Before I saw this movie, I was under the impression that Kristen Stewart was a bad actress.
I stand corrected.
Kristen Stewart is an atrocious actress.
In all fairness, she does do a better job in Snow White and the Huntsman than in Twilight. Then again, she could have been replaced by a wet noodle in those movies and I doubt anyone would have noticed.
That’s not to say Snow White is a bad film. The story, a reimangining of the Grimm fairy tale, has solid bones, both Charlize Theron as the evil queen Ravenna and Chris Hemsworth as the widowed drunkard Huntsman doing a fantastic job. The supporting cast also shine, Sam Spruell playing Finn, Ravenna’s brother and perhaps the closest thing she knows to a friend, while Sam Clafin plays the handsome, if rather bland William, son of Duke Hammond and Snow White’s childhood friend.
With such a talented cast surrounding her, Ms. Stewart’s inadequacies are only magnified. And the script does her no favours. A great actor can elevate even the most banal dialogue to greatness, but give a bad actor a bad script and both will drag each other down to even greater depths of mediocrity. The scene where Snow White attempts to rally her people, especially, sounds like something out of amateur night at a third-rate theatre.
However, the movie does have its redeeming points. First, the character herself. This princess needs no Prince Charming, first rescuing herself, then donning her own sword and shield in order to defeat the evil Queen. Plus, the film is visually striking, with wonderfully crafted CGI and action sequences to rival many more traditional blockbusters.
Ultimately, however, Snow White and the Huntsman is a film that must be carried by its leads. And while Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron play their roles masterfully, the character of Snow White proves to be a bit too much to ask of Kristin Stewart. Pity, really, since this film really does rest very heavily on her shoulders.
Overall, Snow White and the Huntsman is an ordinary film. It’s worth watching if you have a couple hours to spare and a high tolerance for wooden faces, but it doesn’t come close to the magic of the Disney original.
Three out of five stars.