'Snow White and the Huntsman' Is a Grimm Upgrade

A princess hunted by an evil queen leads a rebellion to reclaim her throne.

Kristen Stewart is Snow White, a warrior princess who launches a battle to reclaim her kingdom from Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) in "Snow White and the Huntsman."

As in the fairy tale, the queen locks Snow White in a tower prison while plunging the realm into chaos after the computer-generated mirror tells her she is no longer the fairest of them all. The queen then sends out studly huntsman Eric (Chris Hemsworth) to capture Snow White...But he soon declines his mission, opting to protect the princess — and face the queen's wrath.

The film is not altogether bad. Its visual fireworks help keep the film afloat, even if Snow White (Stewart) can't get out of "Twilight" mode.

A modern-day twist on this 200-year-old fairy tale, the movie is more like "The Lord of the Rings" meets the Brothers Grimm. And while the battle scenes are fitting, the performances prevent the story from having the resonance of either movie or fable.

The film includes nods to the fairy tale -- there are dwarfs (eight instead of seven, for some reason), and they have many of the film's most humorous scenes. But those are too few and far between. The Flick-O-Meter gives "Snow White and the Huntsman" three out of five.

I do like the message that women don't need to be the damsels in distress, that they can handle things on their own.

But, you know what? Maybe someone should have asked that mirror, "Who are the fairest screenwriters of them all?'' -- and hunted them down. That's my two cents.


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