Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
High Desert Daily
(Victorville) The story of Snow White is one that goes farther back than you might think. More known for its Disney version, the Brothers Grimm collected the original, German fairy tale back in 1812. A tale with such history and prestige, it is no wonder Hollywood can’t get enough of Snow White. This time around, the fairy tale is brought to life in a darker, moodier universe with the focus not only on the title character, but also on the Huntsman sent to track her down. Does the story stand the test of time on the big screen?
Sadly, no it doesn’t. The film marks the first feature length film for Director Rupert Sanders, who has directed numerous televisions advertisements, including a Halo 3: ODST commercial that won at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. To his credit, the film does have some high spots: the special effects, which help bring this world to life, are brilliantly done, as is the score that keeps the mood of the film present. But with a script like this, and with the lack of (and over done) acting, this film didn’t stand a chance in keep anyone’s attention for the full two-hour duration.
A major part of this problem is the Snow White for the film, Kristen Stewart (Twilight). Personally, this is the first film I have seen with her in it, and I was not very impressed. She had the expression that she might be under the influence the entire film, and that is no exaggeration. Her lifeless performance makes me think they should have cast her for a Sleeping Beauty film instead: a film where Sleeping Beauty just sleeps the entire film. Chris Hemsworth, known for his portrayal of Thor in this summer’s Avengers film, tries his best to bring life to the film. Yet, the action scenes are kept to a minimum, and the story behind the Huntsman seems all too familiar, like a recycled role that has no originality. Charlize Theron fills the shoes of the evil Queen Ravenna, and this is where the overacting occurs. Theron, who is known for delivering solid performances, stretches this role to the point where all she is doing is screaming on screen, which gets on one’s nerves very quickly.
I hate to give bad reviews, but half way through this film I was begging for the end to come. I won’t give anything away, but by the mid point of the film, you will see exactly what I mean if you decide to give this film a shot. I had high hopes for this, as it looked amazing in the trailers. Sadly, this is one more bad mark on the history of fairy tale films.
My wife and I saw it this weekend. I have to agree with the review.