Unfortunately like so many films these days, far more attention was paid to the aesthetic quality, rather than anything resembling quality storytelling. And while there’s no shortage of beautifully composed shots and downright stunning imagery in Snow White and the Huntsman, it ultimately rings hollow because of the anemic level of character development, a thoroughly preposterous story arc and no fun distractions to lighten the load along the way.

As for the cause of “I am woman, hear me roar”? Well, Snow White and the Huntsman may be a step up from Twilight because of Snow’s blatant refusal to pine for not one, but two tempting possible options. But if the screenwriters really wanted to sell the empowerment message, they may have wanted to give her a little more than dirty fingernails and dingy attire. Given how decidedly easy breezy her journey tended to be, I doubt any feminists will be throwing a parade in her honor any time soon.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol: Some social drinking depicted, plus The Huntsman drinks copious amounts of alcohol to soothe the pain of losing his wife.
  • Language/Profanity: None.
  • Sex/Nudity: After the king marries Ravenna, we see him on top of her, kissing her neck. Finn almost makes an inappropriate pass at Snow White by touching her breasts, but she escapes before things get out of hand. Ravenna emerges from a pool of thick black goo (and thick white goo in a later scene) where you can see quite a bit of her body—her breasts and lower region are strategically covered, though.
  • Violence: If you haven’t seen the trailer or countless TV spots already, be forewarned, this isn’t Walt Disney’s Snow White. Dark and violent, we see Ravenna snack on human hearts like party crudités. She also stabs her husband, the King, to death on their wedding night. There is also plenty of swordplay and several gritty battle sequences (mostly bloodless considering the PG-13 rating, but still realistic enough to scare the younger set) that result in a high body count. To stay “the fairest of them all,” Ravenna literally sucks the life out of anyone young (or at least younger than her). Several monsters in the forest also prove quite menacing, and for anyone with a fear of snakes or bugs, a couple of moments will be uncomfortable to watch.
  • Supernatural/Occult: Spells and dark magic figure prominently into the plot line, and we see their negative effects on an entire kingdom’s well-being throughout. One particularly powerful spell, nestled in a seemingly harmless apple, leads to death.

 

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blogFor more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.