Sunday, February 17, 2013

I so went there

I'm a sucker for fairy tale remakes. It makes me giddy when some creative genius out there comes up with an entertaining new twist on an old story. Or Hollywood comes in with its glittery magic wand and makes the flavor of the day into a pretty princess (okay, I just gagged a little when I wrote that) So last night, my boyfriend {Jack Daniels :P } and I settled in to watch Snow White and the Hunstman. Don't laugh! Okay, you can laugh, because it was every bit as bad as I expected. Still, there was a part of me, a teeny tiny microscopic part that held out hope: hey, maybe this will actually be good. Yeah.

I'm not going to spend an entire blog post ragging on Kristen Stewart (who played Snow White), but I will say, as an actress, she's not particularly engaging. I felt no emotional attachment to her character, and watching, I found it hard to believe that she had supposedly been locked in a tower since she was a kid. Where are the deep seated emotional scars that would come with that? The physical ailments? Instead she seemed pretty healthy and well-balanced. And to me, that went over like a mowed lawn in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. I won't spoil the magic of her portrayal of Snow White  if you haven't watched the movie, but it did involve a lot of stumbling, mumbling, spacing out and tripping and possibly some falling as well. By Snow White, not me. Honest.

Charlize Theron's character (evil queen) was more palatable. I liked the twist they added where she's actually soul sucking young women to stay young. I didn't particularly like the character of her brother, who not only had really bad hair, but was also pretty creepy (not in a good way) and seemed kind of pointless to the story. Well, pointless aside from being a convenient way to get from plot point A to plot point B. Hmmm.

Then you had the huntsman, played by Chris Hemsworth, who was a decent character, if not a little bit cliched. At least he was nice to look at. And then there was Snow White's male childhood friend...really? Do  I need to go on? As you can probably tell, I'm already losing interest.

In a nutshell, these were my problems with this movie:
--unlikable heroine
--too many plot points presented but not fleshed out in any way
--questions left unanswered
--Too many O.o moments that left me scratching my head. (Faeries? Really? Um, why?)
--anticlimactic ending

CGI was decent, as was the cinematography, costumes, etc. So basically, it was your average Hollywood fluff job. My rating? 'Meh'.

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