My Mom and I saw this movie about six months ago...it was definitely better than expected! There were a few parts that I wish could have been left out, but overall it has a good story.
Snow White and the Huntsman teaches that "beauty" is not found physically, but in innocence and purity. Ravenna (the evil stepmother) is obsessed with being pretty and staying young--so much so that she kills for it. Snow White, however, IS pretty, but what really shines is her character. Good message for young girls!
POSITIVE ROLE MODEL
Snow White is sympathetic and is compassionate. She is willing to sacrifice for others.
I'll admit, this movie is dark and brutal in places. There is a scene where Ravenna eats a bloody bird. Snow White stabs a man in the face with a nail. Ravenna steps into a fire to show her invincibility, and we see her face and neck covered in burns. A few scenes with blood. A main character dies. Other than that, there's some battle scenes, intense but not graphic.
This is why I give pause for 12-year-olds. There is a scene where Snow White's sleeves are slipping done and we see her bare shoulders. At the beginning, Ravenna and the king are in bed together (no skin shown--it's not even a sex-scene), with some mild innuendo. We see Ravenna's bare back later. Ravenna's brother tries to slip his hand up Snow White's shirt when she is laying down. The Huntsman unexpectedly cuts off part of Snow White's skirt while she is stuck in branches, and when he sees the freaked-out look on her face, he says, "Don't flatter yourself." My biggest beef is when Ravenna is coming out of the bathtub, and she has her hands covering her chest.
"Hell" is used.
The Huntsman is drunk at the beginning, and occasionally drinks.
Good story, but some of the content I would dub as inappropriate and unnecessary. Not as bad as it could have been, but I think--especially since we all associate Snow White as the young girl who gets lost in the woods and cleans the dwarves' house--that they added content simply to appeal to an older audience, forget the story's roots.