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?
Evil is Cool: Ravenna is also a huge badass, who's nearly invincible and doesn't seem to even need the massive army she commands. One of Ravenna's coolest moments is when she stands in the middle of a fire just to deliver a Badass Boast.
Evil Is Sexy: Ravenna is played by Hollywood beauty Charlize Theron. In the early parts of the film, before Ravenna's appearance deteriorates as her powers weaken, her beauty is showcased to its full extent.
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. Notably the sequel, which put emphasis on The Huntsman rather than Snow White, wasn't nearly as successful.
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. 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...
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.
Fans can't decide on whether Snow White's Rousing Speech is this or just straight up Narm.
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.
So Okay, It's Average: The critical reviews appear to be leaning between enthusiastic raving and the exact opposite. The fan reaction, meanwhile, has been more in the middle.
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.
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.