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Charlize Theron As Clea Teased For ‘Doctor Strange’ 3 or Marvel ‘Secret Wars’

Following the post-credit scene, Marvel has big plans for Charlize Theron as Clea in either Doctor Strange 3, Secret Wars, or another project. Michael Waldron, who wrote Doctor Strange 2, recently spoke to Marvel.com and teased Charlize Theron and Clea’s future in the MCU: “We were really excited to introduce Clea,” shares Walron. “Getting Charlize …

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Charlize Theron Shows Off Clea From ‘Doctor Strange’ 2 Post-Credit Scene

Check out a first official look at Charlize Theron as Clea from the Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness post-credit scene. Clea shows up to make Doctor Strange answer for causing an incursion in the Multiverse but isn’t aware that either Strange has been corrupted by the Darkhold or that Sinister Strange has seemingly …

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2016 MTV Movie Awards Winners List

The MTV Movie Awards were held last night, and will air tonight at 8pm ET.

Check out the list of winners below.

If you need added incentive to watch the MTV Awards tonight, exclusive footage for Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad and more will be shown off.

 

Best Female Performance
***WINNER: Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
-Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina
-Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect 2
-Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
-Jennifer Lawrence, Joy
-Morena Baccarin, Deadpool

 

Best Virtual Performance
***WINNER: Amy Poehler, Inside Out
-Andy Serkis, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
-Jack Black, Kung Fu Panda 3
-James Spader, Avengers: Age of Ultron
-Lupita Nyong’o, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
-Seth MacFarlane, Ted 2

 

Best Action Performance
***WINNER: Chris Pratt, Jurassic World
-Dwayne Johnson, San Andreas
-Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
-John Boyega, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
-Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
-Vin Diesel, Furious 7

 

True Story
***WINNER: Straight Outta Compton
–Concussion
–Joy
–Steve Jobs
–The Big Short
–The Revenant

 

Best Comedic Performance
***WINNER: Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
-Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
-Kevin Hart, Ride Along 2
-Melissa McCarthy, Spy
-Rebel Wilson, Pitch Perfect 2
-Will Ferrell, Get Hard

 

Best Male Performance
***WINNER: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
-Chris Pratt, Jurassic World
-Matt Damon, The Martian
-Michael B. Jordan, Creed
-Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool
-Will Smith, Concussion

 

Breakthrough Performance
***WINNER: Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
-Amy Schumer, Trainwreck
-Brie Larson, Room
-Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey
-John Boyega, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
-O’Shea Jackson Jr., Straight Outta Compton

 

Best Kiss
***WINNER: Rebel Wilson & Adam DeVine, Pitch Perfect 2
-Amy Schumer & Bill Hader, Trainwreck
-Dakota Johnson & Jamie Dornan, Fifty Shades of Grey
-Leslie Mann & Chris Hemsworth, Vacation
-Margot Robbie & Will Smith, Focus
-Morena Baccarin & Ryan Reynolds, Deadpool

 

Best Hero
***WINNER: Jennifer Lawrence, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
-Charlize Theron, Mad Max: Fury Road
-Chris Evans, Avengers: Age of Ultron
-Daisy Ridley, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
-Dwayne Johnson, San Andreas
-Paul Rudd, Ant-Man

 

Best Villain
***WINNER: Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Force Awakens
-Ed Skrein, Deadpool
-Hugh Keays-Byrne, Mad Max: Fury Road
-James Spader, Avengers: Age of Ultron
-Samuel L. Jackson, Kingsman: The Secret Service
-Tom Hardy, The Revenant

 

Ensemble Cast
***WINNER: Pitch Perfect 2
–Avengers: Age of Ultron
–Furious 7
–Star Wars: The Force Awakens
–The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 2
–Trainwreck

 

Documentary
***WINNER: Amy
–Cartel Land
–He Named Me Malala
–The Hunting Ground
–The Wolfpack
–What Happened, Miss Simone?

 

Best Fight
***WINNER: Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) vs. Ajax (Ed Skrein), Deadpool
-Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) vs. The Bear, The Revenant
-Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) vs. Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), Mad Max: Fury Road
-Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) vs. Hulk (Mark Ruffalo),Avengers: Age of Ultron
-Rey (Daisy Ridley) vs. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Star Wars: The Force Awakens
-Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) vs. Lia (Nargis Fakhri),Spy

 

Movie of the Year
***WINNER: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
–Avengers: Age of Ultron
–Creed
–Deadpool
–Jurassic World
–Straight Outta Compton

 

Generation Award Winner: Will Smith

Comedic Genius Award Winner: Melissa McCarthy

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Watch: The Huntsman Winter’s War Teaser

Watch a teaser above for the upcoming trailer for The Huntsman Winter’s War starring Chris Hemsworth.

The Huntsman Winter’s War has a April 22, 2016 release directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan also starring Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron.

Synopsis:

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.

When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another. 

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The Huntsman Winter’s War Character Posters & Synopsis Released

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Character posters, the synopsis and the official title for the Snow White and the Huntsman spinoff have been announced.

The movie is officially titled The Huntsman Winter’s War which will feature Chris Hemsworth reprising as the titular character. As it is a spinoff, and not a direct sequel, Kristen Stewart will not be back as Snow White from the 2012 movie. 

The Huntsman Winter’s War has a April 22, 2016 release directed by Cedric Nicolas-Troyan also starring Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron.

Synopsis:

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, Freya (Blunt), suffered a heartbreaking betrayal and fled their kingdom. With Freya’s ability to freeze any enemy, the young ice queen has spent decades in a remote wintry palace raising a legion of deadly huntsmen—including Eric (Hemsworth) and warrior Sara (Chastain)—only to find that her prized two defied her one demand: Forever harden your hearts to love.

When Freya learns of her sister’s demise, she summons her remaining soldiers to bring the Magic Mirror home to the only sorceress left who can harness its power. But once she discovers Ravenna can be resurrected from its golden depths, the wicked sisters threaten this enchanted land with twice the darkest force it’s ever seen. Now, their amassing army shall prove undefeatable…unless the banished huntsmen who broke their queen’s cardinal rule can fight their way back to one another. 

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Charlize Theron Rumored For Captain Marvel

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Coming off of Mad Max: Fury Road, it’s now rumored 39-year-old actress Charlize Theron is in the running to play the titular character in the Marvel Studios Captain Marvel movie.

According to a source at the Hollywood gossip site OK! magazine, Marvel has been trying to get Angelina Jolie to direct Captain Marvel, and that Charlize Theron is a favorite to play the role of Carol Danvers.

Reportedly, Jolie and Theron are close friends, and the rumor states that if Charlize Theron gets the part, Angelina Jolie would “almost certainly sign on to work with her new pal.”

The Captain Marvel movie still is more than three years off, with a release date of November 2, 2018.

Guardians of the Galaxy screenwriter Nicole Perlman and Meg LeFauve are both writing the Captain Marvel script together based on their individual treatments.

Angelina Jolie was first reported to possibly direct Captain Marvel, as well as Wonder Woman, about six weeks ago.

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Watch: Two New Spots For Mad Max: Fury Road & New High-Res Pic

Check out two cool international spots for Mad Max: Fury Road as well as a new high-res image of Charlize Theron.

Mad Max: Fury Road has a May 15, 2015 release directed by George Miller starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

Synopsis:

Haunted by his turbulent past, Mad Max believes the best way to survive is to wander alone. Nevertheless, he becomes swept up with a group fleeing across the Wasteland in a War Rig driven by an elite Imperator, Furiosa. They are escaping a Citadel tyrannized by the Immortan Joe, from whom something irreplaceable has been taken. Enraged, the Warlord marshals all his gangs and pursues the rebels ruthlessly in the high-octane Road War that follows.

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Three New Mad Max Images

Check out a trio of new Mad Max: Fury Road images.

The film has a May 15, 2015 release directed by George Miller starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

Synopsis:

Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” revisits his own post-apocalyptic trilogy featuring the anti-hero known as Mad Max. Tom Hardy stars in the roleof Max Rockatansky, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Millerdirected from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produces, along with Doug Mitchell and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executiveproducers. “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production. The film will be presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures. Scheduled for release on May 15, 2015, it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros.Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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Watch: Dark Places Trailer Starring Charlize Theron & Chloe Moretz

Check out an international trailer above for Dark Places, which stars Charlize Theron, Chloe Moretz, Christina Hendricks, Nicholas Hoult, Corey Stoll, Drea de Matteo, and Tye Sheridan.

The movie is adapted from the book of the same name by Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn.

Dark Places opens in France this April followed by a larger release later this year.

Synopsis:

25 years after testifying against her brother as the person responsible for massacring her entire family, a haunted woman (Charlize Theron) is approached by a secret society that specializes in complex, unsolved cases. Nicholas Hoult, Corey Stoll, and Chloe Moretz co-star in this Mandalay Pictures thriller directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, and based on the novel by Gillian Flynn. 

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3 More Mad Max: Fury Road Images

Three more Mad Max: Fury Road images have been released featuring Tom Hardy.

The film has a May 15, 2015 release directed by George Miller also starring Charlize Theron.

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Synopsis:

Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” revisits his own post-apocalyptic trilogy featuring the anti-hero known as Mad Max. Tom Hardy stars in the roleof Max Rockatansky, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Miller directed from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produces, along with Doug Mitchell and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executiveproducers. “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production. The film will be presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures. Scheduled for release on May 15, 2015, it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros.Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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Comic-Con 2014: 6 New Mad Max: Fury Road Images

WB released six new Mad Max: Fury Road images featuring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron as Mad Max will be featured Saturday at Comic-Con.

The movie has a May 15, 2015 release directed by George Miller.

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Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” revisits his own post-apocalyptic trilogy featuring the anti-hero known as Mad Max. Tom Hardy stars in the role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Miller directed from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produces, along with Doug Mitchell and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executiveproducers. “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production. The film will be presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures. Scheduled for release on May 15, 2015, it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros.Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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Two New Mad Max: Fury Road Images

Right in time for Comic-Con, two new Mad Max: Fury Road images have hit the net featuring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron.

Entertainment Weekly premiered the images in their latest Comic-Con issue.

WB will also be showcasing Mad Max at Comic-Con during their panel on Saturday, July 26th.

The film hits May 15, 2015.

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Synopsis:

Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” revisits his own post-apocalyptic trilogy featuring the anti-hero known as Mad Max. Tom Hardy stars in the role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley. Miller directed from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produces, along with Doug Mitchell and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers. “Mad Max: Fury Road” is a Kennedy Miller Mitchell production. The film will be presented by Warner Bros. Pictures, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures. Scheduled for release on May 15, 2015, it will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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First Look At Tom Hardy & Charlize Theron Mad Max: Fury Road EW Cover

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Movie Review: Prometheus (2012)

This Was Ridley Scott’s Return to Sci-Fi?

A Film Review of Prometheus

By: Lawrence Napoli

            The second, most concerning ailment in Hollywood behind “adaptation fever” is “prequel-itis” and for the franchise that would not die, Ridley Scott decided to revisit his original foray into space horror with Prometheus.  I didn’t quite know what to think about this film when it first hit the rumor mill, but I really enjoyed the first two Alien films, so any return to that level of greatness would make for an exciting proposition.  Then, a curious promotional blitz via web and TV was engaged by Ridley Scott and his production team to state, and restate and RESTATE how Prometheus is a film not exactly linked to the Alien films, but is “set in the same universe.”  What?!?  You are devoting a new film (and possible new franchise) to developing a key plot point that was the inciting incident for all Alien films and there’s no connection?  For the record, there are several key elements within Prometheus that connects it to the Alien franchise: hyper-sleep, flame throwers, androids, evil corporations and high body counts.  So I ask, “Why the big need to disconnect?”  The answer is quite evident once the final credits roll and whether this is a good thing or not, I’ll leave to you, but bear this in mind.  Not only is this film marginally connected to the Alien fiction, it is also a very different type of film from them all and I believe that was the biggest surprise in this entire film.

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This is what you get for not casting ME!!!

            The story of Prometheus is an intriguing exploration into the possibility of human civilization interacting with alien life forms as a result of scientific research and discovery on Earth.  It certainly sounds nice, but if human beings were to actually encounter an alien organism, the results would probably be ugly and dirty; ergo the Alien films.  Don’t worry, everything goes to hell in a hand-basket soon enough but the first act of Prometheus seems awfully cerebral considering the common bloodbath the plot intends to take the audience in the end.  I’d liken it to taking a limousine ride to a demolition derby. 

I was extremely intrigued to learn more about “The Engineers” a.k.a. the alien race that owned that derelict spaceship on LV-426 back in Alien and certainly the script does much to build the wonder and fascination about them despite the crew knowing little more than their “home” address.  I was as disappointed in the Engineers as much as Liara T’Soni was in encountering an actual Prothean in Mass Effect 3.  For being so far advanced in terms of intelligence and technology, the Engineers curiously take a crush first, ask questions never approach to confrontations and so as visually dynamic and impressive as they are, I was unimpressed by being presented yet another alien species with a one track mind that murders anything in its way. 

I found the parts of the script that centered on the crew of the Prometheus and their various interactions to be much more satisfying, particularly the android, David.  Ever wonder what happens on a spaceship when everyone’s in hyper-sleep?  Apparently even androids get bored as David partakes in some interesting activities to pass the time.  I liked being introduced to the human protagonists and I would have loved to see more, but their character development was cut short to start accumulating the aforementioned “body count.”  This brings me to the ultimate reason why I feel this script doesn’t quite measure up.  There is no element of suspense, stalking, or evading in Prometheus.  Sure, the trailers did a great job making it seem like this film would be one heck of a thriller, but that is simply not true.  There are plenty of gore and gross-out moments but there is NO fear and that was a huge disappointment.

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Many people left the premier night of Prometheus on the IMAX screen scratching their heads at what they saw.  I know this because literally one person applauded at the end and it wasn’t me.  People were expecting some questions to be answered such as who are the Engineers and what do they want, how/why did they get to LV-426, why were they transporting face-hugger eggs in their ship and how does ANY of this connect to human beings.  Guess what ladies and gents, nothing gets answered!  Again, this was another big disappointment but the reason for it is no more complicated than reviewing who the writers are and in Hollywood Land, a writer rarely proves him or herself to be more than the one type of writing that got them jobs in the first place.  Damon Lindelof is a veteran writer of the quintessential IP notorious for answering questions with more questions: Lost, ‘nuff said!

The real reason to see Prometheus is for the visual style.  Every second of this film looks gorgeous from its framing to the CG, to the costume design, set design, makeup, special effects; heck even the color palate is pure genius.  I believe we can attribute this to Ridley Scott’s acumen as an auteur (just wished he gave the script the same level of polish), but like all great filmmakers, he didn’t do it alone.  Cinematographer Dariuz Wolski, production designer Arthur Max, set decorator Sonja Klaus and costume designer Janty Yates all deserve singular recognition for their contributions to this film.  There is not one aspect of the Prometheus spaceship that presents itself as anything less than pristine, luxury living in the future.  The Engineers look as elegant as they do threatening, the desolate planet is a perfect example of a techno version of Egyptian ruins and human beings being stomped, ripped apart or being eaten from the inside is all stomach turning.  In this regard, Prometheus is like The Matrix; you have to see it for yourself.

Although some sci-fi, action/adventure, blockbuster films feature some standout performances that contribute greatly to their success, Prometheus is not one of them.  The main character Elizabeth Shaw, played by Noomi Rapace (you’ll remember her from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) does an adequate job being the starry eyed scientist with hopes of being acknowledged by her fictional alien creators like a good little girl.  The problem I have is less with her actual performance and more with the fact that the character is required to take a back seat to others in addition to being completely reactionary as opposed to being proactive.  I’m used to Sigourney Weaver taping a machine gun to a flamethrower to take on a nest of Aliens by herself.  Perhaps this is the type of character Noomi will be asked to generate for the sequel because Lord knows, her character has plenty of motivation to start kicking ass at the end of this film.

Charlize Theron plays the Weyland Corporation rep, Meredith Vickers who carries over her “take no BS despite looking like a goddess” charm from Snow White and the Huntsman.  Her character is meant to keep the mission on task, funny I thought that would be the captain’s job, but I guess that’s the privilege that comes from private enterprise funding a trillion dollar voyage into space.  Regardless, Charlize is compelling in her cold yet amicable portrayal of a woman with a purpose.  Part of the mystery of this film is learning what that purpose is, but the manner in which Charlize plays it could be for or against the protagonists all the way to the climax.  All in all, Charlize shows that she’s a true leading lady that can produce a solid performance in ANY film rooted in ANY genre.

The true star of Prometheus is yet another inspired performance by Michael Fassbender as the android David.  His performance mirrors Charlize’s in many respects save one, he never breaks from being deadpan in all scenes whether he’s being helpful, scheming, deductive, destructive or pragmatic.  For a human being to produce a distinguished performance as a robot, a certain level of elitism is necessary for the actor to generate, for which Fassbender easily flips the switch.  It’s his dedication to keeping that switch on that is truly impressive as he seems to relish in characters the audience loves to hate or hates to love.

Prometheusis a film that I will forever recognize as not meeting the great expectations set before it.  Even if Ridley Scott wanted to distance this new film franchise from the Alien films, he didn’t necessarily have to make so many conscience choices to turn it into a film that only alludes to horror in space.  Even if he did, he still could have made choices to at least make that kind of film stand on its own merit.  The way I see it, without the Alien films, Prometheus would have nothing going for it because at the end of the day people want to see the moment that explains why human beings are the ideal host body for the most feared alien predator the universe has come to know and guess what?  This film implies exactly that at the very end so get your tents packed up to wait outside the theater for the sequel because it’s going to happen and maybe Ridley can hand the franchise off to James Cameron like last time in order to take it up a notch or two.

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Movie Review: Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)

Original Fairy Tales Are Quite Grimm

A Film Review of Snow White and the Huntsman

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2054:]]             The trend of infusing fairy tales with grown up grit and special effects continues in La-La Land with Snow White and the Huntsman.  Let’s make no mistake about the reason for this trend as it’s the same reason why so many comic book licenses have been adapted recently.  Corporate greed and its need to ensure predictable profits have facilitated an unholy alliance with a lack of original creativity from screenwriters; thus the adaptation fever.  It is a tad perplexing how we all continue to find entertainment value in the same stories being told in the same ways, but most of that sentiment comes from the intrigue of seeing timeless pieces of fiction brought to life on the silver screen.  Snow White and the Huntsman is a fine experiment in generating this same feeling of nostalgia, but really doesn’t bring anything new to the table beyond this generation’s visual effects and 1 major twist that isn’t developed in ANY way which gets swept under the rug by the script like some common expository detail.  I am uncertain if the reason for this is simply bad writing or conspiracy to turn Snow White into a sequel machine.  Still, this film is one of the better movies of the summer of 2012 and if you enjoy fantasy, there are plenty of visual goodies to feast your eyes upon.

            A cursory examination of any trailer clearly identifies this film as yet another “girl power” type of film regardless of anything Kristen Stewart says to the contrary.  Never before have we seen Snow White: Warrior Princess, but we certainly have now.  By the way, this element of the story is not the aforementioned “twist” in the script and thus screenwriters Evan Daugherty and John Lee Hancock took a fairly predictable approach to a female protagonist in this day of feminine empowerment.  The evil queen is still an alpha ego you don’t want to mess with, Snow White is still kind hearted and the dwarves are still eccentric, but what about that Huntsman?  Well, he certainly has a much more prominent role in this story and that’s the “twist.”  I’ve always known this character to be the evil queen’s mercenary, but this film makes him much more sympathetic as well as personally important to Snow White.  Unfortunately this is where the script takes a dive like Sonny Liston.  The Huntsman is a character that is given a decent amount of exposition, development and screen time, but his subplot sets the audience up for a payoff of zero.  This is an extremely disappointing resolution after this film’s climax is executed and amounts to one of the worst endings I have seen on celluloid in recent memory.  Just about everything else about this script is excellent: establishing Snow White’s history, explaining the rise of the evil queen and identifying the enchanted nature of this fictional world.  The quality of the story is impressive up to the end and I wonder if the reason for this inexplicable drop was a last-minute push by Universal Pictures to turn this film into a franchise?  A sequel would not only clear things up, but shamelessly turn 1 movie into 2 to ultimately learn Snow White’s fate.

            The action and visual effects in this film are actually quite satisfying.  Lots of sword play, horse charges, arrow volleys and fights with monsters keeps a fairly active and dynamic screen for a good portion of the film.  Chris Hemsworth takes the combat lead here and shows an impressive level of dexterity wielding various short blades and hatchets with few cutaways to stunt actors.  As for those visual effects, the evil Queen’s sorcery translates quite well from her Shang Tseung life-sucking powers to her ability to create creatures of cobalt glass.  What was neat about these effects was that they seem out of the ordinary for even a fictional “period piece” such as this.  In fact, the one segment of the film that did seem a bit much was the enchanted forest of the pixies which looked like it was all but carbon copied from an amalgam of cheerful forests from various Disney films.  I understand the need for contrast, but perhaps the pixies themselves didn’t have to be so creepily adorable.  And speaking of creepy, the seven dwarves are most definitely not as quaint as Sleepy, Bashful and Doc as it looks like the same head swapping, travelling matte software that was used in Captain America: The First Avenger were used in this film because Bob Hoskins, Eddie Marsan and Toby Jones are not little people.  This effect looked a little better here than in Cap because 1) Chris Evans’ head on an un-buff body is too difficult to visualize, 2) the dwarves’ heads were scaled to the body actors’ actual stature much better and 3) their costumes helped mask the neck area where it’s easier for the audience to see any visual inconsistency.  

            Count Snow White as another film that pushes Chris Hemsworth to the forefront of Hollywood’s leading men.  Clearly, his not so humble beginnings in the action/adventure genre have vaulted him to the A-List, but it is in the quality of his various performances that proves he is levels beyond the proverbial meatheads of Stallone and Schwarzenegger.  His character is designed as a victim of tragic circumstance relayed to the audience by all manners of drunk and disorderly conduct.  Hemsworth sells likeability in all of his characters that even a roughneck like this huntsman should, theoretically, be a little less charismatic.  It is his combination of facial sincerity with flawless line delivery as well as that triple A smile that makes an audience buy in every time.  Of course, this works for just about any actor that strictly plays heroic protagonists so the true test for Hemsworth will be when he rides out this initial wave of positively charged success to transition to some darker roles while still selling his patented genuine savvy. 

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I am here to save you from yourself.

            Of course, the movie is still called “Snow White” and the Huntsman so the young princess was bound to make an appearance.  Thus, rookie director Rupert Sanders (whose imdb.com’s photo is eerily reminiscent of a mug shot) was saddled with Kristen Stewart who perhaps IS the best actress of all time for convincing the entirety of Hollywood that she is, in fact, a good actress and not some wannabe emo-girl who’s only mastered one expression: vacant disinterest.  All right, perhaps I’m poking a little too much fun at Kristen, but I was truly disturbed to find out that she is currently commanding the biggest bucks, per picture, for Hollywood leading ladies these days.  That’s really interesting information considering Stewart played the title character in this film while producing a forgettable performance that was easily third fiddle behind Hemsworth and Theron.  Each scene featuring Stewart seemed carbon copied from Twilight.  Her face rarely emotes; her voice rarely fluctuates and let’s just say any attempt to generate some sort of accent leaves much to be desired.  But, she’s still a popular, trendy actress.  I can’t begrudge Stewart too much because the fact of the matter is that she’s a flavor of the week much like Megan Fox was and Channing Tatum is.  Casting director Lucy Bevan probably thought she hit one out of the park by casting Kristen Stewart for a literary character known for true beauty inside and out as “the fairest of them all.”  In no world: real, imaginary or Matrix-y is Kristen Stewart superior to Charlize Theron in any conceivable way one could classify a human being.  This is the fundamental flaw of this production and no, it’s not fair to expect Stewart to measure up to Theron.  So yes, it was utter folly set up these expectations in the first place. 

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Can’t you tell how excited I am for being a Hollywood director?

            As for Charlize Theron, she is beautiful, in every single way; bad characters won’t bring her down.  Yes, I rooted for the evil queen to win despite her implied creepy relationship to her on screen brother.  Despite that, she was quite menacing and intimidating even to the likes of the huntsman, but since she wielded magic, she was not called upon to engage in any combat.  I can’t say she played this role in such a way as to stand out from every other interpretation.  “The Evil Queen” is about as generic as villains come so, so Charlize’s performance seemed more of an amalgam with a twist of her own patented sultry glare.  Overall, Charlize delivered a solid performance that doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it would have been nice to see her character really unleash some serious, rage infused, hell on everyone.  Alas, her character simply hovers in between narcissism and elitism for the entire film.  

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Guess what?  I’m pretty hot.

            This was a very good film to watch and is quite ideal for a “date night,” as there’s enough girly things happening to keep the ladies interested with plenty of action and effects to satisfy explosion-seeking men without geek-ing out on the utter dork-dem of comic book adaptations.  Make no mistake, this is no AAA blockbuster, but there are only 2 (maybe 3 if you count the Spider-Man reboot) super blockbusters this summer.  Come for Snow White, stay for the huntsman.

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