Am I am horrible person to say that I actually kind of liked this film? Yeah the script needed work and the whole Kristen Stewart thing, but I really enjoyed Theron, Hemsworth and the dwarfs and it looked gorgeous. It ended on a bit of a whimper, hence the three stars.
Beautifully conceived, gothic retelling of the Snow White tale pits the vain evil queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) against Snow White (Kristen Stewart), who is prophesied to be her undoing. Stewart is somewhat miscast, Theron is terrific. A dark and haunting take on a familiar tale. Far superior to Tarsem's uneven MIRROR MIRROR from earlier this year.
Visually amazing, with some of the best surrealist fantasy imagery I've seen in a mainstream film since Bram Stoker's Dracula. That said, the movie did not provoke any sort of emotional response from me, largely due to Kristen Stewart's inability to be believable in anything, and to the tone being so deathly somber throughout. Hemsworth is great, though, and the film shines during its moments of levity.
An exceptionally well-crafted tale that honours (and stays quite true to) the original story. The design was enormous and in no way does the scale affect how fantastic it was - costumes, sets, props, they were all incredibly detailed and created a wonderful atmosphere. The dark, eerie re-telling felt very familiar and very unique at the same time - highly recommended.
I found myself rooting for Theron's Ravenna the whole time!
Visually it's a good movie, however the story has nothing innovative about it and Kristen's Stewart's expression is pretty much the same from start to finish.
Besides, it has trolls, fairies, sacred deers and all sorts of magical creatures...
So hopeless in the Twilight films, Kristen Stewart proves she can act (sort of) as a sort of Joan Of Arc proto-emo chick, but she lacks the charisma to be the erstwhile leader of the free denizens of the kingdom the film would lead you to believe. British stars slumming it as dwarves -and the ever-gorgeous Charlize Theron- make it worth watching.
My rate: 65% - Loved the visual imagery. And despite the popular opinions, I thought Kristen Stewart was a pleasant surprise in it. However, despite its length (2hour.7min), its pacing is truly problematic. At times it felt rushed and incomplete, and other time it drag.
Really not that terrible of a movie. Kristen Stewart still can't act and I thought it would have benefited to get actual midgets for the dwarfs but besides those complaints, its actually a nice slick retelling with very imaginative use of special effects and art direction. Its also nice to see a retelling that doesn't fall victim to Gothic excess or forced whimsy.