I‘m sure you’re all tired of new age renditions of old movies coming to theaters month after month after month (has Hollywood run out of ideas?), but I’d hardy classify Snow White and the Huntsman as a remake. If you weren’t one of the millions of people who was convinced it would be a hit, here I am to do a little more coaxing. I’m no movie connoisseur, but here are my 7 reasons to catch the flick in cinemas, if you haven’t already.
7. It surpassed the industry’s expectations, making $56.3 million in its first weekend at the Box Office.
6. It’s proof that Kristen Stewart (dare I say it) is a better actress than we all thought.
5. Two words: Chris Hemsworth
4. Charlize Theron (though sometimes a bit over the top in her delivery) made bad look so good .
3. Florence and the Machine’s newest single “Breath of Life,” provides the dramatic soundtrack to the (equally dramatic) film.
2. [Minor] Spoiler Alert: Novice director Rupert Sanders’ version of the film is an entertaining take on the time old tale. Sanders plays up the queen’s vanity (and almost justifies it with a back story), and turns innocent, fair-faced Snow White into a fast learning warrior princess — and a heroine we can stand behind. Despite the different viewpoint in Sanders’ Snow White, his story maintains significant symbols from the original folklore (the 7 dwarves, the poisoned apple, the shape-shifting queen, “true love’s kiss,” etc.). It all comes together profoundly.
1. Costume Director Colleen Atwood (Dark Shadows, Alice in Wonderland, Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago, etc.) did a wardrobe job that was nothing short of phenomenal. Charlize Theron, as Queen Ravenna, sported the most elaborate of costumes — from a wedding dress with architectural shoulder pads made out of bone, to a dress adorned with scale-like sequins, to a (to die for) high-collared black feather cape. Although Kristen Stewart’s attire didn’t change much throughout the movie, the dress she wore was simplistic and beautiful, while also being practical for the adventure she was to take on (and the “leggings” and boots she wore under her dress were a nice touch).
And if you need more convincing, check out the gallery below: