I didn’t see this movie in the theaters. I didn’t buy the DVD. I rented it. With Kristen Stewart in one of the lead roles, I was skeptical as to how good it could possibly be. I guess a pretty face is enough for a few moviegoers, but most of us expect more.
So many reviewers have already gone into the details of the story here, I won’t add to that. Instead, I’ll stick to what I think works and doesn’t work about the film overall.
What works: Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron. Both are outstanding actors portraying complex, interesting characters–but their talents are wasted here. Stewart is an albatross around their necks–as one reviewer here noted, Hemsworth seemed to be pleading in his scenes with her for something, anything for him to work with. Both he and Theron have to carry her in every scene they share.
Stewart has one facial expression, even in her “death” scene. She always looks constipated. Acting must be a painful process for her. I can only hope if there’s a sequel, it will be focused on the Huntsman, as has been rumored. I could also see a film delving into Ravenna’s past–the glimpses of her childhood in the film were intriguing.…