With an feel eerily reminiscent of Tim Burton's Batman Returns and Alice In Wonderland, Snow White And The Huntsman retells a tale we're all too acquainted with. Let's not forget that once upon a time, these stories were told to scare, not entertain. And the tale of a poisoned apple, a malevolent evil queen (Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron) and tortured huntsman (Australia's Chris Hemsworth) seems just the right fit for a twisted fantasy epic on the big screen.
Helmed by director Rupert Sanders (impressively, his first ever feature film), Snow White And The Huntsman seems both new and familiar all at once – mixing CGI and special effects with the natural beauty of the English countryside that provides a stunning aesthetic for the film, namely the enchanted forest where Snow White meets her dwarf suitors, and Queen Ravenna's twisted sorcery where she literally sucks the youth from a young girl.
Kristen Stewart's Snow White is more Xena than the porcelain-skinned Disney version, giving the princess gritty warrior realness and brute strength. The fact she's has moved leaps and bounds from her stony-faced Twilight Saga days is a plus, but it was Theron's evil queen Ravenna that I was really there for. Poised, vain, quietly mad – Ravenna would be the archetypal femme fatale you love to despise if she weren't so amazingly beautiful.
Alongside Theron, it's clear Stuart and Hemsworth's performances were at times less-than-stellar. Coupled with one too many action scenes and the seemingly non-existent chemistry between Snow White and the Chris Hemsworth's huntsman, the film is far from perfect, but with imagery so gorgeous, a wildly cinematic score courtesy of James Newton Howard and a theme song from Florence + The Machine to boot, Snow White And The Hunstman is a worthy addition to the fairytale's canon, and something Rupert Sanders should be proud of.