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Snow White and the Hunstman 2012 ***

Kristen Stewart’s development as an actress was clear from her growing confidence in her portrayal of Bella in the Twilight films; her rise from virgin to vampire matriarch is quite a curve, and Stewart proved more than up to it. Casting her as Snow White gave her an ideal opportunity to demonstrate her range in Rupert Sanders revision of the classic fairy-tale, with Charlize Theron as the villainous queen and Chris Hemsworth as the huntsman she teams up with. The ads and publicity for the film emphasized the romance between them, omitting the dwarves with are superbly rendered and played by stalwart performers like Eddie Marsan, Nick Frost, Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins. Sanders works wonders with the effects, and the script (by Saving Mr Banks’s John Lee Hancock amongst others) is smart and intelligent; the final shot suggests’s that Snow White’s triumph may also be her downfall, but this is one of the few special-effects extravaganzas compelling enough to make a sequel a welcome prospect.


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