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Blu-ray review: 'Snow White & the Huntsman' Extended Edition

Despite some captivating visuals and performances, a fatal lack of on-screen spark dooms the deliberately dark live-action fairy tale.
by Brandy McDonnell Modified: October 10, 2012 at 11:39 pm •  Published: October 12, 2012

‘Snow White & the Huntsman' Extended Edition Blu-ray

Despite some captivating visuals and performances, a fatal lack of on-screen spark poisons the deliberately dark live-action fairy tale “Snow White & the Huntsman.”

The debut feature from director Rupert Sanders, who was once best known for making innovative commercials but now is mostly notorious for his on-set affair with his “Snow White” star Kristen Stewart, is riddled with tone and pacing problems. And the inert turn from Stewart mortally wounds his promising vision of the Grimm Brothers' famous folk story.

“Snow White” really belongs to Oscar winner Charlize Theron (“Monster”), who ravenously chews scenery as the wicked and tormented Queen Ravenna, whom costume designer Colleen Atwood dresses in macabre magnificence.

Ravenna makes quick work of seducing and killing King Magnus (Noah Huntley), who has been grieving the death of his kindly Queen Eleanor (Liberty Ross, Sanders' wife). The villainess locks away their beloved young daughter Snow White (Raffey Cassidy).

Besides her simpering brother Finn (Sam Spruell), Ravenna trusts no one except her magic mirror, a large golden disc that often takes human-esque form to assure that she is the fairest of them all — until Snow White comes of age. The mirror proclaims that if Ravenna takes Snow White's pure heart, the queen will no longer have to suck away the youth and beauty from local damsels but will have it eternally.

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by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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