Despite the look of a great picture capable of transcending gender lines and making a whole lot of noise at the box office, Rupert Sanders’ adaptation of Snow White appears to be anything but the promise it once held. A huge amount of credit was being given early on to the incredible cast of Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Chris Hemsworth who all delivered; however, problems lie elsewhere translating into a spectacle that contains some significant flaws.
Snow White and the Huntsman’s tainted nature begins with a story that is deemed by reviewers to be both derivative and tedious. This is mostly caused by over ambition on Sanders’ part which is never a good thing in regards to film. The fact that such a grievous error was committed should have been enough to sink the rookie film director’s first theatrical effort, but it did not simply because visuals came to the rescue.
Yes, you heard right. It is the visuals and not Academy Award-winner Charlize Theron who managed to save Snow White from complete disaster. Some critics are going as far as to say that you cannot possibly get any better than this in the technical category. The question remains though whether that alone is enough to warrant theater goers’ cash. Ultimately, reviewers cannot agree which is why they are currently split 50-50 on Rotten Tomatoes.
The impact of this will be far reaching though as great word of mouth will be necessary to keep Snow White and the Huntsman alive in the weeks ahead. The cross-gender appeal might prove meaningless if males opt for Men in Black or Prometheus this week and the next. Early tracking has already factored that in as the movie is expected to rake in only $40-45 million in its debut weekend as opposed to the $50 million analysts suggested just last week. On the other hand, audiences have shown an affinity for visually striking blockbusters in the past as opposed to those that merely contain a gripping narrative…