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Snow White with a difference


Perhaps I'm a sucker for the underdog but I just had to write a review after watching the latest offering of a fairy-tale adaptation in the form of Snow White and the Huntsman. Whilst I'm not about to drone on retelling the story and saying how wonderful it is, I would like to urge you to see it purely so you can see it yourself. Summer is awash with rain and I always think it's a shame when critics completely bad mouth a film which in turns means that nobody wants to see it, in fear of either looking like you have poor taste or that you may waste a tenner on a bad film.

Why not go and see what you make of it? As although it is not by all means a perfect film it does make for a very interesting watch. And we all know cinema is the perfect pastime for rainy days.

Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 fantasy film based on the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm. The film is directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Evan Daugherty, John Lee Hancock and Hossein Amini, starring Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Hemsworth.

I for one had been desperate to see the film after seeing countless trailers that showed a film lifting the tired fairy tale out of its sugary sweet Disney induced coma and unleashing the true tale of morality that lies within the dark and age old tale of innocence versus evil. Moreover it is a fairy tale in which the main protagonists are female and pretty tough ones at that. Any film where we see a beautiful princess lead an army of men to battle, fight alongside them and practically shrug off any hint of romance is one we should all be watching. Isn't the story so much more satisfying if it is Snow White herself who slays the monstrous matriarchal Queen?

Of course, as it is now almost fashionable to slate Kristen Stewart as she is admittedly mildly awkward and tomboyish many have criticised her depiction of Snow White and pondered why directors have chosen her. But it is for these very reasons that she is this Snow White. Kristen is accessible and likeable. Her mix of pretty pale looks and undeniable strength make her the perfect princess with a difference. She is indifferent to her own beauty and to the advances of men- this is where the character's true innocence lies and it for me, captures the essence of the original fairy tale better than a damsel in distress being saved and smooched by her prince at the end.

In addition, let's not forget Charlize Theron's terrifying portrayal of the evil Queen Ravenna. She is brutal and over the top in some scenes but this is supported well by the amount of amazing special effects. The huntsman is an unimaginative character- standard brooding male protector with a soft side- but still Chris Hemsworth plays the role well.

Some of the battle scenes could have been fiercer and the dialogue wasn't particularly stirring but it's a good, solid watch that takes fairy-tales back to their truly Grimm days whilst packing a feminist punch. Trust me, it's worth a watch.

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