I had seen this film in theaters, but I haven't seen it since, so I picked up the Extended Edition DVD for $5 at FYE to watch before I saw the new one, which I had heard had a confusing storytelling technique. I started out watching the Extended Edition, however I had to switch to the Theatrical version when my DVD player turned off, as that was the only way to get it back to the correct chapter, however I did not notice any substantial differences.
This film's strengths are mostly aesthetic in nature. The cinematography is often great, and the visual effects are often phenomenal, especially in the Dark Woods. Charlize Theron's performance is also a standout, as she is quite believable and devoted in her role.
The writing of the film is not great, nor is it awful. While the tone is likely much closer to the Grimm fairy tale than the Disney adaptation, it is still a bit weird. The scene in "Sanctuary" feels a bit off, and the hinted romance between Snow White and the Huntsman is unnecessary and never pays off. There are also a few places in the film that drag a bit, however they quickly resume back to the action.
So overall, "Snow White and the Huntsman" is a pretty good re-imagining of a classic fairy tale. While it's not great, it definitely has some really impressive visuals and is interesting enough to keep viewer's attention. I actually think that I liked it more this time than when I saw it in theaters.
Snow White and the Huntsman
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: DVD/Blu-Ray that I own.
Had I Seen It Before?: Yes.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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