Welcome back! It’s been nearly a month since my last post, sorry for the break. In that time I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno and settled into working full time. Without further ado, let’s get into one of the newest films coming out this weekend!
Remember when the Box Office disappointment ‘Mirror Mirror’ was released a few short months ago? I warned you that another film, taking on the classic fairytale Snow White, was on the horizon. That film is now here and it looks GOOD. ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ comes to us from the producer of Alice in Wonderland, Joe Roth, via Universal Pictures. Universal Pictures has had their share of disappointments and successes this year but a lot is riding on this film. A second film is already in the works, while the first, coming out this Friday was shot on a $170 million dollar budget.
‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ features the acting talent of Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth, a trio of Hollywood players that have seen much recent success. Stewart is one of the headliners of the Twilight franchise, while Hemsworth starts in the current Box Office smash ‘The Avengers’ and Charlize Theron is coming from the critically acclaimed ‘Young Adult.’ Other than showcasing their three stars, advertisements for the film display a considerably darker theme and story than ‘Mirror Mirror’ from earlier this year. ‘Huntsman’ is the story of Queen Ravenna’s (Theron) attempt to maintain power over the latest kingdom she has conquered. After speaking to her Magic Mirror, Queen Ravenna learns that her stepdaughter, Snow White (Stewart) is set to overthrow her to become the Queen of the kingdom. The Queen attempts to have her stepdaughter murdered by a Huntsman (Hemsworth) only to unwittingly assist Snow White in her claim to power.
The film is rated PG-13 and one can see why through the trailers. The theme is dark, there is a lot of violence and Charlize Theron gives a surprisingly convincing performance as Queen Ravenna. So far, the film has mixed reviews, with a 46% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Complaints come from the direction of the film, as well as the casting of Kristen Stewart among other things. Midnight showings suggest that the film could open with nearly $50 million this weekend, which wouldn’t be a bad start. It will have grossed 75% of Mirror Mirror’s all-time gross in just one weekend. Regardless of the critics’ opinion, the film will debut at #1 this weekend. ‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ is out in theaters now.