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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Snow White and the Huntsman

The story was a little thin, but the visuals were stunning. The original is, what? Eleven pages in Grimm's fairy tales, there is no huntsman, but there is a sister and a dwarf. So it's been embellished, and it holds together pretty well. The dark forest with the poisonous and hallucinogenic fumes is properly wicked, as is Charlize Theron as Queen Ravenna. The scene of her in the milk bath is entrancing, but I wonder if real milk would adhere that way? Or did they use some other liquid, like paint? I didn't care for the magic mirror, I think it could have been done better with a little voice inside her head.

The best part was a troop of mounted knights in armor. I don't know how many they actually had for the filming, but it looked like a hundred, and they were impressive. The castle was also very cool, but unlike the knights, it was computer generated. I would really like to see the plans for it, if anybody made any. It looks like it could be a very wonderful and complex structure.

1 comment:

LeeAnn said...

I read in an interview that Charlize Theron didn't mind the milk bath because it was at least room temperature, but the black liquid she bathes in was cold as hell. She was reported to have claimed her nipples nearly fell off, it was so cold.
Yep, that's cold.