"An Epic Triumph of Good over Evil"
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (SWATH) is an epic, allegorical fairytale in the vein of C.S. Lewis’s NARNIA CHRONICLES. It extols the triumph of Good over Evil in two-hours of jam-packed fun, graced with superb performances, fabulous costuming, and effective special effects that add to a tightly-written script, strong directing, and a gripping story. This new twist on the dark, age-old tale, thoughtfully and artfully infused with explicit Christian values and allegorical symbolism, is sure to delight many moviegoers and perhaps be a big hit with teenagers and adults.
Once upon a time, in a far away land, an evil witch murders the king her husband, usurps the throne, and imprisons his daughter. But, this is no ordinary queen. She is a sorceress, bound by a spell to triumph over men and remain the fairest of them all by sucking the life out of young girls and eating their hearts. Imagine her horror, then, when her magic mirror reveals one day that someone has come of age, who surpasses her beauty and is endowed with the purest heart of all – Snow White, her stepdaughter. And yet, the mirror adds, if the queen were to eat her rival’s heart, she would become immortal and secure her physical appearance for all eternity.
Enraged, the queen sends her brother to retrieve her stepdaughter, but Snow White escapes into the dark forest. Beside herself with anger, the evil queen orders a huntsman to track her down and bring her back. In exchange for this deed, she tricks him into believing she can bring his dead wife back to life.
However the huntsman is won over by Snow White’s purity and beauty, as well as her plea for help. He promises to lead her across the dark forest to the home of her uncle the duke. There, they can rejoin the army and hatch a plan to vanquish the queen and restore hope and fertility to the land. That is Snow White’s destiny – to be a vessel for healing and the triumph of good over evil. To accomplish this, like Joan of Arc, she must don her chain mail and ride out to battle in the name of everything that’s good and righteous.
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is graced with beautiful cinematography, superb pacing, a gripping score, a tight script, great directing, and fantastic acting. This is an exciting and thrilling movie. Best of all, the movie is artfully infused with overt and symbolic Christian elements that will delight media-wise viewers. Snow White’s defeat of the evil queen proves the movie’s premise that the human soul in service to the Christian God can act as a vessel for God’s will in overcoming the demonic forces of darkness, or evil. However, some caution is advised due to the evil queen’s dark villainy, the intense action, and epic battle scenes reminiscent of the LORD OF THE RINGS movies and likely to scare younger viewers.
(CCC, BBB, O, L, VV, S, N, A, D, MM) Very strong Christian, moral worldview, including female protagonist establishes herself as a Christian from the outset by reciting the Lord’s Prayer in its entirety, references to sorcery-created army as being spawned by the “devil,” wedding and later coronation in cathedral complete with symbolic rose windows and bishops present bearing their crosiers, central appearance of the age-old symbol of Christ as the Aslan-like allegorical white hart that is struck by an arrow in a Narnia-esque fairyland to “bless” the protagonist and a blind dwarf declares “I know son, it’s Him,” when the huntsman believes Snow White to be dead, he declares she will now “be a queen in Heaven and sit among the angels,” as well as an undergirding theme of true vs. false healing of the land and of the human soul and the importance of developing the “eyes to see,” all heavily steeped in the Biblical motifs of friendship, loyalty, family, and doing one’s duty not only towards others but towards the Good and, ultimately, the Christian God, which results in the defeat of the evil usurping queen/witch who resembles C.S. Lewis’s White Witch of Narnia and stands for vanity, cruelty, sin, sorcery, and false healing; three obscenities (one “d” word and two “h” words) and one light profanity; lots of action violence with some blood but not gory, battle scenes, hand-to-hand combat, and death, plus some scary monsters, with characters shot with arrows and killed with swords and daggers; wife lays fully clothed on top of husband in the nuptial bed but kills him before any sexual act occurs, and Snow White kisses William and is kissed chastely in death by the Huntsman, resulting in her coming back to life through the invocation of pure love and the reference to her being chosen by the Christian God to sit among His angels; partial but not explicit upper female nudity (no breasts exposed) and full back nudity when Queen takes a bath in what appears to be milk, with a second shot of her naked back to emphasize how skinny and evil she is; huntsman is referred to as a drunk; one dwarf refers to eating mushrooms in fairyland; and, deception and vanity but defeated, and, while Snow White represents the celebration of true family values and loyalty, the wicked queen and her brother provide the contrast of a dysfunctional family, although this is never uplifted in the story as a model.
In SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, an evil witch murders the king her husband and imprisons his daughter, Snow White. The queen’s magic mirror reveals that Snow White has surpassed her beauty and is endowed with the purest heart of all. The mirror adds, if the queen were to eat her rival’s heart, she can become immortal and secure her physical appearance forever. Snow White escapes into the dark forest. Enraged, the evil queen orders a huntsman to track her down. She tricks him into believing she can bring his dead wife back to life. However, the huntsman is won over by Snow White’s purity, beauty, and her pleas for help. Together, they hatch a plan to lead an army to vanquish the queen.
SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN is graced with beautiful cinematography, a tight script, great directing, and fantastic acting. It’s an exciting, thrilling movie. Best of all, it’s artfully infused with overt and symbolic Christian elements that will delight media-wise viewers. However, some caution is advised for SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN due to intense action violence, some scary content, and the evil queen’s dark villainy.