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.