Welcome to the latest in a long line of adapted material made for film: Snow White. The industry is at a point where originality is hardly of concern for writers, producers and studios. What else can help to explain the early release of the comical Mirror Mirror prior to the serious, superior version?
As for Snow White and the Huntsman on its own, what we have is a film that surprises as much as it disappoints. The film looks beautiful, but that only cuts so deep. The action and circumstances get crazy and interesting, but often with the absence of vital explanations and details. Nevermind the abrupt opening, because even for a two-hour flick Snow White and the Huntsman feels very underutilized. A lot of ground is apparently covered, which would be fine if everything didn’t come up so conveniently.
For all the darkness and divergences, Snow White and the Huntsman is still fundamentally the fairy tale it takes inspiration from. But even then so much feels made up along the way. The result is a lack of true fulfillment and the occasional eye-rolling moment. It’s all a shame too, as there’s a lot of potential here. If the film was really going to work with everything it had in place, then it should have gone all out with its epic characteristics. Snow White’s latest is pretty and certainly creative in many regards, but underneath is little more than skin and bones.