New take on classic
MOVIE: Snow White and the Huntsman
REVIEW: Niall Boyle
Snow White and the Huntsman takes a darker twist on the much-loved Disney tale —a reboot of the original story updated for the iGeneration.
Twilight actress Kristen Stewart, now the world’s highest commanding actress, plays the titular role as fair Snow White, while Aussie beefcake Chris Hemsworth flexes his muscles as the brooding Huntsman on a path to redemption.
Charlize Theron stars as the over-the-top evil queen, determined to becoming the fairest of all.
The movie retells the classic yarn without too much deviation from the source material, albeit with quite a bit more computer generated images.
Snow White, now a warrior princess, escapes the evil queen Ravenna through a sewage pipe, a la Shawkshank Redemption, and sets about to raise an army to avenge her father and free her lands.
Comic relief comes in the form of the seven dwarfs, Hot Fuzz’s Nick Frost, hard man Ray Winstone and Ian McShane particularly impress, who abandon their hard-drinking, theiving days to follow Snow White in to battle.
Childhood friend William disguises himself as a member of the queen’s party to save Snow White, but is he or the Huntsman her one true love?
A battle-soaked climax reveals all in a fight for the kingdom.