newspaper challenge: day two – s’no white.
The Age, June 21, 2012. ”Wolf Whistling an age-old myth”
Day two of my newspaper challenge and I have found myself intrigued by a review by Karl Quinn in today’s Age, on the new release, Snow White and the Huntsman.
According to Quinn, the film “looks fresh” but distracts its viewers from its poor and copied storyline with its special effects.
The $170 million “special effects extravaganza” has had varied ratings across the Box Office critics, with some rating it 3-4 stars. The Age reviewer Jake Wilson, however, gives it one and a half.
The feature has an apparent likeness to that of The Brothers Grimm, but has been critiqued for its attempt to recreate the fairytale, without recreating much of it at all; the film lacks “it’s own” creations, and instead relies on previous versions’ elements.
I am yet to see it, and these ratings have not been able to put me from doing so–give me Chris Hemsworth any day. But what is slowing me down from racing out my door right now, is the mutual opinion of Kristen Stewart’s performance.
Stewart’s major debut in the infamous Twilight gave her a personality that the world was able to recognise her for; the lamb – a soft and fragile person with lack of confidence. In other words (or perhaps just my own), dull and uninteresting.
I have found Stewart’s presence at the MTV Awards and other ceremonies to be as interesting as a conversation with a brick wall. She plays Bella effortlessly though, and does it so successfully because it is her natural character.
According to Quinn and WIlson in today’s Age, Stewart’s performance in Snow White and the Huntsman comes across as “even more tense than usual” and has a “sulky emo demeanour” that is all too familiar.
Most actors and actresses pride themselves on having a signature trait to their acting ability. If you’re Charlie Sheen, well, you’re Charlie Sheen in everything that you do; funny as all hell, and completely himself in any performance. You get what you pay for. If you’re Stewart, you get the same, minus the hilarity in exchange for the brickwork.
The issue with recreating a such an iconic fairytale, whether that of The Brothers Grimm or Disney, is you must do it in a way that does not take away a former representation’s pride in it’s storyline, but instead vamp it up in a unique and independent way. From what I have heard so far, the apple of this fairy tale has fallen short from the tree, despite the sequel already undergoing script-writing.
Poor Kristen just can’t win. She s’no White.