Posted by Ingi on Thursday, May 31, 2012 Categories: movies: snow white and the huntsman, movies:swath, SWATH Reviews
Giving a fiery call-to-arms speech to a mass of assembled troops in a third act that has her essentially transformed into Joan of Arc, Stewart is miles outside her range, but she remains a great existential screen presence. There are a number of ‘supercuts’ floating around YouTube that mockingly catalog Stewart’s mannerisms — the sideways glances, the lip gnashed with the Chiclet overbite — but what the compilers fail to recognize is that many of our finest classical film actors have made brilliant careers from a single, essential expression.
But none of it would work without Stewart's steely Snow White as the bough that will not break, and never have the actress' soulful eyes and exposed heart worked more in her favor.
Stewart has to tread a fine line as Snow White between passive victim and active protagonist, and it’s surprising how successfully she does so. It’s popular to criticise Stewart for a lack of range, but here her performance works quite well. What’s particularly impressive is how flawless her accent is. In fact, hers is the most consistent accent in the film, even amongst the cast members born and raised in England.
Stewart is sufficiently divisive anyway, that her presence will likely upset some viewers, but if you can get over the Twilight baggage, she’s actually rather good, and certainly holds her own against Theron.
Stewart in particular proves herself a worthy screen heroine, her Snow White likeable enough to break hearts (including that of an angry forest troll and a Princess Mononoke-style forest spirit), walk on water or even command armies.
Snow White, is of course, innocence at its most pure and literally beautiful, but what really impresses is the transformation of the source text from one which seems anachronistic in light of feminism – waiting for a man to save the day – into one of proactive escape from one’s oppressors. The seemingly delicate fairytale figurehead is repositioned as a gusty leader of men – a risky move, and one which didn’t work so well in Tim Burton’s flaccid Alice in Wonderland – with Stewart’s intensity making up for her waifish, presumably inoffensive frame. It would definitely be fair to say that Theron patently outdoes Stewart in the pic’s first half, dominating the screen, but she later bows out for a lengthy time, giving both Stewart and Snow White time to forge their identities.
As for Stewart, her casting certainly surprised some; the actress has an often awkward style of delivery and it wasn’t seen as the perfect fit for such a conventionally thought of character. But her vulnerability actually serves her well; this is a young woman who has been cut off from the outside world for a very long time so the casting is spot on. It's the young actresses' best work to date and she should win herself some new fans - even if she never really convinces with the physicality of the role.
Stewart holds her own against the Oscar winner, showing a range of emotions from anger to sadness to courage.
For a fairly long stretch of the movie, Kristen Stewart just wasn't doing it for me. But she grows into her character, it seems, and eventually got this reviewer completely on her side.
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