27 May 2012 4:01 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Riding into town less than two months after Tarsem Singh's gaudy Mirror Mirror, Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) has been heavily marketed as a darker, grittier re-imagining of the same classic fairy tale. Starring Twilight heroine Kristen Stewart as Snow, Avengers Assemble's (2012) Chris Hemsworth as the eponymous Huntsman and Charlize Theron (also to be seen this week in Ridley Scott's Prometheus) as the villainous Queen Ravenna, Swath certainly delivers in terms of talent but, like its narcissistic antagonist, appears tired and brittle underneath its glossy exterior.

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