Just one big release this week: that new Lord of the Rings-style Snow White movie. There’s swords and shields and Charlize Theron and that Twilight princess K-Stew. Oh, and Chris Hemsworth.Snow White and the Huntsman
This directorial debut from Sanders is not for everyone, and not without flaw. But it offers powerful glimpses of what might yet be to come.
Some of the fairy tale effects are marvelous; but the odyssey from darkness to light is unduly long and sloggy, and Stewart, with her contemporary edge, seems to be acting in the wrong era.
But it’s Theron who owns this film, imbuing her deliciously depraved Queen with furious pain and deep-seated fear. Here’s hoping Sanders takes on “Cinderella” next — I’d love to see what he’d do with those wicked stepsisters.
Verdict: Wait for DVD
Perhaps the best thing about “Snow White and the Huntsman” is it doesn’t smirk at itself. It plays out as a story about mortality and greed and oppression in a fantastical world, but it doesn’t act as if anything is silly.
It’s hard to keep a straight face while looking at a troll, but “Snow White and the Huntsman” does so. And it works.