Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman's Queen Ravenna's (Charlize Theron) need to suck the youth out of the kingdom's girls to maintain her own perpetual youth and beauty is similar to the crazy medieval Blood Countess of Slovakia, Elizabeth Bathory, who killed hundreds of girls to bathe in their blood to maintain her own youth. The difference is that Ravenna was able to use other females to remain young and beautiful with the help of a magic spell, while Bathory was just a sadistic nut because we all know that doesn't work.

Fairy tale remakes are cool, so this new twist on Snow White intrigued me. The movie cast Snow White (Kristen Stewart) as more of a self-possessed fighter standing up for the oppressed and not as a helpless domestic servant for the dwarfs waiting around to be rescued. It was cool that Snow White was not only the key to giving Ravenna eternal life and beauty, but was also the one person who could kill her. 

I'm a fan of computer generated imagery, which was used nicely to create the coolest effects like the magic mirror, the dark forest creepy crawlies and those cool little fairies. I really liked the fairy land and everything in it. The evil queen's transformations and her ravens were cool too, especially in the forest after Snow White bit the poison apple.

At the end of the movie Snow White was crowned as queen standing alone as lone ruler with her choice of lovers, which was apparently the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), since his kiss and not her childhood friend William's, was the kiss to bring her back to life after biting the poison apple. The ending was set up nicely for a sequel as Snow White stands in front of her throne watching the Huntsman pass discreetly behind the crowd. Who would have guessed that the sequel would become a prequel?

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