It’s visually interesting, but drags the audience through an overlong story with an unconvincing lead.

In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Charlize Theron) out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) dispatched to kill her. — (C) Universal Pictures

The movie was able to achieve the dark tone that it was going for. The special effects and costumes were interesting. It will remind you of Lord of the Rings and Narnia, but overall it still manages to pull off its own theme.

The driving force behind this is Charlize Theron, the evil Queen. Although her acting is a bit uneven, suddenly flipping between a cool menace to desperate and raving, she is still interesting to watch. Despite being an evil H.B.I.C (Head Bitch in Charge), there’s a different side to her story that makes you think that maybe this isn’t exactly unwarranted.

Unfortunately when she gets out of the picture and we get to Snow White, things slow down way too much that it just drags on from scene to scene. The cinematography is great, but too much time is spent on Snow White’s off road adventure. In addition, the bloated middle section is rife with problems.

First off, you have to convince yourself that Kristen Stewart is fairer than Charlize Theron. Okay maybe that’s a personal preference, but she can’t deliver the performance the role entails. The Snow White in this movie is demanding for justice and redistribution, but her acting is flat.

To make it worse her character, who is supposed to be the center of all this, takes a huge shortcut without any development whatsoever. After getting some kind of a bad acid trip and goes on with a guided tour in the Dark Forest with the Huntsman, she suddenly turns into Joan of Arc.

Her and other forgettable characters (except for the Queen’s equally menacing brother) are thrown into this showdown of who’s the fairest of them all. But with an unconvincing lead, you can’t really relate to the story. When the buildup gets to the payoff things pick up again but by this time, you’re just waiting for it to end.

Overall it looks good, but that isn’t enough to cover up its major flaws. Kristen Stewart is miscast and Charlize Theron steals the show.

My Rating: 6/10

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