'Snow White' lacks real character

Los Angeles Daily NewsSeptember 13, 2012 

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Snow White and the Huntsman is now remembered as the film that led to the breakup of Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, after it was revealed that Stewart had a relationship with the movie's director, Rupert Sanders.

Perhaps just as well, otherwise you'd probably have a hard time recalling the film. It's entertaining enough, though, in a big, broad overly serious way, considering what it is.

It is yet another dark take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, which was grim enough to begin with. Even Disney's animated version was a little dark when you think about it. In this case, the heroine (Stewart) is an action figure pitted against her stepmom Ravenna, played by Charlize Theron, who displays the perfect iciness for the role. She is a woman who has her issues regarding men — and rightly so. It doesn't take her long to dispatch Snow's father.

As it turns out, there's also a Dorian Gray aspect to the film, with Ravenna needing to suck the life out of young women to remain beautiful. She eventually turns her wrath on her lovely stepdaughter. You know why.

The "prince" in this tale is William (Sam Claflin), a childhood friend of Snow's who has remained loyal to the memory of her father. As good-looking and honorable as the prince is, Snow isn't waiting for anyone charming. Plus, he's no match in her eyes for the sexy, earthy Huntsman of the title, played by "Thor" himself, Chris Hemsworth.

What else is there to know about the film? The dwarfs — played by some terrific actors including Ian McShane, Eddie Marsan, Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins — are digitally mini-sized.

With this and The Hunger Games, warrior princesses are in this year, and it's fun to watch them, up to a point. Hopefully, though, there will be a filmmaker in the future who can turn one into a real character.

Snow White and the Huntsman retails for $29.98 or $34.98 Blu-ray.

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