Review: Snow White and The Huntsman

You know what kind of movie that I love? A dark twist to old fairy tales. For example, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. A great dark twist to our beloved childhood fairy tale. It is, still until today, one of my favorite movie. But how Snow White and The Huntsman  stack up? Well what’s a review is for right?

Snow White and The Huntsman tells a tale of the evil queen, Ravenna who possessed this power to take beautiful girls youth, and keep her from getting old, and of course, fuglier. After being married to the king, which is Snow White father of course, she killed her, take over the kingdom and imprisoned Snow White until she’s 18 or so.

Still with me? Okay. Well during that time, the evil queen have this mirror ya, the mirror mirror on the wall, you know, keeps telling her she is the fairest of ’em all. That is, until Snow White grew up, and she is then put second best. She was like, NOOOOOOO!!!! and the mirror was like ‘Yeah girl, that’s why you can’t keep being young, and keep getting fuglier everyday. You need to like, kill her, take her heart than you can stop using that Soul Botox forever girl!’. Well, that’s now how the mirror said actually.

So she ordered her brother to take Snow White so she could kill him. Too late. Snow White go all parkour over the castle and escape. Chased by the Huntsman, the Huntsman don’t wanna kill her, take her to the rebels castle, lead a war towards the evil queen and wins. Yes, that’s a major spoiler for you. Now onto the review!

Concept

As I said before, I love a dark twist with old fairy tales. And Snow White and The Huntsman is a no exception. Instead of talking like a princess, or in fact, acting like one, she became more, you know, mature and rebellious, brave and stuff. Unlike the original fairy tales, Snow White has always been kind, soft and mushy mushy but this time around, she is a bad ass!

And another twist, which you should already expects from the trailer and probably the big poster at your cinema is that SPOILER instead of waking up from the kiss of the charming prince, she woke up from the huntsman kiss. Hurm, her true love maybe SPOILER END. And of course, instead of using the ugly wicked witch of the west, they opt to use that OMG hot hot hot Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen. Now who says to be evil witch, you have to be old and fugly right?

All in all, I know I actually stray off from talking about the concept, and actually talking about the story again. Haha. Well here’s a simplified version. The dark twist of the original story, the characters, plots and ambiance is astonishing, but yet, it still holds true to the old fairy tales. And because of that, its a 4/5 for me.

Plot

I actually told most of the stories above so let me get to the chase. The plot is alright. Is stray so far from the original, yet it actually not that far off. The beginning of the movie starts with how everything goes haywire. Though the narrative does sounds a bit dull, but hearing Chris Hemsworth as the disembodied voice makes it okay.

And the movie itself doesn’t stop too long before the next action scenes come. There’s not a time when you’re not at the edge of your seat. The balance between slow time and action is perfect. I, for once, did not find any part that I would say boring. It is great. Almost no drag at all with the plot. All I can say is,  for me, the pacing is just great. A total 5/5 from me.

Cinematography

I love it. It totally shows how the kingdom fall apart and what happens when the Evil Queen took over the land. The Dark Forest is creepy. Full of surprises in every corner and Sanctuary looks beautiful and full of magic.


I can’t say much since I don’t really know how cinematography works, but it is great. A 4/5 from me.

Visual Effects

Now this is where the movie shine. The effects blends well with the world. Probably the best I saw since Battleship. For example, a scene in the Dark Woods where Snow White and The Huntsman encounter a troll. The troll looks as real as it could be. Blends well with the environment and the character itself that for a moment, I even thought they actually exist.

And you should have seen the dwarfs. At first I thought they use real, you know, small people to take the role. But then I saw Nick Frost, which is of course, one of my favorite British actor and I was like WHAAAAAAAT????? Superb job with the dwarfs. And I heard that the do use real dwarfs people, but that is only for the landscape shot, and not the close up. The rest you should see yourself. For me, it surpassed Battleship in any way so great, it gets another 5/5.

The Casts

I gotta be honest here. I am not Kristen Stewart biggest fan. I kinda like, hated her since Twilight, where she got this expressionless face and so much lip biting that I thought of cutting those lips off. Yep. But I actually find her interesting in this movie. Perfect for the role of Snow White to be exact. Sure she still got that expressionless face but she actually pull this off and I’m starting to like her since this movie. Okay, a paragraph dedicated to Kristen Stewart how about that huh?


How about the Huntsman, Chris Hemsworth? As usual, did a fine job. His acting  is superb. I like how he actually convinces me how suffered he was after losing his wife, and how she actually cared for Snow White. I only know Chris Hemsworth from The Avengers and Thor movies but I can tell you, he’s one awesome actor.

Charlize Theron. One word, Hot! That is, when she looks young and not old and fugly. As the Evil Queen? She is evil alright. But too much yelling that I find her unappealing sometimes. But she is a triple A’s actor so like Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth, does an awesome job. 4/5.

Conclusion

If you love a fantasy driven movie, then this is for you. But if you just want movies with lots of explosive set pieces, well probably you won’t find this appealing. Again, if you’re the kind of person who loves dark twist to any fairy tales, you will love how awesome Rupert Sanders directs this movie.

Yes from the above reviews, you can see I’m in love with this movie. But that doesn’t mean that it has no downside. There is.

As much as I love this movie, it doesn’t have much memorable scenes. No scenes makes me think, hey, if I could, I wanna watch it for the second time right now!

The ending battle is too short, and un-epic. With a cliche ending but the kind of cliche I like. Still, its a movie that I prefer you to watch it now. A good watch since this is the only good movie for this month, before The Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises comes. My rating? 5/5 with the rating meter goes about

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REVIEW+ : The Avengers

So last night was a bit terrible review. I kinda rush it in just because it was 2 in the morning, my head is getting heavy but yet, I still want to finish the review. So I know I didn’t give to much about the plot because like I said, not much memorable moments to actually, well, remember.

But I will make it up today with the focus on the plot and pacing. Continue reading

REVIEW: The Avengers

SOME. ASSEMBLY. REQUIRED!

Here’s what I have to say about The Avengers. It is mind blowing fun! I do have high hope for this film. It doesn’t actually exceeded my expectation, but it surely met them. Though I know, I’m late 1 week to the party but hey, at least the party is still there.

How we should kick this review off? With the poster of course!

And then the trailer!

Okay. Now lets start with the review. I don’t bother giving you guy the synopsis because mankind have created this remarkable thing, where you just type in what your looking for and the poof! You got thousands or even millions of pages to choose from. Its call GOOGLE.

Back to the review let me break it down just like my review of Battleship.

CONCEPT

We want to rule you all, humans! Yup, that’s basically the main plot that I know. Though the concept is cliche, I mean come on, having all heroes, or should I say, Marvel Heroes together saving the world from destruction is cliche. But its a good cliche. It just barely hit that sweet spot of sweet and awesome. But of course, when you say alien invasion, on have to say NEW YORK! BURN NEW YORK TO HELL! Sigh. Can’t for once these aliens find some other places to burn. I hear Japan is short on destruction since Godzilla time. Why don’t you guys invade them? I heard they also one advance nation. Plus they got sushi! Aliens loves sushi.

But oh my god the aliens, or they call it Chautari(?) looks so damn ugly and unoriginal. It doesn’t look interesting at all for me because these are the types of aliens you probably saw in every sci fi movie. Yep. Nothing special there. But hey, nice cliche concept, still loving it, I gave it a 4/5.

PLOT

Like I said before, cliche plot but in a good way. I gave away the plot in the above statement. And I don’t wanna give anything away so let me just say its a 4/5 from me.

THE CASTS

Who’s there to see The Avengers so that they can watch Tony Stark be a super fun, cocky ass son of a bitch? ME! Robert Downey Jr. practically stole the spotlight from all of them. In fact, SPOILER ALERT he became the real hero SPOILER ENDS. Chris Evans as the Captain America also did a good job, along with Chris Hemsworth as Thor BUT he kinda lost his Thor-ness in this movie. No more I AM THE KING OF ASGARD BLA BLA BLA. Instead its like this really humble and nice Thor. Which is not to my liking.

But The Hulk, oh god seriously. When I heard that this time, The Hulk.Bruce Banner will be played by Mark Rufallo, honestly I said ‘Dammit! He’s totally gonna ruin it!’. By the end of the night, I bite my own tongue. I got to admit, he’s actually the best Hulk/Bruce Banner since Edward Norton. The best that IF they make another Hulk movie, please let him take the role. The rest is just fine. The casts have this great chemistry between them all. I gave it a 5/5.

CINEMATOGRAPHY

I like the it. Like every other Marvel movies, you don’t need a lot of shaky cams when there’s chaos. So The scale of destruction is also great. I actually applaud Joss Whedon for his amazing work in this movie.

The explosion is not too excessive and its not eye soaring to see boom there and there. Not much to say, a 4/5 from me.

VISUAL EFFECTS

Not the best I’ve seen this year. Battleship still hold the top spot for me. Though the alien designs is great, some of the just looks fake and unappealing. Like this one time when Loki is on a flying bike thingy, it really looks unrealistic to see the background moves and stuff.

But when it comes to Iron Man and The Hulk, they both look amazing and super real. Thumbs up! 4/5.

CONCLUSION

I know you guys must be a bit confuse with my review tonight but hey, its a great movie for me. But its not the kind of movie that make you want to go for a second round, like The Hungers Games and Chronicle. The Avengers have this great comedic timing and at the same time gave a good punch in the face with their spectacular action scenes. Then again, it doesn’t have the iconic moment that makes you want to see it again.

Oh and on the side not, I suggest you to not watch the 3D version. Its not worth your money. Seriously, I can recall only one scenes that actually make use of the 3D. The rest, well, if your cinema suggests a 2D version (not the normal one), I say go for that. 3D IS NOT WORTH IT AT ALL.

So what rating will I give The Avengers? An awesome 4/5 or should I say 4 awesomely looking Tony Stark out of five.

   

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