After Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror (which I really enjoyed) it was time for me to check out what a more violent and serious interpretation of the classic Snow White story would look like. Is it the princess or the evil witch?
Epic is the thing this movie seems to be striving for. The basic fairy tale story is there and not much is different about it, except it’s all a bit darker and it’s Snow White who will fight the evil witch. This is a movie that seems to be heavily borrowing from other movies. It has a bit of Lord of the Rings (including some fairies who look like Gollum), Batman and even seems to borrow from Princess Monoke. I don’t mind if movies do this, but here it just didn’t fit together nicely. The story just didn’t gel as well as it should have. With big name actors like Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart you would expect fireworks, but it never lights up.
Theron has a lot of fun in portraying the evil stepmother (overacting on purpose it seems) and was, together with the dwarfs, the thing I enjoyed watching most. But this is a story about Snow White. This is the first movie I saw her in and I really wasn’t impressed by her performance. She is supposed to carry the story, but when you really don’t care about this character, you won’t care much about the movie. Near the end she does this motivational speech before a battle (you know the kind), but I never felt like she could lead it. She just didn’t inspire. Chris Hemsworth has some funny moments, but too little material to work with.
It won’t be a surprise I did not enjoy watching this. I was constantly checking my watch as the movie dragged on and was the first to leave the theater. Despite some pretty visuals it is a movie to avoid.