I went to see BDP2 on the 17th with my best friends, just one day after it came out. We’d been looking forward to it for months… actually for about a year, since we had realised that since it was the last Twilight film we would ever be able to see together in a cinema.
In BDP1, Bella nearly dies giving birth to her half human half vampire child Renesmee, daughter to vampire Edward Cullen. Just as her heart fails, Edward changes her into a vampire.
In BDP2, Bella starts her new life as a newborn vampire with two special talents- self control and a shield that she can stretch to protect other people as well as herself against vampire powers. Renesmee is growing at an accelerated rate and all the Cullens are worried that she is going to continue to. She is measured every day. There is also the problem that Jacob has imprinted on Renesmee and Bella thinks that it’s wrong.
Irina, a friend of the Cullens turned foe because her mate was killed by the Cullen’s friends the werewolves, and sees Renesmee (or Nessie, as Jacob calls her). She mistakenly thinks that Renesmee is a human child who has been bitten and transformed into a vampire by the Cullens, which the Volturi (vampire royalty) have made illegal owing to the damage that vampire (or immortal) children have done in the past.
Irina reports it to the Volturi, as her own mother was killed by an immortal child and she still feels the loss. The Volturi decide destroy the Cullens for breaking a vampire law. To prove Renesmee is not an immortal child, the Cullens gather foreign vampire covens to act as witnesses to her growing and other obvious things which show that she is not a vampire. A battle follows. Either the Cullens will all die, or Renesmee will carry on growing at a dangerous rate and could be in serious danger. Or neither…
About two thirds of me completely loved this film for tying off the saga in a more than satisfactory way, and for reuniting me with all my favourite film characters, and being to only one I’ve seen in the cinema, and being an incredibly experience with my best friends. There are a million reasons why I love it, and I think that it was incredible, nearly perfect.
Once I had just got out of the cinema I was raving about it and it felt like the most amazing film ever, but after thinking about it for a while I’ve realised that it has a few faults, which as much I would not like to write I think I should since this is a review.
My favourite Twilight film was the first one, because it felt really fresh and original. If the first one was perfect, the second was amazing and the third was very good. The last two, compared to the books, didn’t totally live up to my (admittedly very high) expectations, growing more unrealistically perfect as they went along.
I felt like, since it was the last film, which is a very important thing for a lot of people, the director and producer could have tried a bit harder with it. The second half of the book is incredible but I felt like the script left out some of the best lines and although the actors acted the characters as well as they could they might have been getting a bit tired of the role after filming the same character for years. I felt that in the first few films the actors were close to their characters in a personal way and had their own particular ways of acting them, but for some reason that stopped in this film. I enjoyed it so much in a weird nostalgic way and it put me through a total emotional rollercoaster of memories.
OK, now for the faults.
To start with there was no character interaction, as in previous films. Everyone stood around in twos or threes, either in their family or in their couples, looking only at each other and hardly ever at anyone else. The groups didn’t really seem to interact. SInce the covens had come from places all over the world to help them, I felt that the Cullens talked to them remarkably little, and also since Bella was a new addition to the family they seemed to ignore her a bit.
I didn’t like the way it shows an easy, privileged, rich life to all it’s fans, who will either want it or already have it and take it completely for granted. Everyone looked like a model as well, and I know that vampires are supposed to be perfect and beautiful, but why would you dress in high heels in the deep snow for what you thought was going to be a battle?
And in the book, Bella comes back from her first hunt covered in blood with her dress ripped, but in this movie her make up and hair are perfect and she only has one small slit up her dress which has obviously been hemmed. It just seems a bit fake. I don’t think she was animal enough as a newborn- I know that her power is self control, but even so. The only place where she looked enough like an animal was when she was tracking an unfortunate hiker.
When Bella met Renesmee, and also when she met Charlie for the first time since the wedding, she just looked really human. She didn’t look as though she was trying not to kill them or wanted to drink their blood- she just looked really at ease. Charlie’s reaction to Jacob turning into a werewolf and his daughter turning into a fantasy character too.. and the fact that he suddenly has a grand daughter who looks three moths old even though Bella’s only been away for one was nowhere near dramatic enough either… he acts as though it’s totally normal.
Renesmee was also a big problem. She was CGI- a younger child’s body with Mackenzie Foy’s face pasted on which looked super creepy and unlovable, up until it was all Mackenzie Foy. I was a bit disappointed when it came to that bit because Mackenzie Foy is a very talented actress but Renesmee is really shy and speaks only about four times in the whole movie. I liked the bit where it shows the height chart and Renesmee is getting bigger and bigger, but every version looked totally different and even had different colour hair. The seventeen-year-old Renesmee was a seventeen-year-old body with Mackenzie Foy’s face pasted on again, which looked SO out of place. It was literally like someone had forgotten to correct lots of mistakes. I wish there was more Mackenzie-Renesmee in the movie though.
I think that Bella is very dismissive of her baby, as in the book she is completely in love with her but in the film she hardly ever seems to want to see her. I was building up lots of ideas of what scenes that were in the book would be like but most of them were cut out, and when Bella meets Nessie for the first time she doesn’t even seem very surprised- more like acceptant, but not delighted as she was in the book.
I thought that the Jacob and Bella fight scene was really good though, and Kristen Stewart’s acting was very good at that moment. I was SERIOUSLY glad that they kept one of my favourite lines in though- “You named my baby after the LOCK NESS MONSTER?!”
I really DO NOT want to give away the twist at the end because it was the suspense and having honestly no idea what was going to happen that made it good so I won’t say… You can find out for yourself! I would just like to say that most of the theatre was gasping and/or in tears!
The arm wrestle was SO good as well! They missed Renesmee’s cute little laugh at the end though :(
My other favourite scene is when Nessie is catching snowflakes with Jake and Bella and gets seen by Irina. It is a really adorable scene, and then you see Irina and you wonder why she doesn’t come over to talk to Bella, and you know that the happy families thing isn’t going to go on for much longer. I also loved when the Cullens and Jacob were trying to teach Bella to be more human. There was an extra line that was really good. Alice: Good. Jacob: For a cartoon character!
I LOVED Edward’s face when Bella is stronger than him!!!
I thought that the film started too quickly as well. The opening credits were beautiful, using photos of the reservation and the woods, as well as more abstract photos of snowflakes. They were really slow, with all the names of the actors in red or white, using the Twilight colour scheme. They were really beautiful, and I think that’s when I knew that the film was going to be amazing!
I did think that after the slow credits the film just went straight to the action, without doing a ‘Previously’ or a recap. Admittedly it’s probably only big Twilight fans who are going to see it, but if someone else does then they are going to have NO CLUE what is going on. Obviously I knew the story really well so I had no problems, but I explained it to my mum before hand and she still got confused. It is really the kind of film where you have to have at least watched Part One before. I loved the bit when Bella saw all the fibres in everything as she looked around with her new vampire eyesight, but that could have been longer too. I also liked how they did Bella’s shield, as it wasn’t like a cartoon transparent dome, just a subtle disturbance in the air.
The soundtrack was undeniably good, with one song by a cast member (Nikki Reed- Rosalie), a part two to the much loved ‘A Thousand Years’ and new songs from famous artists like Green Day and Ellie Goulding. Carter Burwell has written another beautiful score too.
I loved the recap at the end where Bella managed to push away her shield so that Edward can see her memories… it was the perfect finish.
I think that the film had too much to live up to and considering all the pressure, what came out at the end was REALLY good, despite missed favourite scenes from the book like Jake getting food in Rose’s hair and all the rubbish blonde jokes (I know that that was in the FIRST half of the book, not the second)… things like that would have brought it together.
There are many other good things about this film, which you will find out if you watch it. For Twilight fans, it is unmissable. For people who just want to see it for interest, read this review and then see what you think. Bear in mind that this is from someone who loves Twilight but has reviewed it fairly! Sorry that everything is all jumbled up and out of order… I just let the thoughts flow and was going to edit it at the end but by then it was too long!
Genre: Fantasy / romance / action
Estimated watching age: Twelve and up
Director: Bill Condon
Holly Berenson runs and owns a successful bakery and loves her job, and Eric Messer, who is nicknamed just plain ‘Messer’, is a technical television soccer director for Atlanta Hawks. He’s often late for his job or can’t make it to as place he’s supposed to be, whereas Holly is organised and takes pride in her job. they are both about as different as you can get. Their best friends Alison and Peter have a baby daughter, who they are both godparents to and love with all their hearts. Alison and Peter decide to set them up on a date, but as usual Messer is late and everything that could possibly go wrong goes wrong. Holly makes Alison promise that she never has to see him again.
But when Alison and Peter both die in a car crash, Holly and Messer find out something terrible. They both have to look after Sophie forever… together. But with their intense dislike for each other and almost competitive love for Sophie, it seems unlikely that it’s ever going to work…
I loved this film. Everything that seemed like a coincidence led up to something important. One moment I was laughing and the next I was crying. There was just the right amount of time before Alison and Peter died to get you to feel attached to them and to notice their obsession with Sophie, and that meant that it was very moving when you found out that they had died.
It was obvious from the beginning that Messer and Holly were going to get together in the end, but there are countless twists and turns along the way, some of which make you think that it’s not going to happen after all and Sophie’s going to get sent off to an orphanage and there’s going to a sad ending. All the acting is really good and Sophie is adorable.
My favourite moment was when Sophie, after countless failed efforts from Holly to get her to eat her homemade gourmet baby food instead of crisps and things from jars, finally takes a mouthful and doesn’t spit it out. I think it’s small things like that that make you think how good a film is.
I highly recommend this film for everyone in the family or for sleepovers. It’s another one of those films that I want to watch again and again, and I know that I’m not going to get tired of it. This is a film to watch!
Genre: Realistic / comedy / tragedy
Estimated watching age: Twelve and up
Price on Amazon: £4.75 for normal DVD, £6.25 for Blu-Ray
Director: Greg Berlanti
Names of the people who play the main characters: Katherine Heigl, Josh Duhamel
Rating: ★★★★★ One minute I was crying, the next I was laughing… very strong acting and script-writing.
Unfortunately this is the film I see every time my parents friends come to visit with their younger children, because it’s one of the only films in our house that is a PG that every wants to watch (apart from me). Consequently I have seen it sixteen times, so I will try not to make the review biased!
Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) is talented at voice acting but struggling to keep jobs because of his principles. He has three children- Lydia (Lisa Jakub), Chris (Matthew Lawrence) and Natalie (Mara Wilson) and a hard-working and successful wife, Miranda (Sally Field). They live in a huge house, which was paid for and decorated by Miranda (who is an interior designer), and seem very happy.
Miranda, however, has grown tired of having to arrive back from a hard day and clean up all the mess that Daniel was made in the house. He loves his children so much that he would give them anything, and that is what breaks the family up. On Chris’s birthday he has been banned from having a party by Miranda, owing to his bad report card. Daniel decides to throw one for him while Miranda is at work, but it gets to noisy and out of hand and a neighbour calls Miranda at work. She arrives back to find a zoo invading her house and goats eating her plants, the house full of food, noise, animals and children, a policeman outside, and Daniel dancing with Chris on the table.
Realising that she will have to clear the mess up and being furious at his irresponsibility, she arranges a divorce, and gains almost full custody of the children. Daniel is determined to get them back, and will do anything. This is when he comes up with his plan…
Mrs Doubtfire was one of the most funny films I have ever seen. My friends and I were laughing all the time. it is great for entertaining younger children and for family watching, and good for when you’re tired and want something easy to watch. If you like comedies it is a must-see. The bad thing about it was that with my favourite films I don’t mind watching them over and over and will always see something in them, whereas with this one there is really nothing below the surface. When I first saw it I loved it… now it’s getting old. I would really recommend it though.
Genre: Realistic / comedy
Estimated watching age: Six and up
Price on Amazon: £2.99 for normal DVD, no Blu-Ray
Director: Chris Columbus
Film certificate: PG
Names of the people who play the main characters: Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan, Sally Field
Other YouTube links: Hard to find, if you are interested and/or you like the movie, look them up.
Rating: ★★★★ Very funny, good for younger kids too, good sleepover material…
WARNING- DO NOT WATCH ANYMORE AFTER YOU CAN RECITE EVERY LINE!!!
I found My Sister’s Keeper in the DVD rental place near my house, going for 50p because no one was renting it. I bought it and watched it with my friend, and we both found it really sad… in fact we were crying by the end, but we both also agreed that it was amazing!
Anna Fitzgerald (Abigail Breslin) believes that she was put on the earth to save her sister. Kate (Sofia Vassilieva) her older sister, suffers from acute promyelocytic leukemia. She was diagnosed when she was very young, and her parents were told by the doctors that the only way they could save their beloved daughter is genetically conceive another daughter who will be able to be ‘spare parts’ to Kate. Anna had to have operations from when she was a baby, and the newest one means that she can’t play sport, be a cheerleader or have children- she has to donate a kidney to Kate because her own have failed.
The film is told from different points of view, using their interior monologue to tell the story. Anna’s is the most frequently used, but the switch is good because you can see that there’s more than one thing going on in the family, not just Kate’s illness. Anna’s parents push her to her limits. Anna knows that they love Kate more, but there’s something she’s not telling them. When she tries to refuse to donate her kidney to Kate, her parents are horrible to her. They don’t know that there’s a reason behind her doing so which is not for her benefit, which is for Kate’s. Anna tells her parents that she doesn’t want to do it because she deserves the rights to her own body and employs a lawyer to sue them for medical emancipation. The lawyer is very famous and Anna can’t pay him nearly enough to make it worthwhile for him, but he takes the case on for personal reasons, which you find out near the end.
Anna’s mother Sara (Cameron Diaz) is barely a person without her obsessive pushing to help her daughter Kate. She has given up work as a lawyer- her whole life revolves around Kate, and she doesn’t have room in her schedule for Anna or Jesse, Anna and Kate’s dyslexic brother, who needs more help than Kate, who has every relative and doctor fighting to save her. The film is full of flashbacks, which confused me quite a lot because there isn’t any kind of dreaminess or thoughtfulness to them so you can’t really tell what is a flashback and what isn’t. One of the flashbacks shows Kate in a relationship with Taylor Ambrose (Thomas Dekker), another cancer victim. He helps her through radiotherapy and you see how he makes her happy and makes her forget her illness.
You don’t see how on earth Kate can get through her illness. The court case reveals many things about the family and the characters and about Kate. This isn’t a spoiler because you can tell right from the beginning of the film, but right at the very end Kate dies. It’s incredibly moving and well-done, because there isn’t a huge funeral or dramatic lead up to it- she just dies, like people actually die. They have no serenade and usually no one around to watch their last breath. That’s what made it so sad- the fact that it was so realistic. The family’s lives continue and all of them get jobs and start moving on. You can tell that they’re never going to get over Kate’s death, but they don’t deny it and, just like she told them to, they start living their own lives, not just hers.
I really liked this film. The terminal illness theme was really sad, because by the time Kate dies you feel as though you really know her. It felt like actually watching someone die, and the good acting makes it more realistic but much, much more sad. I enjoyed seeing everyone’s point of view and looking back at Anna’s memories. I would really like to see how the book compares and whether it’s any better.
Estimated watching age: Twelve and up
Price on Amazon: £3.64 for normal DVD, £6.75 for Blu-Ray
Director: Nick Cassavetes
Names of the people who play the main characters: Abigail Breslin, Cameron Diaz, Sofia Vassilieva
I found Speak by clicking a link that was next to the Snow White and The Huntsman trailer on YouTube.
Melinda Sordino (Kristen Stewart) starts the first year of her school with no friends, being labelled as a squealer for calling 911 at the end of the previous end of term party. No one knows the real reason why, not even her parents. Melinda is quiet and seems to be living in her own head. Her parents leave her alone in the house and her mother never listens to Melinda’s opinions. They refuse to be nice to her as she suffers, believing she’s going through a teenage phase and that they’ve lost their ‘sweet, loving little girl’.
Only Melinda knows what happened to her at the party- she was raped by a boy called Andy Evans (Eric Lively), who is currently dating her old best friend Rachel, who has re-invented herself as Rachelle. All Melinda’s old friends have joined various cliques, and the new girl, Heather, who Melinda has helped at the start of term who doesn’t even notice that Melinda never speaks, joins one o the cliques and tells Melinda that while she has her ‘depression thing’ she doesn’t want to sit with her at lunch.
When Melinda’s parents see her bad report card, they think that she’s just not trying. They send her to see Mr Neck, a teacher who despises her for no good reason. He asks her to write an essay on any history topic, and she chooses the suffragettes. She presents it to him, having written it in the old school store cupboard where she spends a lot of her time, hiding from people but not wanting to go home. My Neck tells her that to get the marks for it she has to read it out in class, but Melinda does her best not to draw attention to herself and believes that she has the right not to speak if she doesn’t want to. Her lab partner Dave Petrakis (Michael Angarano) helps her to express her views in class, but she is sent to the school principal for impertinence.
Mr Freeman (Steve Zahn) is the new art teacher at the school, and gets Melinda interested in art. Her project for the year is trees, and although she starts off not being able to draw them properly, she end up a talented artist. Her parents start noticing this, and her favourite Christmas present from them is some drawing tools. Rachel, or Rochelle, is ignoring Melinda, but Melinda is scared that she’s going to suffer the same fate and although she resents her for not being there when she needed her most, Melinda tells her about what happened. At first Rachel doesn’t believe her, but then she notices that Andy is sometimes violent towards her and she starts telling other people what happened to Melinda.
Melinda is slowly becoming more confident and gaining some friends and better grades. But when Andy hears the rumours that are being spread about him, he comes after her and tries to attack her. Either Melinda could lose her confidence altogether, or she could fight back, start speaking out and start telling people what happened to her. She chooses the latter.
Although Melinda has regained some of her confidence, it is obvious that she needs time to get over what happened to her. By the end though, you know that she eventually will.
I liked this film because it shows what life in an American school might be like- very different from in an English school. The film really inspired me as well actually, because when I was little I loved art but I hadn’t been finding time to do enough of it and then I saw Speak and it made me want to start doing it again. Kristen Stewart’s acting in this film is really strong and she portrays Melinda perfectly.
This film was really moving, because it looks like Melinda’s just going to be trapped on her own for the rest of her life, but then she starts making things happen and breaking free from the cage she’s been trapped inside. The film is not very widely known- only real fans of the actors have found it. It’s not on sale in any shops or on Amazon. I also liked this about it, because it was made to put across a message, and only people who really want to hear what it has to say have ever watched it. It’s not the kind of film that everyone likes- like the Hunger Games or something. It’s more personal, and you can take what you want out of it- whether it’s a general message to keep going and speak out, or whether it’s something which actually means something to you in everyday life.
Estimated watching age: 12 and up
Price on Amazon: The only one there is is a version from the Czech Republic… there are only two copies. Because of this some one has put it up on YouTube, which is where I watched it.
Director: Jessica Sharzer
Film certificate: PG-13
Names of the people who play the main characters: Kristen Stewart, Michael Angarano, Eric Lively, Hallee Hirsh, Steve Zahn
This is for Part One of the full movie- follow the links to other parts:
Rating: ★★★★★ One of my favourite ever films. Obviously just personal view, but it is really REALLY good.
Twelve-year-old red-haired Brendan lives in a small village, which is preparing itself for a Viking invasion. His parents are dead and his guardian is his uncle, an abbot and the head of the village. He is intent on building a wall all the way around the village to keep it safe from the Vikings and assumes that Brendan will help him. Brendan is an apprentice in the scriptorium and is good friends with the monks, who tell tales of Aidan of Iona, a great illuminator, who is working on the Book of Iona. Iona is a small island near Kells.
Brother Aidan later comes to seek shelter in the village with his white kitten Pangur Ban and the unfinished book of Iona. Wanting to carry on his work on the book, Aidan sends Brendan into the forest to look for berries to make green ink, even though Brendan has been forbidden to enter the forest by his uncle. He wants to impress Brother Aidan though, so he takes a bag and sneaks out through a hole in the scaffolding holding up the wall. He has never been outside the village before. In the forest, which looks menacing at first but is beautiful if you know where to look, he meets a forest spirit called Aisling. Aisling can control everything in the forest- it is hers. She shows him where to look for the berries and helps him climb a tree for the first time. To start with she is hostile towards him, believing that he has come to steal her forest, but soon she realises that he is just an innocent boy and she befriends him.
Trying to sneak back into the village, he is caught by his uncle and banned from leaving the abbey where he and his uncle live. Brendan finds it too hard to stay away from the scriptorium though, and goes there to see Brother Aidan and be taught illumination. Later he ventures into the forest again and meets Aisling, who shows him more of the forest- the parts that you can go into without a fear, and the parts that you can’t. Brendan makes the mistake of entering the temple of Crom Cruach, who is an ancient Celtic deity. It is like a cave, and he would have got stuck inside it had Aisling not saved him. Brendan finds out that Aidan needs his help to finish the book, as he is growing old and his eyesight is failing him. He has lost the Eye of Collum-Cille, which is an eye-shaped crystal that he had used to do the finer detail on his work (it acted like a magnifying glass). His ancestor had got it from Crom Cruach. He knows where he lost it- he was running away from the burning Kells and it must have fallen out of his bag. One of the attacking Vikings stood on it and it shattered as he ran for his boat to try to get away.
Brendan realises that the book can only be completed properly if he obtains the other eye, so he tries to get out of the village to go to the shrine to get the other eye. He is caught and locked in his room by the abbot, and as far as he can see there is no way out. But aisling manages to free him, and together they go to try and take the eye from Crom Cruach, not knowing whether or not their mission is going to be successful…
I really enjoyed this film. I first saw it at the London Children’s Film Festival several years ago, where I was a Young Juror. I had to review the film after I saw it on the big screen, so this is my second time reviewing it. I loved the way all the illuminations came to life and I loved the animation style, which was brightly coloured in the appropriate places but dark and terrifying in others.
The storyline was original and interesting, but my only complaint was that the voices of the characters are slightly emotionless, and it sometimes made me come out of the film and think, ‘This is very believable’. It is really a young children’s film, but it interested me and inspired me to look at some more medieval illumination. It could also interest adults, because the storyline is gripping and the animation is good. It’s the kind of film you might watch as a family or show to young children. It was amazing on the big screen! My favourite scene was when Aisling shows Brendan the forest and is comes to life it beautiful bright colours. I would have enjoyed this film more if I was slightly younger, but it was still very good and I definitely advise that you watch it!
Estimated watching age: 8 and up
Price on Amazon: £5.67 for normal DVD, no BluRay that I can see
Producer: Tomm Moore, Didier Brunner, Paul Young and Viviane Vanfleteren
Director: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Film certificate: PG
Names of the people who play the main characters: There are none, it’s an animation
Rating: ★★★ I would have enjoyed it more if I was a bit younger but it is perfect for young children
Snow White is a small child, playing with her friend William and climbing trees and rescuing birds, when her mother dies. After his wife’s tragic death Snow’s father King Magnus does not intend to remarry but, out hunting, he comes upon a battered cart. When he opens the door, he finds a beautiful woman chained to the walls. She enchants him and he falls in love with her. When he announces that he is going to marry her, the innocent Snow White is oblivious to the fact that Ravenna is evil and intends to steal her father’s throne and rule the land. She sees her stepmother as a kindly person, being to young to see past the façade the new queen has adopted. On their wedding night, Ravenna murders King Magnus and her soldiers storm the castle, setting fire to everything they can lay their hands on. Snow’s playmate William and his father Duke Hammond escape the burning castle, but William fails to persuade his father to turn back to save Snow. They ride away, leaving her in the hands of Ravenna, who is joined by her evil brother Finn.
Seven years later, Snow is still imprisoned in the tower where she was first taken. The castle is grey and dreary and its inhabitants are gloomy and dispirited. The land, once green and lush, has been poisoned by Ravenna’s evil reign and is black and charred. Even the sky is grey. Ravenna’s magical powers enable her to absorb young women’s beauty by breathing it in and leaving them lying dead with grey hair and wrinkles. This way she can make herself almost immortal. She has a magic mirror, which can melt off the wall and turn into a faceless golden man. This magic mirror reveals to the queen that Snow White will become fairer than her, and if the queen can kill her she will be indestructible, immortal. If not Snow White was the power to destroy her forever. On learning this she sends Finn to Snow’s tower to bring Snow to her. Snow has been looking out of a window and sees a bird very like the one she once rescued. The bird hops along the windowsill and lands on a big metal nail. Snow manages to pull it out of the wall and is lying on her bed with it hidden in her hand when Finn comes in to take her away. He sits on the bed and talks to her, trying to make her trust him so that he can get his hands on her. Thankfully she doesn’t believe him for a moment and she stabs him with the nail before running to the open cell door as fast as she can.
Finn alerts the guards and they chase her, and as she runs out into the open courtyard she can see no other option but to escape through a sewer. From there she jumps off a cliff into the sea that surrounds the castle and finds herself on a rocky beach with a white horse by her side. She mounts it and rides for the Dark Forest. The Dark Forest is the most feared place in the kingdom, and understandably so. Terrifying creatures lurk inside, and the ground is unsteady and dry one second but muddy the next. Snow can hear the knights on horseback coming up behind her and so when the white horse gets stuck in a mud hole she has to abandon it and carry on on her own. The knights fear the Dark Forest, so they turn back and she makes her way through the Dark Forest slowly and fearfully. Ravenna is furious when the knights tell her what happened, so she sends them to find somebody who does not fear the Dark Forest so they can hunt her down. The knights and Finn arrive at a small village where a drunk man has got into a fight. He is Eric the Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) and he is somebody who is known to venture into the Dark Forest often. The knights take him to the queen and because he, like everybody else, hates her, he challenges her and asks what she’ll do if he refuses. The knights around him immediately turn on him, but the queen offers something better than anything else he could wish for. He is a widower- his wife has recently passed away. Knowing that she will never do anything of the sort, she tells him that she can bring his wife back to life, but he does not believe her. To avoid getting killed, he goes into the Dark Forest to search for Snow, but when he finds her instead of capturing her he helps her get away and looks after her in the Dark Forest which she does not know her way around.
The Duke and William talk in the Duke’s castle, and William says he has to go and save Snow White. The Duke lets him go, and William joins Finn’s soldiers as an archer to go to search for Snow White. Meanwhile the Huntsman and Snow spend the night in an all-female village where everybody has cut their faces to prevent themselves from being any use to the evil queen. Without beauty, they are not noticeable. The Huntsman leaves Snow sleeping and walks away, hoping to leave her to be cared for in the village while he goes back home. He’s not gone far when he realises that Finn’s men have managed to track them there. They burn the village to the ground, and, against his better judgment the Huntsman returns to save her. William sees Snow being led by the hand by the Huntsman, and although he calls her she doesn’t hear and doesn’t turn around. The Huntsman and Snow escape by boat and are left in a forest, where eight dwarves find them. The dwarves join the cause to help Snow save the kingdom from Ravenna and they take her through their mine to a hidden enchanted forest, where there are fairies and other woodland animals and everything is green. There Snow White is blessed by the woodland spirit- a white deer with huge horns. The dwarves tell the Huntsman that she will be the one to end the darkness.
Finn, his men and William manage to find them there too though, and before they can all escape Gus, one of the eight dwarves is killed. William joins Snow White’s side and the Huntsman kills Finn. The rest of the knights run away. That evening the dwarves, Snow, the Huntsman and William have an emotional funeral for him late at night before going to sleep in preparation for the long walk to the Duke’s castle the next day. Snow wakes up early and goes into the woods, where she meets Ravenna disguised as William. ‘William’ offers Snow an poisoned apple and she takes it and eats it, which sends her into a death-like state. Even a kiss from William cannot break the spell, but when she has been carried back to Duke Hammond’s castle and laid in the church for the funeral the next day, the Huntsman appears, distraught and inconsolable. He kisses her goodbye and leaves the church. The kiss wakes Snow White and she walks into the courtyard where everyone is mourning her. The speech she then makes converts everyone who is still unsure about following her and they plan a full-scale attack on the castle the next day.
Huge numbers of Duke Hammond’s nights charge across the beach, led by Snow White, and the dwarves sneak into the sewer that Snow used to escape to open the gates for them. Ravenna uses her magic to conjure up black knights from glass shards and sends them to deal with the Duke’s men whilst she tries to kill Snow. Ravenna is just about to stab in the heart when Snow uses the small dagger that the Huntsman gave her to deal the queen a death wound. The queen’s magic mirror shatters as she dies, and Snow White is crowned queen. The last scene is at her coronation, where she stares down the long line of people, and at the very end the Huntsman appears from the crowd.
The reasons why this is one of my favourite films:
- Kristen Stewart, who plays Snow White, is one of my favourite actresses.
- It has a good plot with an interesting twist at the end and is unlike any other Snow White film I have seen.
- I like the idea that Snow White is not only a princess but a warrior as well.
There may or may not be a sequel to this film, and if there is it is likely to me more about the Huntsman than Snow White.
There’s something in this film for everyone. There were a lot of special effects but they fitted in with the movie really well, so it wasn’t like they were just doing them for the sake of it. There are knights on horseback and trolls for boys, which meant my brother really enjoyed it as well. I found it a really enjoyable experience to go and see it in the cinema because it’s the kind of thing that looks amazing on a big screen, but I would also watch it with my friends at sleepovers etc.
The enchanted forest was well thought through, with enough fairies and pixies to make it a fairy tale but lots of natural beauty too. All the acting was very strong, apart from that of Chris Hemsworth, the Huntsman, who’s Australian but for some reason attempted a Scottish accent, somewhat unsuccessfully. I liked the girl power aspect of it, with Snow White being a fighter, because it’s not something that has been done before. It’s not a slow moving film at all- every crucial thing happens a very short time after the one before. Charlize Theron does really well as the evil queen, not pantomime evil but properly scary stuff! It’s got a bit of romance but not too much, just the right amount. The scenery was really good and I particularly liked the parts set in the Dark Forest. One complaint is that the Dark Forest wasn’t at all scary- it just looked like some plasticy trees and smoke machines. Other than that it was all amazing. Another good thing about it- no Prince Charming!
Estimated watching age: It is a twelve but it is also a fairytale, and apart from the special effects there’s nothing in it that could be disturbing to anybody from eight and up.
Price on Amazon: £9.99 for normal DVD, £15.00 for Blu-Ray.
Producer: Sam Mercer, Palak Patel, Joe Roth and Helen Hayden
Director: Rupert Sanders
Film certificate: 12
Names of the people who play the main characters: Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Chris Hemsworth.