Remakes are a little bit tricky to pull off. Especially remakes about fairytales.
Everyone knows and story, yet everyone expects to be surprised.
Snow White and the Huntsman’s succeeded in delivering a balanced story which is both familiar and unexpected.
The cinematography is brilliant. We were taken from a colorful land of happily ever after to a much darker and menacing site of battles and bloodshed.
And I even read that they used normal sized people and digitally altered them as dwarves to be able to use better known actors.
The problem is with the casting of the two main characters. Charlize is a jewel to watch. But the lead couple are a little bit difficult to swallow. Helmsworth reminded us so much about Thor, only this time with an axe. And it is kind of difficult to picture Stewart as a strong and passionate character. Together, they remind us of those other movies featuring superheroes and vampires.
Still this movie made a good job of reminding us that:
Beautiful women are vain, selfish and ruthless.
Good looking men are devious liars and betrayers.
Sometimes a girl needs a flawed, heartbroken hero and not a prince charming. And in other times, she can be a hero herself.
If only fairytales are all like this.
Overall aside from the casting issues, it is the kind of fairytale movie that I wished I was able to watch as a child. Maybe then I’d worry more about winning my battles than being pretty.