The only thing worse than having two different Snow White adaptations competing for our attention, is that neither one of them turned out to be worthy of more than five minutes of it.
First came “Mirror, Mirror” in the spring with a winsome, comedic takeoff on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale. It managed to be more cute than funny. Then for summer we got “Snow White and the Huntsman,” a down-and-dirty version where Snow grabs a sword and shield and takes it to the evil Queen.
Alas.First-time director Rupert Sanders and star Kristen Stewart may have shared some heat in real life, but it’s certainly not up on the screen. This is a long, listless affair featuring a whole bunch of pouting – occasionally interrupted by action scenes with a heavy CGI assist.
And, we get the insertion of an unnecessary element: A pumped-up repository of Y-chromosome fortitude – the eponymous Huntsman, played by Chris Hemsworth fresh off his “Thor” stint. The Huntsman is big and brutish. Tagged by the Queen (Charlize Theron) to kill fragile Snow, he instead signs up as her right-hand man.
Usually in these sorts of movies, it’s the useless female character crammed into mix. It turns out doing it the other way doesn’t work any better.