Snow White and the Huntsman: DVD / Blu-ray Reviewed.
‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ is very different take on the traditional fairy tale and can now be enjoyed in the comfort of your own home on a chilly autumn evening.
This is a much darker affair that opens with young Princess Snow White (Raffey Cassidy ‘Dark Shadows’) skin white as snow and lips red as blood, enjoying a loving childhood until her mother the Queen dies of an illness and her Father re-marries the beautiful Ravenna (Charlize Theron). It’s not long before Ravenna shows her true colours and murders the King in order to rule his kingdom.
When Snow White reaches the age of seven, the magic mirror, an impressive molten blob of gold tells the evil Queen that there is another in the land fairer than she. The Queen is far from happy with this news and has Snow White locked in the highest tower where she grows up to be Kristen Stewart a well sulky teenager. It’s not long before she makes her dramatic escape and is chased into the Dark Forest. The Queen summons the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to find Snow White and bring back her heart.
Unfortunately for Queen the Huntsman not only falls under the charm of Snow White but also teaches her how to handle a sword and dagger and kick some baddie ass. While hiking through the Dark Forest they come across eight dwarves (obviously seven wasn’t enough) who join forces to help rid the Kingdom of the evil Ravenna. The vertically challenged helpers include the acting talents of Ian McShane, Nick Frost, Toby Jones, Bob Hoskins, Johnny Harris and Brian Gleeson. The special effects bringing the actors to life as properly proportion dwarves was pretty ground breaking and the dwarves provide the comic relief element that nicely counter acts Chris Hemsworth’s serious Huntsman.
Chris Hemsworth makes a worthy hero with a heart (not hers by the way) and Charlize Theron really gets her teeth into the role of the evil stepmother. Even Kristen Stewart played her part well and pulled off a reasonable English accent.
A very entertaining yarn with great special effects and visually stunning.
A New Legend is Born
Citizens of the Kingdom -
Fairest of Them All: Snow White
Deliciously Evil: Queen Ravenna;
The Huntsman; Motley Crew: The Dwarves
As above but has following additional material:
360 degree set views
Reinventing the fairytale
The magic of Snow White and the Huntsman.