Stewart bites in Snow White

Okanagan movie reviewers take on Snow White and the Huntsman.

  • Jun. 7, 2012 7:00 p.m.
Kirsten Stewart stars as Snow White in the classic tale retold as Snow White and the Huntsman in which she leads a rebellion against the Queen.

Kirsten Stewart stars as Snow White in the classic tale retold as Snow White and the Huntsman in which she leads a rebellion against the Queen.

Certain stories get told repeatedly and there’s a reason for this: they’re good.

The olde European folklore made famous by the Brothers Grimm continues to entertain us to this day. Our current example and second incarnation of the tale this year is Snow White and the Huntsman.

This is a darker and more mature version of the story: An evil and powerful Queen usurps a throne, imprisoning the fair Princess. A kingdom turns to ruin. The Princess grows up, escapes and leads a rebellion against the Queen, but not before making new friends, finding her own power and falling in love. Can Snow White inspire her people and win back the throne?

Can she even survive the magic and mystery of the Dark Forest?

Can this film carry an epic treatment?

We say, It’s the best film about Snow White in the last seven weeks.

Mr. Howe was unable to attend this film, as he was held captive by seven dwarfs and I couldn’t afford the ransom.  In his place I took my lovely wife, Dawn.

TAYLOR: I was very pleased with the approach of this movie. It was dark, serious and set an appropriate tone for a tale of such grand scope.

It’s a story of murder, power, greed, vanity, love, magic and death. The problem was one of casting, Snow White (Kristen Stewart) while not exactly ruining the movie, at the very least slows it down.

This is supposed to be an epic adventure of extremely contrasted characters with emotional depth. Stewart fails to deliver the magic or the power that dwells inside Snow White.

DAWN: Kristen Stewart doesn’t embody the description of Snow White, as she is supposed to be the fairest in the land, not look like a skinny teen who smokes too much.

TAYLOR: The wicked Queen, (Charlize Theron) delivered the goods with vanity and desperation. She was needy, cruel, mad, bad and dangerous to know. Theron can act and she is actually beautiful, unlike the contender for the title of “fairest in the land.” Snow White, it was noted, held her beauty inside.

DAWN: Chris Hemsworth (the Huntsman) was virtually indistinguishable from his Thor character, in terms of style. He runs around smashing things and has an accent. It’s not a bad performance, it’s just more of the same.

TAYLOR: There were some great locations. Very moody and damp forests, the castle on the ocean unfortunately the cinematography was lacking. For the first time in any movie

I’ve reviewed, there were shots out of focus. Perhaps it was too misty. Also, some shaky camera syndrome in the battle scenes bothered me, as it always does. I presume this is to be expected in the Braveheart of Snow White stories.

DAWN: The computer graphics were well done and believable. The transformation of actors such as Nick Frost and Ian McShane into the seven dwarfs was flawless.

Magical forests, fairies and nasty beasts alike looked great and we’re treated somberly. This movie will satisfy serious fairy tale lovers.

Taylor gives Snow White and the Huntsman 2.5 poison apples out of five.

Dawn gives it two buck teeth out of five.

Snow White and the Huntsman is currently playing at the Pen Mar Cinema Centre in Penticton.

Brian Taylor and Peter Howe are movie reviewers that live in the South Okanagan.

Just Posted

Geordie Fife exits the dunk tank during 2017’s Discovery House Father’s Day festivities at Skaha Lake Park. The fundraiser helps raise awareness of the work done at the house and break down the stigma associated with addiction. (Western News File)
Discovery House Father’s Day fundraiser goes digital

The addiction recovery program will be rolling out videos ahead of the fundraiser

The proposed design of the five-storey building on Front Street. (City of Penticton)
Five-storey building proposed for Penticton’s Front Street

It will be the second time the proposal will head to council

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from St. Eugene’s residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

RCMP thanked the public for assistance in finding Benjamin Archie, last seen in Princeton. (RCMP)
Missing Chilliwack man found safe and sound

The 80-year-old had walked away from his home in Chilliwack

57-year-old Kathleen Richardson was discovered deceased in her home Wednesday, June 9, 2021. Her death is considered a homicide and connected to the slain brothers found on a Naramata forest road. (Submitted)
Naramata community in shock as condolences pour in for homicide victim Kathy Richardson

Richardson was well liked in the community, a volunteer firefighter with a home-based salon

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

(Heather Lueck image)
Crash north of Enderby knocks out power, slows Highway 97A traffic

A witness captured footage of a medical helicopter landing at the scene

The RCMP presence in Central Okanagan public schools is being reviewed by the board of education. (File photo)
RCMP presence welcomed in Central Okanagan public schools

Staff survey feedback overwhelmingly positive from students, staff and parents

Most Read