CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Most people see the story of Snow White as a graceful, enchanting fairytale. They tend to think of a Disney movie princess, the beauty of nature, true love's first kiss and the dazzling Prince Charming. As a child, that's how I saw it. Now, I think differently.
"Snow White and the Huntsman" is the story of Snow White, but with a darker twist.
In it, the King's new wife, Ravenna (Charlize Theron), kills him and imprisons Snow White (Kristen Stewart) for all her adolescence. When Snow White escapes the castle, the Queen's brother, Finn (Sam Spruell), goes after her with the Dark Army. The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) is summoned to help.
The Huntsman finds her, and they battle a troll, dwarves, the Dark Army and the Queen herself as they try to make their way to the Duke's Castle to plan revenge on the Queen. It's an intense journey that changes this once-enchanted fairytale into an eerie journey of life and death.
This movie wasn't what I expected, but I enjoyed it. I went into the theater expecting a love story and discovered there wasn't much of one. I assume that's to get the attention of the male audience.
Regardless, it's a good story that will get audience members of both sexes hooked. If you're someone who enjoys action, you'll most likely find some delight in this film.
The actors in the cast are all great for their parts. Kristen Stewart ("Twilight") is riveting and perfect for the part of Snow White because she can fully portray a frail-looking princess with red lips and "black as night" hair. Her confidence and strength make her the best choice for the character.
Chris Hemsworth ("Thor") makes quite the Huntsman. If Stewart doesn't keep your attention throughout the film, he will. He is always coming to the rescue -- even when he doesn't know that the girl he's helping is the believed-to-be-dead princess.
Charlize Theron ("Hancock") is a vicious Queen. She knows how to be sinister. She is so brilliant that some of the looks she gives other characters gave me chills.
Also, the cinematography is breathtaking. The look of the film is just extraordinary. Some of the scenery is eerie, but the rest is stunning. It left me in awe.
Earlier this year, another Snow White movie was released: "Mirror Mirror." That tale of Snow White was a comedy, while this one is full of sorrow and strength. It's unlike any other Snow White story I've ever seen.
In the end, "Snow White and the Huntsman" left me speechless. It was such an intriguing story.
There are multiple ways the film could've ended, but the ending the filmmakers chose was the best. It ended on a pleasant, calm note, not in the middle of a chaotic battle like it could have.
I highly recommend "Snow White and the Huntsman" to anyone who likes action movies with a little bit of romance. It's a beautiful movie with a beautiful cast and certainly not your average fairytale. There's no doubt in my mind that it's a must-see film!