Snow White and the Huntsman – close, but no cigar

Snow White and the Huntsman is really close to being a good movie, but no cigar. Let me start by saying I like the concept of updating Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Charlize Theron was brilliant as the evil queen/stepmother. Chris Hemsworth (Thor) was exactly what you would expect. He was great eye candy for the ladies. He wields a great axe (not that axe, this is a PG movie). Here’s the problem as I see it. The evil queen has all of these powers. She can heal wounds. She can turn into a bunch of ravens and fly away. She can suck the beauty out of young women. What does Snow White have to combat these powers? Her beauty and virtue. Really? That’s what we are going with. Yep. That’s it and that’s where the movie seems to fall flat. How does a beautiful princess become a sword-wielding warrior? Well, that transformation is not really well explained and it is probably the least believable.

If you are looking for the seven dwarfs, they really aren’t in the movie. Their roles are minor.

Finally,  Kristen Stewart is a beautiful woman. This role really doesn’t give her an opportunity to act. She smiles and cries and that’s about it.

Snow White and the Huntsman is not bad if you are flipping channels and catch it on HBO or Showtime.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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