the Woods) to track her and bring her back. After that, it’s a long, boring slog through all sorts of hooey to get to the long, boring climactic battle. The dialogue is terrible, the romantic angle is virtually nonexistent (even though a superfluous second suitor for Snow is eventually thrown into the mix), and nothing makes much sense. I was also sad to see some real actors wasted playing the dwarfs, like Ian McShane (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) and Toby Jones (City of Ember). Stewart continues to be a not very good actress, and she’s really not the fairest of them all. Skip both this movie and Mirror, Mirror, and go see a decent fantasy movie like Brave or the recent live-action Alice in Wonderland.
P.S. Yikes! IMDB.com reports that Snow White and the Huntsman II may be in the works!