Blech! A Boring Beauty
I saw this at home, luckily, meaning I wasn't tricked into buying a ticket. When I saw it, I tried to keep an open mind, despite the fact that it had Twilight's infamous Kristin Stewart as one of the two title roles. It started out relatively well; both of the child actors for Snow and Will were very good, some of the best actors in the movie, despite the fact that the girl who played Snow White as a girl was rosy and freckled with brown hair and pink lips, nothing like what she is described to be at the beginning. (I can't blame the girl for that; as I said before, she was really good, and I want to see more from her. Instead, I blame the makeup department.) I thought that the art film-esque special effects were a bit cheesy, but whatever, the movie still could have been good. The evil queen was pretty awesome, but her slight overacting and her Riff-Raff/Magenta relationship with her brother made me like her less, especially since, as far as I know, these two didn't have the excuse that they were aliens from another planet where it was okay for brothers and sisters to be lovers. Her backstory was interesting enough, and I would have much rather watched a movie about that than about Kristin Stewart. (Who, to nobody's surprise, again proved that she cannot act.) The Huntsman was pretty good, but why did he have a brogue? Everyone else seemed British or American.
I didn't love the dwarves, and there were many strange plot-holes. For example, what was that conveniently-placed horse doing on that beaxh before Snow showed up? Working on it's tan? Why did Ravana's brother, whose name I think is Finn, tell the Huntsman that Ravana couldn't bring his wife back? What happened to the surprisingly interesting scarred women? And why, of all things, is Greta, the girl who Ravana sucked the life out of and turned into an old woman, in the final scene, young and beautiful and peachy-keen, clapping to Snow White's coronation? And what was the point of Will's character other than turning this into another version of Twilight? (Because that's exactly what the world needs... *eyeroll*)
If, however, you still want to see this, here's what you should know: The special effects and costumes are beautiful, and the settings are breathtaking, but it tries too hard to be dark. While watching this, my parents and I actually broke out in laughter several times at the cheesiness of the script and acting. We could also point out things that were ripped out of the scripts of other movies and books: Dementors from Harry Potter, a magic forest that seemed a lot like the one from Avatar, the acting ability of Twilight, the list goes on and on... Also, I think Ravana's brother not only acts like Riff-Raff, but also seems to get fashion advice from him... Seriously though, he's creepy, and he looks like Riff-Raff. The huntsman is a widowed alcoholic, the characters swear in frequently, (things like crap and ass if I remember right) tons of slightly graphic violence, disturbing images, nude backs and an attempted rape. All in all, a pretty bad movie.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking