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Snow White and the Huntsman

Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Directed by Rupert Sanders

Starring Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron

In a dark twist on the classic fairy tale a Huntsman is sent into the woods to capture Snow White so that the evil queen can reign supreme. However things do not go according to plan when the Huntsman instead becomes her protector and joins forces with several dwarves.

I liked the look of this film from the initial trailer. It looked dark, action packed and something a little bit different in the telling of a classic story. I am not Kristen Stewart’s greatest fan, and I am still glad to say I have never watched any of the Twilight film, but in this film she is helped on screen by other good actors in Hemsworth and Theron not to mention some of the awesome dwarves – McShane, Hoskins, Winstone, Frost, Jones, Marson. The film did at times have a feel of Lord of the Rings about it, an archer, little people, a long trek to reach an end goal, a troll, a magical forest while at the same time sticking to the classic Snow White story. The sets, costumes and scenery all looked fantastic and the battle scenes looked great on the big screen.

Recommendation

I wouldn’t say this film is the greatest I’ve ever seen but it is a nice different take on a classic story. Hemsworth does some axe throwing, much like Thor’s hammer, but what makes this film better are the famous dwarves. They have the best lines and add the comedic aspect to break up the seriousness of the film. If you liked the trailer then I would say go and see this film. If you were a bit unsure then you can wait for it to be released.

 

Film Fact

Viggo Mortensen was in talks to star as the Huntsman, but negotiations fell through and Mortensen dropped out. The Huntsman could be seen as a similar type of character as Mortensen’s Aragorn in LOTR.

 
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Avengers Assemble

Avengers Assemble (2012)

Directed by Joss Whedon

Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Samuel L Jackson, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Tom Hiddlestone.

 

The world is in danger, it’s time to activate the Avengers initiative and bring this band of superheroes together. With Nick Fury in charge he brings in Ironman, Captain America, Thor, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye to battle the villainous Loki who is threatening to bring a race of aliens to earth to start a war.

Gone are the origin stories that we have seen in previous Marvel films, this is a full out superhero slug fest that not only involves the good guys fighting the bad guys but also good verses good – Thor’s emergence back on earth starts with a forest fight between himself, Ironman and Captain America.

The film just oozes with cool set pieces, witty one liners, from everyone, not just Robert Downey Jr. (although he is on top form as the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist Tony Stark) and the film gives an equal amount of screen time to everyone allowing them to each have a scene stealing moment – Hulk and Thor after taking down one of the massive snake like robots is nothing but hysterical.

Everyone was fantastic in the film from all the main players to the characters on the outside like Agent Coulson and Maria Hill who are also given their own decent amount of screen time.

A stand out performance goes to Mark Ruffalo and his version of Bruce Banner and Hulk – Big, strong, clever, funny, and angry and every time he was on screen he was awesome.

I saw this in IMAX 3D and it didn’t take anything away from the film even though the film wasn’t shot using special cameras and it was added on in post-production. The 3D wasn’t in your face horrible and for the action pieces it gave you just enough extra dimensional action to look good. I will be going to see this for a second time for a number of reasons; to see it in normal 2D and to see if I can spot any extra easter eggs hidden within the film (see my previous blog on links to the avengers)

There are a lot of big films being released this year and this has not let me down. It has everything that you could have wanted from an Avengers film. I urge you to go to the cinema and see this film. Do not wait for it to be released on disc format or you will just be disappointed that you didn’t see it on the big screen.

 

Film Fact

As with all Marvel films you will want to stay on through the credits. There is a post credits scene about half way through them.

 

 

The Cabin in the Woods

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Directed by Drew Goddard

Starring Kristen Connolly and Chris Hemsworth

 

Five young friends decide to spend the weekend in a cabin in the middle of nowhere. However things don’t go as planned for anyone concerned.

The film was originally shot in 2009 but there were issues with the film studio so the film didn’t get released until 2012. If you have seen the trailer then you know what you are sort of getting. It appears to be just another Evil Dead style film, in fact pretty much exactly the same: Kids in a cabin, in the woods, being attacked by something supernatural. You think you know the story. However, then the sci-fi twist comes in. Why are there people watching them in what looks like a futuristic building? Is that a star trek-esque shield that is around the area?

The main plot to the story, once you find out, is pretty cool and a great fan boy kind of idea. There will be a point during the film where you have one single thought and I ask you to hold on to your hats because it will happen. It is pretty clever that they try there hardest to be as clichéd as possible. Five characters; 1 jock, 1 slut, 1 brainy person, 1 druggy and 1 virgin. You think you have seen this before. You haven’t.

There is a fair bit of blood and killing in the film. So if you are not a fan of that i would stay away. Any fans of Evil Dead and sci-fi this is definitely for you. Do not expect this film to win any awards but for what it offers you, you will love it.

 

Film Fact

Joss Whedon co-wrote the film along with director Drew Goddard. He can next be seen Directing Avengers Assemble