I always say a movie is only as good as its villain, and Charlize Theron is deliciously evil as the Queen Ravenna in Snow White and the Huntsman. The revisionist take on the Grimm tale is, well, very grim. In a far off kingdom that is really muddy and rainy (I think the setting is in Washington state), the evil queen Charlize knows only the beauty (snicker) of Kristen Stewart’s Snow White can destroy her. Kristen Stewart plays a largely inert Snow White intensely in need of a rinse and blowout. Snow White stands for “beauty in the face of adversity,” and I do admire her ability to sleep in the forest and wake with rather passable eye shadow in place.
Then comes the parade of clichés: we have a creepy albino. Oooooh! A dark, dark forest that you will never come out alive. Shock! And also, a white stag deer that stands for the Spirit of Nature. Geez, what happened to Doc and Dopey? Anyway, first time director Rupert Sanders somehow makes these fantasy clichés work, and with the help of Charlize’s drag queen-esque gusto and some snazzy CGI you have an entertaining movie.
The winners of the day I believe are Charlize Theron and Rupert Sanders. I left the film wondering what both them would do next.
Final Verdict: If you like a Ren Fest now and then, go ahead and spend the $11 to see this. Otherwise wait ’til you can Netflix it. 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Photo copyright Universal Pictures.