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Movie: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) is an action-fantasy movie based on the "Snow White" fairytale.

Synopsis: Snow White (Kristen Stewart) is imprisoned in the castle after her father, King Magnus (Noah Huntley) is killed by the evil sorceress Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron). Ravenna stays young and powerful by draining the youth of beautiful young virgins captured by her brother, Finn (Sam Spruell).

One day, Ravenna's Magic Mirror reveals that Snow White is both her ruin, and her salvation, and if she takes the young girl's heart she will become immortal. Ravenna sent Eric the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) to capture Snow White when she escaped into the Dark Forest.

If you ask me whether this movie is good or bad, I'd say it has its good and bad moments. Kristen Stewart still looks quite expressionless at times but she does give Snow White in this movie some surprises she deserves to have. She possesses a certain kind of quiet beauty and fierce spirit that triumphs over evil in the end.

Remember Mirror Mirror? Mirror Mirror is a comedy; Snow White and the Huntsman is a dark, twisted tale; both being the latest adaptations of Snow White the fairytale. Being so, Snow White is no more a vulnerable princess. She retains the conventional looks of a princess - lips red as blood, skin white as snow, hair black as night - but she's also a wily and graceful warrior.

Award-winning Charlize Theron is as frightening and wicked as Queen Ravenna should be. She steals every scene she is in with her commanding presence and thundering roars whenever she's angry. On one hand, she's still the fairest Queen as one should be in a fairytale. On the other hand, she's ambitious, capable, and powerful - the traits of a modern woman. Without Charlize Theron, this movie won't be as entertaining.

Now about the guys. Well, who doesn't know Chris Hemsworth from Thor and The Avengers, right? As the Huntsman, he has charisma, he looks rugged, and he isn't your typical finely-chiseled, cleanly-shaven prince charming. His onscreen chemistry with Kristen Stewart is so-so but not too bad.

This movie wins with great epic action sequences, wonderful visual graphics, and breathtaking cinematography, especially scenes at the Sanctuary, the homeland of the fairies.

Overall, this is an entertaining and satisfying movie. No doubt it's a popcorn flick but hey, it's got great performances and a tale full of heart. 

Or maybe we should try not to stereotype Kristen Stewart. :P


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