Snow White and The Huntsman

19 June 2012 Film

Snow White and The Huntsman

Things have been looking grim for Snow White (Kristen Stewart) ever since her mother died and her father, the King, married a mysterious woman (Charlize Theron) he’d only known for one day, and who murdered him on their wedding night. It gets worse: she grows up imprisoned in a tower and is set to be killed to give the Queen immortality. Then she escapes into the Dark Forest, a place so deadly only one man (Chris Hemsworth) has been there and survived. This latest reworking of the Snow White story is heavy on Gothic-tinged menace, and that’s before Hemsworth’s Huntsman falls for Snow White, and Britain’s Greatest Living Actors (Bob Hoskins! Ray Winstone! Ian McShane!) turn up as dwarves. First-time director Rupert Sanders knows his stuff and while the story wobbles towards the end, Theron’s hate-fuelled Queen is easily this year’s most compelling villain. It’s not a classic telling of a classic tale, but it sure is pretty to look at.

ANTHONY MORRIS

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