Snow White and the Huntsman – Movie Review

Snow White and the Huntsman

Once upon a time, in deep winter, a queen was admiring the falling snow when she saw a rose blooming in defiance of the cold. Reaching for it, she pricked her finger and three drops of blood fell. And because the red seemed so alive against the white she thought, “If only I had a child as white as snow, lips as red as blood, hair as black as a raven’s wings and all with the strength of that rose.”

Soon after, a daughter was born to the queen, named Snow White—beautiful and defiant.

As a young teen girl, William is her friend.

Also while young, the queen dies. During the King’s grief, an army attacks the kingdom. The dark army of non-humans is defeated.

Queen Ravenna

Queen Ravenna

During the battle, Ravenna, their leader, was captured. The king was immediately enchanted by her beauty. The next day he married her. After the ceremony, in the king’s bedroom, she kills him—a dagger to the heart.

Ravenna is now Queen of the kingdom with her own real army, not a phantom army.

Snow White is captured. William escapes with his father.

Ravenna’s kingdom slowly died because she’s so evil.

Snow in the tower

Snow White locked in the tower

Snow White remained locked in the North Tower, now a woman. She meets Greta, also caged in the high dungeon. She was captured while trying to reach Duke Hammond’s Castle.

To regain her youth, the queen sucks the life out of girls, thus killing them. She is impervious to dying by a sword.

On this day, the Queen’s magic mirror tells her the reason why her powers wane. Snow White is the fairest in the kingdom, not her. Only with Snow’s heart, the queen need not consume girl’s for youth, never to weaken or age again.

Finn in Snow's room

Finn in Snow’s room in the tower

Immortality, she needs Snow’s heart. “Finn!” she screams. “Bring me the king’s daughter!” Her brother obeys.

In the tower, Finn tries to have his way with Snow White, in her room. Snow escapes and runs into the tunnels and caverns then jumps into the sea.

Later on shore, Snow boards a white stallion as the guards pursue.  She escapes in the Dark Forest, an enchanted swamp.

Ravenna is furious with her brother Finn. They fight in her chamber. She summons and tricks a huntsman into going into the Dark Forest. “Bring back the girl and I will bring back your wife, a life for a life.”

The huntsman

Huntsman

The huntsman, Finn, and several of the queen’s soldiers go into the Dark Forest after Snow White. The huntsman soon finds Snow. She tells his he’s been double crossed by the queen, he sets Snow free. Fights the soldiers and Finn.

For a hundred gold pieces he will help Snow back to her castle. They do a spit-shake to seal the deal.

At the castle, William receives word that Snow has been locked in the queen’s high tower all these years, alive, now in the Dark Forest. He rides after her into the Dark Forest.

Troll attacks SnowA troll attacks in the Dark Forest, they fight off the attack.

Finn and the soldiers burn the village where Snow and the huntsman are staying.

The queen’s beauty is fading, thus her life is fading. She needs Snow’s heart or she will die.

White Deer

In Sanctuary, the magical white deer bows to Snow White

They meet dwarfs. They’re in a magical land, the Sanctuary, home of the fairies. A magical white deer with giant antlers enters Sanctuary. It bows to Snow.

Finn and his soldiers attack.

Huntsman kills Finn, he falls into the enchanted swamp. By the action, the queen sustains a serious injury, she later recovers.

Gus, a dwarf, takes an arrow while saving Snow, he dies. They cremate him.

William

William

Later, William gives Snow an apple. She takes a bite. The apple is poison. William is the evil queen, she turns into crows and flies away to her castle. Snow falls into a deep coma.

Through the town square, Snow is carried to the castle on a gurney. Laid in a large chamber in the castle.

The huntsman’s wife’s name was Sara. Snow reminds him of her, in heart and spirit. With streaming tears, he kisses her.

Show wakes and walks into the courtyard, dressed in the white dress of burial. She wants to ride into war against the queen. “Who will ride with me this day? Who will be my brothers?” Snow and her army rides!

The dwarfs attack the queen’s castle from the sewers.

Queen's castleThe queen’s army attacks over the castle walls as Snow’s army approaches.

The dwarfs raise the gate letting Snow’s depleted army into the castle. Hand-to-hand sword fighting ensues.

Snow goes after the queen as her men fight. During the fight between the queen and Snow, a fight that the queen is winning, Snow stabs the queen in the stomach with a dagger. “…and only by fairest blood is it undone.”

The queen died and turned very old.

Queen Snow WhiteLater Snow receives her crown, the queen.

Hail to the Queen!

The End

This was an enchanting remake. Very well done. It’s interesting how the character of Snow has changed from the original.

The dwarfs were only a minor part in this rewrite.

My rating: 4 stars

May good fortune guide your path.

J.A. Ireland

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