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‘Snow White and the Huntsman’ cures fantasy blues

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POSTED: June 12, 2012 2:00 p.m.

Are there any fantasy lovers in the house? Have you been suffering from “Lord of the Rings” withdrawal? Well, the doctor is in, and I may just have a cure coming up in today’s review.

If the kind of sweeping fantasy adventure typified by the “LOTR” trilogy and the HBO series “Game of Thrones” has been missing from your life, then I’ve got great news: “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which opened last weekend and took the top spot at the box office, is a fantasy epic that adds spice to the classic fairy tale.

Yes, there was another Snow White film released this year, which was called “Mirror, Mirror” and starred Julia Roberts as the evil queen, but that one looked really silly to me. Sorry.

When Snow White (Kristen Stewart of the “Twilight” series) escapes the scary but beautiful Queen Ravenna (Charlize Theron) by entering the Dark Forest, only a fearless huntsman (Chris “Thor” Hemsworth) can retrieve her. Will he bring Ravenna Snow White’s heart, or will he protect the girl instead?

The cast is fantastic. All seven dwarves are amazing. (Actually there are eight, but that’s OK.) And Stewart, who should have been the movie’s weakest link, is surprisingly strong in her role.

Sure, there are a few plot holes, but all in all, “Snow White and the Huntsman” is a dazzling fantasy that reminded this reviewer of classic fantasy tales like “Willow.” Remember that one?

I’d watch “Snow White and the Huntsman” again! Which means … I’m a fan!

McBrayer’s column appears weekly in the Courier. If you’re a fan of Showtime with Sasha, watch reviews at www.coastalcourier.com.

 

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