A few days back John reviewed the first of this years two Snow White based movies, Julie Roberts comedy Mirror Mirror. It seems appropriate then that I take up the mantle and review its darker counterpart Snow White and the Huntsman, a grittier and slightly more authentic take on the original story. It’s not quite true to the original tale, but all the major components are there making for a more serious tone.
Starring Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart as the two female leads we immediately run into the first of the movies problems in the way it asks you to suspend belief. You are expected from the outset to believe that Snow White – the fairest of them all – is the prettiest most beautiful thing in the land, outshining the beauty of the evil queen herself. Why then do you place the delightful Miss Theron up against the sneering flared nostriled man face of Kristen Stewart?