June 2, 2012

My review of the epic CGI, post-noughties retelling of the Grimm’s fairy  tale Snow White and the Huntsman is now on the Interaksyon website, entertainment channel. There’s been a lot of expectation and hype about this one, especially since it stars heavyweights Kirsten Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron.

With A-list such star power, people are at least going to be intrigued enough to check out this Bella and Thor versus Aeon Flux treat. Hanging out with Fil-Brit Bond Girl Rachel Grant along with some media friends, I confessed I didn’t really buy Snow White’s faux English accent, and there was some agreement there.

Still, all in all, it was an intensely enjoyable and surprisingly action-packed movie. Did it live up to its spectacular hype? Read on, mesdames et monsieurs.

REVIEW: Charlize Theron, CGI power ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’

By Karl R. De Mesa, Interaksyon.com · Saturday, June 2, 2012 · 12:07 am

Watch “Snow White and The Huntsman” for Charlize Theron. In this epic, CGI-powered retelling of the old Grimm’s fairy tale, she is the ruthless Queen Ravenna of all that’s evil in the land, seductive, powerful, and desirous to be loved even as that ache is never to be consummated nor reciprocated.

Theron, whether weaving the darkest magic or simply presiding over her vicious court, is beauty unattainable. Literally, something to die for.

When the film opens, her husband, the king, has died and she has succeeded to the throne, imprisoning the late king’s daughter, cementing her power base with the powers of witchcraft and the aid of her vicious brother, Finn (played by Sam Spruell).

To mark her ascension, her first few acts include conquering several neighboring kingdoms, draining hapless village maidens of their youth while she’s at it, with plans afoot to take over the entire continent.

This Queen holds all the cards: the combined garrison of several kingdoms, her brother Finn (who draws incredible powers of regeneration from his sister) commanding them, and the Magic Mirror, a powerful artefact able to divine and scry the future, albeit in riddles.

But there’s one problem in her quest for empire and immortality: the creature who is the Magic Mirror portends that she will be overthrown by her stepdaughter, the Princess Snow White (Kirsten Stewart), whi shall also surpass her as the “Fairest of Them All.”

When Snow White manages to play a get-out-of-jail free card she also loses her pursuers in the Dark Forest. This is where the fun begins as the Queen commissions Eric (Chris Hemsworth as the titular Huntsman, who ably provides the macho, axe-carrying counterpoint to all this femininity) to track down and bring back the errant royal child in exchange for his wife (a prisoner of the Queen).

Eric does a double cross, however, when it’s revealed said wife’s been dead for some time. He kills the soldiers, takes pity on Snow White, and teaches her some combat skills as they elude their pursuers.

This movie certainly has its moments even as it drives a meandering route through the fable’s traditional narrative and takes or leaves plot points to suit dramatic purposes.

Read the rest of the review HERE. 


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