100 movies: Snow White and the Huntsman

100 movies of 2012

Every year I set myself a target, usually of about 100, of films to watch. These are new films. Not new, new films. But films that are new to me. Any time I’ve seen a new one, I post a bit of a brain dump of my thoughts on the film here. Enjoy!

Snow White and the HuntsmanSnow White and the Huntsman (05/06/12)

In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to kill Snow White turns into her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen and help Snow White reclaim the throne.

Would someone please figure out a way to get an expression out of Kristen Stewart’s face. It would have made this film a million times better! Who on Earth thought it was a good idea to put her in the lead role which required her to be charming and gracious and get some sympathy out of the audience? Show me their face!

Aside from my annoyances with Stewart, I enjoyed this film. A nice bit of retelling of Snow White’s story. Surprised that there was actually a different spin left on this story which feels like it’s been done to death already with two other Snow Whites out there with Mirror, Mirror and Once Upon a Time.

Charlize Theron is the stand out performer in this film. She gets more to do other than walking into rooms looking dramatic and pissed off (Ahem, Prometheus. Ravenna is a very multi-faceted villain, unlike our ‘heroine’. By the end of the film I was beginning to feel for the pressures that Ravenna had put on herself because of her past. Yes, a little part of me wanted her to win out.

Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman was a good solid character too. I don’t think he was a stretch for Hemsworth to play, but I enjoyed his role. Even with his Scottish accent. Which wasn’t as atrocious as I was expecting. The Huntsman has always been such a quiet, untold character. I would have liked a bit more from him, heck, it would have been a great spin for him to have been the lead instead of Snow White. That’s just my brain talking crazy!

The film was entertaining. I believe it was trying to be massive in scope competing with the big fantasy films like Lord of the Rings. (There was one scene that felt right out of FOTR – Snow White getting chased by those black riders after her escape felt very similar to Arwen getting chased by the Ringwraithes.) I don’t think it quite pulled it off. But the film did create a rich little universe. I do like when fairytales are given a bit more of an edge.

Not as great as I’d hoped, but still a fun little ride. After the first hour or so.

Oh and fun fact, this is the fifth Chris Hemsworth featuring film I’ve seen this year. Nah… I don’t think I have a problem.
Rating: 3/5

Read on to see all the films watched this year…

120+ movies: The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn

120+ Movies of 2011, Annual Movie Challenge

The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the UnicornThe Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (27/10/11)

Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor. But someone else is in search of the ship.

This was the kind of film I was hoping the last Indiana Jones was going to be. It’s fun. It’s not just for kids. And it’s fun. Though one irk to get out of the way – I don’t understand in the point of doing an animated feature if the point of your animation is to make it as realistic as using people. Why not just use people and live action! Answers on a postcard please!

Minus my little irk, I really enjoyed the film. There was a father sitting near me who kept telling his children, who didn’t seem to care, that it was exactly like the old comics and cartoon. He couldn’t stop telling them how much it was like he hoped it would be!

All the voice talent was spot on. Most of the time I couldn’t tell the difference between Simon Pegg and Nick Frost! Jamie Bell’s voice was almost unrecognisable as Tintin. He did good!

The story was a simple one, but it didn’t need to be anything more than it was. There wasn’t anything unexpected. There didn’t need to be. There’s enough character in the characters and a few laugh out loud lines. Or at least moments that will deserve a snort.

Go and see it. Not in 3D. I think I might be blind to 3D. Barring a few moments of floaty dust and swords protruding, I just didn’t see the 3D!

One last thing – the opening sequence is beautiful. John Williams score and some gorgeous animation. Yes, it’s a bit Catch Me If You Can, but it’s still a wonderful opening title sequence.
Rating: 4/5

Read on to see the entire list of movies seen this year so far:

120+ movies: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

120+ Movies of 2011

Tinker Tailor Soldier SpyTinker Tailor Soldier Spy (23/09/11)

In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet agent within MI6’s echelons.

I admit that throughout about 40% of this film I was confused. I was confused with what was going on, why it was going on and where it was going on. Regardless, I think I enjoyed the confusion because I left the cinema feeling like I’ve experienced one heck of a brilliant film.

Amazing performances from all involved. I couldn’t have guessed what was going on with the storyline if I had tried. I was using so much brainpower to concentrate and keep up with the film, trying to predict anything would have severely hindered my ability to just watch. So I sat back an enjoyed.
Rating: 5/5

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