I went to see Snow White and the Huntsman still unsure of what to expect. The trailers had failed to win me over, though Charlize Theron looked to be giving the best performance and I’m generally a big fan of alternate “histories” for fairy tales. However, the military element looked too heavy for what I’d want from this film and the casting of Kristen Stewart in the title role left me a little cold.
I decided to give it a go after hearing positive feedback from both critics are friends. So here are my thoughts, both pro and con.
The costuming was generally well done. I liked how they managed to maintain the impression of Disney’s Snow White, just a darker, grittier version. More effective, however, was Ravenna’s costuming. Most of her outfits appeared to be made from or resemble dead things – the bone effect on her wedding dress, the raven dress – a seemingly ‘done’ idea but utilized to great effect in the film.
This is the first of a weekly feature on this site where the author will watch and review a film or television programme they have evaded, intentionally or otherwise, for years. It’s a not uncommon occurrence; you’ll get some hardened film nuts who’ve never seen The Godfather or Psycho, not because of a desire to avoid them, but just never getting around to it. Myself, I’ve never seen Apocalypse Now or Blade Runner, or watched The Sopranos apart from the very last episode. You get the idea.
Fatih Akin’s Im Juli is a rare beast, in that it has survived my film class almost totally unscathed. When you compare this to the unbridled horror that overtakes me when I think about the other, more widely known and usually critically acclaimed works we studied like Badlands, or Lost in Translation (though, to be fair, I hated that one long before we studied it), Im Juli appears mightily impressive. Then again, it might be down to the fact I wasn’t forced to over-analyse or painstakingly dissect it, and thus was allowed to just enjoy it.