Wednesday Jun 06 2012
"Snow White" needs a better spell
By: Frank Miller Special to The News Messenger
?Snow White and the Huntsman? Director: Rupert Sanders Starring: Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron Rating: Two stars (out of 5 stars) By Frank Miller Special to The News Messenger Among the evils present in ?Snow White and the Huntsman,? a hollow script and a wooden performance are ultimately this fairy tale?s undoing. Kristen Stewart plays titular princess of fair complexion, a young beauty hunted by an evil queen (Charlize Theron), who will stop at nothing to consume her heart. Employed to track down the princess is the Huntsman (Chris Hems-worth), a man of dubious resolve who winds up aiding Snow White after he is double-crossed. The film is visually impressive and a marvel to look at but the script and story leave much to be desired. First-time director Rupert Sanders, whose background is in commercials and short films, seems to struggle with a longer format ? at least story-wise. The creature designs, cinematography and special effects are of the highest quality but it doesn?t mean anything if there isn?t a character to invest in. Theron and Hems-worth do fine work in their respective roles but Stewart is a black hole of emotion as Snow White. She seemingly has only one way in which she acts (full of angst and hesitant) and this film either didn?t afford her the opportunity to stretch or she doesn?t have the ability to do so. Her character arc, going from prisoner to warrior princess, is forced and makes little sense. Also, a half-hearted love triangle is hinted at in the movie, but that storyline isn?t played off at all. This modern re-telling of the Snow White fairy tale would be lost without the dwarves, but as fun as they are, it?s still not enough. They show up too late in the film and don?t get enough to do. ?Snow White and the Huntsman? is an ambitious film that almost gets it right. However, there is no magic spell that can erase the empty feeling you get while watching it. Frank Miller is a Sacramento writer.