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Justin’s Movie Review of “Snow White and the Huntsmen” on Alex’s Mixed Bag 30th June 2012

This week I saw Snow White and The Huntsman.

Now this movie has what you would expect to be a good cast, Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Bob Hoskins, Ian Mcshane and Nick Frost, and that is just the start of it.

This is a retelling of the classic fairy tale of snow white. Even though you should all be familiar with it, I will give you a brief rundown.  So Snow White (played by Kristen Stewart) is a princess, her mother, the queen passes away, Her Father, the king, remarries The Evil Queen who is played by Charlize Theron,  She then kills the king, takes over the Kingdom with her army. She then holds Snow White in a tower for years until she escapes into the dark forest, The Evil Queen then enlists the help of the Huntsman played by Australian Chris Hemswoth, or you may know him as the guy who plays Thor.

And obviously that’s where the crazy adventure begins.

As you know with Alex’s Mixed Bag, we don’t like just bagging a movie, we like to find positives in everything we watch, so before I give it a bit of a bake, let’s start with the highlights

Visually this film looked great, they obviously spent a lot of money and along with great location scouting and CGI, the Castles, Forests and Fight scenes all looked great. They also used CGI in post production to make actors such as Bob Hoskins, Nick Frost and Ian Mcshane smaller to appear as dwarves, which was effective, albeit controversial, and while we are at, I’m also going to give a thumbs up to the costume designer.

Now for the negatives, get comfortable . Now when you’re 20 minutes into watching a film, and are starting to think “I could have started the vacuuming and put a load of washing while this has been going” you know that it is going to be a long haul. The film moved painfully slowly, which is always going to be troublesome with a story that everyone knows. The main problem is the film couldn’t decide whether it wanted to be a children’s fantasy type film like the Lion, Witch and Wardrobe, or something more violent and adult like Game of Thrones, so it ended up in the middle in some sort of boring no mans land.

Not let’s go to the acting. Now, if I had the world’s biggest telescope, I’m sure I would be able to see many things, but do you know what thing I will never be able to see, the appeal in casting Kristen Stewart in major films,  I try and try and try, I’ve seen her twilight, the runaways, adventure land and now this, and I am still yet to convinced by her. Someone has to sit her in front of a mirror and teach her another facial expression as she only seems to have one.

Charlize Theron, she is a fantastic actress, and has been brilliant in so many things, and can carry movies off her own back, but she was so below par in this movie, with crazy overacting throughout, it was like she was a bank teller cast in some community theatre pantomime.

Chris Hemsworth was alright, but the part basically called on him to look hunky and swing an axe, so it’s business as usual for Chris.

I found after the film I was not the only one disappointed as people were commenting on the quality of the film as they left the cinema.

I’m sorry to say this; I really disliked this film and only started enjoying it when I saw the finishing credits.

Mediocre in terms of script direction and acting, but hey it looked pretty.

Half a star.

Watch Trailer here

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