YMMV / Snow White and the Huntsman

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Ravenna spares Snow White and simply locks her in a tower for years. When we see the girl grown up, she appears to have at least been regularly fed and treated decently. So that begs the question of whether Ravenna genuinely felt affection for the girl. She only moves to kill the princess when she learns that it'll grant her eternal youth and beauty. Is this twisted affection on Ravenna's part, or is it an effect of Snow's fairest blood?
  • Cry for the Devil: Ravenna, who was taken from her mother by her homeland's king.
  • Evil Is Cool/Evil Is Sexy: Queen Ravenna.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Most fans preferred the Snow White/Huntsman pairing as opposed to Snow White/William, especially since it's the Huntsman's True Love Kiss that wakes her.
  • Foe Yay: Ravenna as William kisses Snow White. Snow White initiates it, but Ravenna!William tries to go back in for another kiss, but seems to catch him/herself.
  • Girl Show Ghetto: Zigzagged. Snow White is the lead but she's barely featured on some of the posters, the marketing choosing to focus on Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. However given the title has 'Snow White' in it, that was a pretty clear indicator that she was the lead. The film did make plenty of money at the box office, and combined with the success of The Hunger Games, it was made clear that Hollywood was strongly considering greenlighting female-driven action movies.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • Now that it's public knowledge that Kristen Stewart (playing the title role) and Rupert Sanders (director) had an affair, it makes the movie either more watchable or cringeworthy depending on your tastes. Let's just say lines about Snow White having the "fairest blood" or being "pure" are full of retroactive irony. One wonders what the DVD commentary - not this onenote  - would have in store...
    • Not to mention the fact that one of the fairytale's themes is that of an older woman being supplanted by a younger beauty. Now consider the fact that Snow White's mother was played by the director's real-life wife...
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Sam Claflin plays an expert archer who gets his way onto Finn's team by shooting his current archer. The next team he joins certainly doesn't need another bowman.
  • Just Here for Godzilla:
    • After a fashion, for those who may watch for Ravenna, the Huntsman, the dark fantasy, the action scenes, etc. - with Snow White low on the list of priorities. It's telling that Snow White isn't even FEATURED in some of the posters...
    • Just Here for Thor with a Scottish Accent.
  • Moral Event Horizon: The wicked queen and her brother crossed it long ago, as Snow White's kingdom isn't the first they took over using the same Honey Trap ploy.
  • Narm Charm:
  • One-Scene Wonder: Early on, one of the resistance fighters and his son are captured and brought before the Queen. The father stays silent and ignores the Queen's taunting, but the son grabs a dagger and stabs her in the stomach. Granted, it doesn't kill her but you have to admire his spirit.
  • Overshadowed by Controversy: The stigma of Kristen Stewart's fling/affair with the (married) director will likely follow this movie forever now.
  • She Really Can Act: Some who haven't seen Kristen Stewart outside of Twilight are getting this reaction. Others feel the complete opposite.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The critical reviews appear to be leaning between So Cool It's Awesome and the exact opposite. The fan reaction, meanwhile, has been more in the middle.
  • Squick: Good Lord, Ravenna is doing this almost the entire movie. Ravenna's implied incestuous relationship with her brother, the Queen's creepy relationship with Snow White, her used milk bath being piped to peasants outside to collect and drink, the scene where she eats the raw hearts of dead birds, the scene after she poisons Snow White and all her disgusting dead crows slowly ooze together to form her body. By far, the creepiest moment has to be when she tricks Snow White into eating a poisoned apple by pretending to be William and allowing Snow White to kiss her. Even if you claim Foe Yay, it's downright gross.
    • A deleted scene seen in promotional videos of the film show Ravenna apparently having an orgasm in her milk bath, and people drink that stuff. Try un-seeing that.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Special mention goes to the dark forest, the glass soldiers, and the dwarves.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Many had trouble getting past the conceit that Kristen Stewart is "fairer" than Charlize Theron. The movie does stress that it's Snow White's inner beauty rather than outer however.
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