Snow White and the Huntsman
|Snow White and the Huntsman|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Rupert Sanders|
|Story by||Evan Daugherty|
|Based on||Snow White by the Brothers Grimm|
|Music by||James Newton Howard|
Greig FraserGavin Free
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||127 minutes|
Snow White and the Huntsman is a 2012 American fantasy/action film based on the German fairy tale "Snow White" compiled by the Brothers Grimm. The film is directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Evan Daugherty, Martin Solibakke, John Lee Hancock, and Hossein Amini. The cast includes Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, and Bob Hoskins (in his final role before retiring from acting). The film received two Oscar nominations for Best Visual Effects and Best Costume Design at the 85th Academy Awards. It was a success at the box office. Although critics praised the production design and the performances of Theron and Hemsworth, Stewart's performance received mixed to positive reviews, and Daugherty, Hancock and Amini's script was heavily criticized.
While admiring a rose blooming in the winter cold, Queen Eleanor pricked her finger on one of its thorns. Three drops of blood fell onto the snow covered ground and she wished for a daughter as white as the snow, lips as red as the blood, hair as black as a raven's wings and a heart as strong and defiant as the rose she found, still blooming in the snow. The Queen gives birth to Snow White, who became the Princess of Kingdom Tabor, but then she falls ill and dies. After her death, Snow White's father King Magnus marries Ravenna, by whose beauty he was enchanted, after rescuing her from the Dark Army - an invading force of glass soldiers.
Ravenna, who is in fact a powerful sorceress and the Dark Army's master, kills Magnus on their wedding night after noting that men like him exploit the beauty of women and discard them. She implies that she has been ravaged by a king and his men in the past. As Ravenna usurps control of the entire kingdom, Duke Hammond escapes the castle with his son William, but is unable to rescue Snow White, who is captured by Ravenna's brother Finn. Snow White is then locked away in the north tower of the castle for many years, believed to be dead.
Tabor is ruined under Ravenna's rule as she periodically drains the youth from the kingdom's young women in order to maintain a spell once cast by her mother to save her life from marauders who kidnapped her, which allows her to keep her beauty. When Snow White comes of age, Ravenna learns from her Magic Mirror that Snow White is destined to destroy her unless Ravenna consumes the young girl's heart, which will make her immortal. Ravenna orders Finn to bring her Snow White, but she escapes into the Dark Forest, where Ravenna has no power. Eric the Huntsman, a widower and drunkard who has survived the Dark Forest, is brought to Ravenna, who orders him to lead Finn in pursuit of Snow White. He belligerently refuses because he doesn't think he can survive in the dark forest. She then threatens to kill him and finally persuades him when she promises to revive his deceased wife, Sara.
The Huntsman tracks down Snow White in the Dark Forest but refuses to hand her over to Finn until he knows Ravenna will keep her word. When Finn says that Ravenna cannot resurrect the dead and that Eric is a fool, the Huntsman fights Finn and his men while Snow White runs away. Later Eric catches up to her and Snow White promises him gold if he will escort her to Duke Hammond's castle. Finn gathers another band of men to find Snow White. Duke Hammond learns that Snow White is alive and has fled into the Dark Forest. William, Snow White's childhood friend, argues with his father and then leaves the castle to find Snow White. Later he joins Finn's band as a bowman in order to find her.
Eric and Snow White leave the Dark Forest, and encounter a huge troll. Eric tells Snow White to run while he attacks the troll which quickly knocks him out. Snow White has not run away and saves them by charming the troll. They then encounter a group of women in boats who take them to a fishing village populated by women who have disfigured themselves in order to escape Ravenna. While there, Eric learns Snow White's true identity as the princess. He then leaves her in the care of the women but returns when he sees the village being burned down by Finn's men. Snow White and the Huntsman evade them and eventually meet a band of eight dwarves namely Beith, Muir, Quert, Coll, Duir, Gort, Nion, and Gus. A blind Muir perceives that Snow White is the daughter of the former king, and the only person who can defeat Ravenna and end her reign.
As they travel through a fairy sanctuary, later the group is attacked by Finn and his men. Eric battles Finn and kills him after Finn taunts him with details of his murder of Eric's wife. William reveals himself and helps defeat Finn's men while Gus sacrifices himself by taking an arrow meant for Snow White. William joins the group which continues the journey to Hammond's castle.
Ravenna disguises herself as William and tempts Snow White into eating a poisoned apple, but is forced to flee when the Huntsman and William discover her. William kisses Snow White — whom he believes to be dead — without seeing that she has shed a solitary tear. She is taken to Hammond's castle. As she lies in repose, the Huntsman professes his regret for not saving Snow White, who reminds him of his wife, and kisses her, breaking the spell; she awakens after a second tear has fallen. Snow White walks into the courtyard and gives a passionate speech to the Duke and his forces. She takes leadership of the Duke's army and the Army travels to battle Ravenna.
The dwarves infiltrate Tabor through the sewers and open the gates, which allows the Duke's army to invade the castle. Snow White confronts Ravenna, but is overpowered. Ravenna is about to kill Snow White and consume her heart when she uses one of the moves Eric taught her on Ravenna and kills her, telling her that she cannot have her heart. Duke Hammond's army is victorious.
The kingdom is once again in order and peace as Snow White is crowned Queen.
- Charlize Theron as the Queen Ravenna, Snow White's stepmother
- Kristen Stewart as Snow White
- Raffey Cassidy as young Snow White
- Izzy Meikle-Small as young Ravenna
- Chris Hemsworth as Eric, the Huntsman
- Sam Claflin as William, son of Duke Hammond
- Xavier Atkins as young William
- Lily Cole as Greta, a young girl who befriends Snow White
- Sam Spruell as Finn, Ravenna's brother and enforcer
- Elliot Reeve as young Finn
- Vincent Regan as the Duke Hammond, William's father
- Noah Huntley as the King Magnus, Snow White's father
- Liberty Ross as the Queen Eleanor, Snow White's mother
- Christopher Obi as the voice of the Magic Mirror
- Rachael Stirling as Anna
- Hattie Gotobed as Lily
- Greg Hicks as Black Knight General
- Peter Ferdinando as Black Knight
- Anastasia Hille as Ravenna's mother
- The Dwarves
- Ian McShane as Beith, the leader of the Dwarves.
- Bob Hoskins as Muir, the blind, elder Dwarf, who possesses the powers of premonition.
- Johnny Harris as Quert, Muir's son.
- Toby Jones as Coll, Duir's brother.
- Eddie Marsan as Duir, Coll's brother.
- Ray Winstone as Gort, an ill-tempered Dwarf.
- Nick Frost as Nion, Beith's right-hand man.
- Brian Gleeson as Gus, the youngest of the Dwarves, who develops a bond with Snow White.
Film producers considered casting a lesser-known actress for the role of Snow White, with mention of Riley Keough, Felicity Jones, Bella Heathcote, Alicia Vikander, and Rachel Maxwell as possible picks. This idea became less likely as known actresses Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart were later rumoured to be short-listed for the role. On March 4, 2011, the casting rumors were fuelled even more by a series of tweets from co-producer Palak Patel that confirmed that Stewart was offered the role. The tweets also stated that an official confirmation would be coming out later that week, but it would be several weeks before her casting was officially confirmed by the studio.
At first, Winona Ryder was considered to play Ravenna, before the role went to Charlize Theron. Tom Hardy was first offered the role of Eric, the Huntsman, but turned down the offer which then went to Johnny Depp, who declined the role as well. Viggo Mortensen was in negotiations with Universal for the part, but ultimately turned down the role, too. Hugh Jackman was briefly offered the role, but also declined. In 2011, Thor star Chris Hemsworth was eventually cast in the role of the Huntsman.
Principal photography took place in the United Kingdom. The beach scenes were predominantly filmed in Pembrokeshire, on the Marloes Sands beach near the village of Marloes between September 26 and 29, 2011. Though the beach was not closed to the public during filming, as filming progressed, certain parts were advised to be off limits. A computer-generated castle was set on nearby Gateholm island. A field above the beach was used for production purposes, and a special wooden ramp was built for vehicles and horses to access the beach.
Gavin Free worked on this film.
In North America, the film earned $1,383,000 from midnight showings. For its opening day, the film topped the box office with $20,468,525. It debuted in first place at the box office during its opening weekend with $56,217,700. It is the seventeenth highest-grossing 2012 film.
Snow White and the Huntsman received mixed reviews; the film has a 48% "rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 209 reviews with a consensus reading, "While it offers an appropriately dark take on the fairy tale that inspired it, Snow White & the Huntsman is undone by uneven acting, problematic pacing, and a confused script." CinemaScore polls conducted revealed the average grade that filmgoers gave the film was a "B" on an A+ to F scale.
David Edelstein of New York praised the film's revisionist tone and said the film was "strongly influenced by a lot of smart, feminist thinking", and Roger Ebert gave the film 3.5 stars out of 4. A.O. Scott of The New York Times praised Theron's performance and also wrote, "Though it is an ambitious – at times mesmerizing – application of the latest cinematic technology, the movie tries to recapture some of the menace of the stories that used to be told to scare children rather than console them." Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly wrote, "Ravenna hates living in a world where men can feed on women's beauty and then toss them away. She's a fascist of feminism, and Theron's acting has the blood of operatic anger coursing through it." Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times said the film is, "an absolute wonder to watch and creates a warrior princess for the ages. But what this revisionist fairy tale does not give us is a passionate love – its kisses are as chaste as the snow is white." Rolling Stone's Peter Travers called it "A Visual Marvel!" while noting that Stewart "morphs convincingly from a skittish girl into a determined warrior princess." MSN news said that Stewart "grows into her character, it seems, and eventually got this reviewer completely on her side. Colin Covert of the Minneapolis Star Tribune gave the film 4/4 stars.
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said that while the film is "less jokey than the recent Mirror Mirror", "this Twilightified fairytale has the same basic problem," and that, "The result is tangled and overblown." Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle called it "[a] slow, boring film that has no charm and is highlighted only by a handful of special effects and Charlize Theron's truly evil queen." Michael O'Sullivan of the Washington Post also gave the film a negative review: "Overlong, overcrowded, overstimulating and with an over-the-top performance by Charlize Theron as the evil queen Ravenna, the movie is a virtual orchard of toxic excess, starting with the unnecessarily sprawling cast of characters." Lisa Kennedy of the Denver Post gave the film two out of four stars and said, "Only Bob Hoskins as the blind seer Muir comes close to making us care. We can almost glean Snow White's heroic possibilities through his clouded eyes. As much as we'd like to, we certainly can't from Stewart's efforts."
|2012||Charlize Theron||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Hissy Fit||Won|
|2012||Kristen Stewart||Teen Choice Award||Choice Summer Movie Star: Female||Won|
|2012||Chris Hemsworth||Teen Choice Award||Choice Summer Movie Star: Male (also for The Avengers)||Won|
|2012||Sam Claflin||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Breakout||Nominated|
|2012||Charlize Theron||Teen Choice Award||Choice Movie Villain||Nominated|
|2012||Charlize Theron||Teen Choice Award||Choice Summer Movie Star: Female (also for Prometheus)||Nominated (she lost to Kristen Stewart)|
|2012||Chris Hemsworth||GQ Award||GQ Men Of The Year Award for International Breakthrough||Won|
|2012||Colleen Atwood||Gucci Award||Best Costume Design||Nominated|
|2012||Florence and the Machine||World Soundtrack Awards||Best Original Song Written Directly for a Film||Nominated|
|2012||Chris Munro and Craig Henighan||Satellite Award||Best Sound (Editing & Mixing)||Nominated|
|2012||Wild Card and Universal Pictures||Golden Trailer Award||Best Action (for "Forever")||Won|
|2012||Universal Pictures||Golden Trailer Award||Best Summer Blockbuster 2012 TV Spot (for "Ravenna")||Won|
|2012||Universal Pictures||Golden Trailer Award||Best Motion/Title Graphics (for "Domestic Trailer 2")||Nominated|
|2012||Universal Pictures and Wild Card||Golden Trailer Award||Best Summer Blockbuster 2012 TV Spot (for "Bound")||Nominated|
|2012||Universal Pictures and Aspect Ratio||Golden Trailer Award||Best Summer Blockbuster 2012 TV Spot (for "Kingdom")||Nominated|
|2012||Universal Pictures and Wild Card||Golden Trailer Award||Best in Show ( for "Forever")||Nominated|
|2012||Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson||St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association||Best Visual Effects||Nominated|
|2012||Greig Fraser||San Diego Film Critics Society Awards||Special Award||Won|
|2012||Film||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Film||Nominated|
|2013||Chris Hemsworth||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Action Movie Star (also for The Avengers)||Nominated|
|2013||Charlize Theron||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Dramatic Movie Actress (also for Prometheus)||Nominated|
|2013||Kristen Stewart & Chris Hemsworth||People's Choice Awards||Favorite On-Screen Chemistry||Nominated|
|2013||Kristen Stewart||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Face of Heroism||Nominated|
|2013||Colleen Atwood||Academy Awards||Best Costume Design||Nominated|
|2013||Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson||Academy Awards||Best Visual Effects||Nominated|
|2013||Kristen Stewart||Golden Raspberry Awards||Worst Actress (also for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2)||Won|
|2013||Film||Saturn Awards||Best Fantasy Film||Nominated|
|2013||Charlize Theron||Saturn Awards||Best Supporting Actress||Nominated|
|2013||Colleen Atwood||Saturn Awards||Best Costume||Nominated|
|2013||Cedric Nicolas-Troyan, Philip Brennan, Neil Corbould and Michael Dawson||Saturn Awards||Best Special Effects||Nominated|
|2013||Kristen Stewart||2013 MTV Movie Awards||Best Hero||Nominated|
A sequel was planned, with director Rupert Sanders in talks to return. However, in August 2012, it was announced in the aftermath of the scandal involving Sanders cheating on his wife with Stewart the sequel was shelved, and a spin-off film concentrating on the Huntsman was planned instead, which would not star Stewart. Universal announced a few days later that they were not shelving the sequel.
A recent report has stated that Universal has authorized a sequel and Stewart is set to reprise her role, but without Sanders to return as the director because of the scandal. The script has been written and production is set to begin at some point in 2013. The film will be released in 2015.
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