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Friday, June 8, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman by Rupert Sanders, 2012 (PG-13)

with Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron, Chris Hemsworth (The Avengers, Thor), Sam Claflin, Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Ray Winstone (Breaking and Entering), Nick Frost, Toby Jones

An updated take on the Snow White tale finds the fair-skinned maiden battling the Evil Queen with skills learned from the huntsman sent to kill her. Meanwhile, a love-struck prince bides his time from afar.

Two movies come out nearly at the same time, "Mirror, Mirror" and "Snow White and the Huntsman". I only saw the second one so far.Interesting revisiting of the tale, beautiful landscapes, amazing sound design, the silents and tensions well handled. But the dialogues... Something about the movie creates a distance between the sound design and the voices, the pauses and the dialogues, everything all of a sudden becomes pressure and therefor dialogues become awkward, over-staged. Coming back to the special effects, it was a strange thing to see still in this version the fairy tale-ish full-colored landscape of the dwarfs, while the rest is very black, white, brown and red, very beautiful and perhaps fashionable aesthetic. The queen's scenes are the best to my opinion, with amazing special effects, morphings and the symbolism of the crows (which is already used in "Game of Throne" but anyway...). Also to be noted is the nteresting vision of Snow White surrounded by men, leading men, definitely not influenced by men. She is her own leader, and the two main characters are the Queen and herself. A great contrast with the traditional Walt Disney tales. Now, lets see what "Mirror, Mirror" has to tell...

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