Snow White and the Huntsman Movie Night

On Tuesday night I was all set to watch this movie after work, but the DVD wouldn’t play!  So I had to take it back and exchange it for another one.  The customer service person told me it was possible they got a ‘bad batch’ of the movie, and if the exchanged one also didn’t work, my next move should be to take it back to a different store where they were more likely to have a ‘good batch’.  At that point I began to question how much I really needed to see the damned thing.  I mean the movie sleeve shows an angst ridden Kristen Stewart looking glum, Chalize Theron all poised and gorgeously, wickedly evil, and a hatchet wielding Chris Hemsworth ready to kill somebody.  Or something.  That part isn’t clear.  But really, I already know the story, right?

Well not really.  The second DVD worked just fine, and I was pleasantly surprised by some of the delightful twists and turns as I watched it last night.  But here’s the most delightful thing of all – Kristen Stewart.  Give the girl kudos for this one.  She is good.  And she almost smiles a couple of times.  Even though she sees her dead father with a bloody knife embedded in his heart and is locked up in the north tower of the castle for half  of her young life, escapes to the perils of the dark forest, and has her life saved by one of the dwarves when he sacrifices his own for her.  Then there’s the small matter of her heart being a big part of the wicked queens quest for immortality.  There is not a lot to smile about.

I love the fact that it’s not the prince who breaks the poisoned apple spell.  If that’s a spoiler, sorry.  And the ending isn’t exactly happily ever after either, but you get the feeling that it’s a definite possibility.

And then there’s this – beautiful and haunting music to go with a rather sad part.

 

Maybe you won’t be blown away by this movie as the sleeve suggests, but I don’t think you’ll be unmoved by it either.  There’s some incredibly beautiful bits and some excellent special effects.  For lots of reasons,  I want to watch it all over again.

6 thoughts on “Snow White and the Huntsman Movie Night

  1. I’m glad you didn’t have to go through one copy to finally watch this film! That would have definitely made me feel like it wasn’t worth the watch if I had to exchange so many copies. I haven’t seen it just yet, but I do plan on watching it this weekend after I get it in the mail with my Blockbuster @Home package. If I like the rental, than I’ll decide from there if it’s worth purchasing. You are one of the few reviewers I’ve come across to also give Kristen Stewart kudos for this film. A lot of people I come across, like coworkers of mine at Dish, say her performance was really no different than previous ones. That raises my curiosity even higher for this film though, so I’m definitely excited to check it out! 🙂

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    • One of the things I liked was her interpretation (or the writers or the directors) of the Snow White character as strong and determined and more than just a beautiful victim. But don’t concentrate too hard on Stewart – there’s so much more about the film to enjoy.

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