Children have curious minds. Most people have reached a point when telling a kid a bedtime story where they start to ask an endless number of questions. There is not definite answer as to why Rapunzel had really long hair, or where the three little pigs learnt construction, but explanations are plucked out of thin air to appease that little person. The basic story from the fairytale ‘Snow White’ remains in ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ (SWATH) and despite stunning visuals, the endeavor to give depth to the classic tale is just bedtime balderdash.
A kingdom is plunged into darkness under the rule of Queen Raveena (Charlize Theron) after the death of the king. His daughter Snow White (Kristen Stewart) becomes the only person who can end her evil reign.
Exceptional special effects help director Rupert Sanders craft the fairytale world. Giant castles, a dark forest and a magical fairy sanctuary are all wonderfully realised as well as the bevy of creatures that occupy each environment.
Sadly, none of the magic from the world created translates to the performances or plot and the classic story is stretched to breaking point over the two hour running time. It’s all unhinged by the motivations of Reveena who has more self-image issues than a copy of Cosmopolitan magazine. While her wicked actions are driven by vanity and black magic, it’s her rushed backstory that tries to turn it into one of revenge. It’s an example of how writers Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini try to twist the fable for the sake of a ‘Lord of the Rings’ style retelling. It’s as if they’re answering those random kiddie questions to expand the universe and what they come up with is filler.
‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ is visually dazzling but the rest is poisoned by mediocrity.
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