|Scene Shots from "Snow White and the Huntsman"|
|Snow White's Mother during the opening narration|
|Young Snow White|
She and the young William (Xavier Atkins) went and played in an apple tree where William tricked Snow White by saying that he picked the apple for her only to pull it away and take a big bite of it himself. He dropped the apple and Snow White chased him off screen and there was a slow fade out on the apple. The next winter Snow White's mother, the Queen, died. The King's mind was affected by grief and an enemy was able to lure him out into battle while in that state of mind. He and his men rushed up to fight an army of men all dressed in black armor who stood so still on the battlefield that one might think they were statues until the King's army ran into them and they started to fight. But all was not what it appeared. The King's men were able to hit them with sword blows that seemed to turn them into thousands of black glass fragments. The army of "phantom" men were defeated and a "prisoner" was found in a black carriage with chains around her wrists and ankles.
|Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen Ravenna in her wedding dress|
Her name was Ravenna (Theron) and the King was so enthralled by her beauty that he married her the next day and that night she took his life and his throne from him. She welcomed a real army into the castle led by her brother, Finn (Spruell), and a fight ensued in which the Duke (Vincent Regan) and his son William were able to escape but as they tried to bring Snow White with them the man holding her on the horse was shot with an arrow and he and Snow White fell in the courtyard and the Queen's men captured her while she was screaming at William to save her and he was in turn yelling at his father to go back for her but the portcullis was shut and there was nothing that the duke could do and so they fled. (Note: this following part is only in the Extended edition.) The Queen ordered everyone that remained to be killed except Snow White for "one never knows when royal blood will be of value." In the theatrical version this is implied and later confirmed except that Snow White was alive. Back to the Theatrical Version.
|The Evil Queen and the Mirror Man|
The Queen goes up into a room in which a mirror, which is the shape and color of a cymbal/gong, is brought and hung up on the wall. The evil Queen speaks the words "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is fairest of them all?" She looks at the mirror and it sort of melts onto the floor and forms the shape of a man under a sheet except it's all in gold colored metal, this Mirror Man (Christopher Obi) tells the Queen that yes, she is the fairest of them all. The camera goes back to where the apple fell below the tree where William and Snow White played and Eric, the Huntsman, continues his narration while we watch the apple and its surroundings slowly die; "So poisonous was the reign of Ravenna that nature turned on itself and people turned on each other. The land died and with it, hope. And all that time, she kept Snow White imprisoned high up in the north tower."
|Snow White imprisoned in the North Tower|
|Evil Queen in Beauty substance|
|Evil Queen consumes beauty and youth|
She almost gets captured by guards before she escapes through the sewer that leads out to drain in the ocean with a very long drop to actually reach the water however, only after a slight hesitation does Snow White jump in and washes ashore on the beach near the castle entrance. The same bird as before shows her the way to a beautiful white horse on which she gets on and escapes into the Dark Forest only for the horse to get pulled into a muddy bog on the edge of it. She is forced to abandon the horse as the queen's men get closer and then their horses balk at going into the bog and they lose her. Snow White runs into the Dark Forest with really creepy things and branches around her. She accidentally falls into some sort of plant that releases a hallucinogenic gas causing Snow White to see monsters where there are none. She runs and runs until she falls down and passes out. We return to the severely unhappy evil queen berating her brother for betraying her. She tells him to find her someone who can hunt Snow White. Cue quick camera change to a very dirty man getting thrown out of a pub and beat up by a man to whom he owes money. He passes out and is woken up by being dumped into a water trough by the queen's men who take him, clean him up a bit but not too much, and bring him before the queen who tells him to go hunt an escaped prisoner in the Dark Forest. After some "haggling" she promises to bring his wife back from the dead if he brings her Snow White but she does not tell him who she is or why she's valuable.
We leave them and find ourselves at Duke Hammond's castle where the man who's son tried to kill the evil queen is reporting what happened to the Duke and telling them the very bad news that the Queen cannot be killed. He adds one more thing that they did not expect. He revealed that instead of dying all those years ago, as previously thought, Snow White is alive. The Duke immediately asks "Where's my son?" Cut to a supply train led by the queen's men traveling through the woods and an ambush occurs led by the Duke's son William (Clafin). They ambush succeeds and we cut back to the Duke's castle and see William and his men bringing in the spoils. The Duke tells him that Snow White is alive and had been kept prisoner by the queen for all these years but she has now escaped from the castle into the Dark Forest. William declares that he's going after her, his father tries and fails to stop him with William telling him that he "Will not abandon her a second time" so he will find someone to help him in his search through the Dark Forest since he does not know it well.
We cut back to Snow White and the Huntsman as they travel through the Dark Forest. Snow White gets caught between to fallen tree limbs that suddenly turn to snakes and she starts to yell and the Huntsman comes and cuts one of the branches in half with his axe which shows her that there weren't really any snakes there and he says "The forest gains its strength from your weakness." He pauses to take a drink from his drinking bag and Snow White asks him why he drinks but he doesn't tell her and instead comes up to her and starts to rip her skirt off of her dress. This causes a bit of stress for Snow White and she tries to keep her skirt and backs away from the Huntsman afraid that he's going to take advantage of her but he only ripped the skirt so that it wouldn't get in the way while they are traveling and she has pants on underneath. When he sees the look on her face he remarks, "don't flatter yourself."
|Do you need a bowman?|
We go now to one of the villages between the Queen's castle and the Dark Forest where Finn is leading a group of men through the middles of town in the pouring down rain. This is a hunting party. They are stopped by a hooded man who asks if they need a bowman. Finn does not like being stopped and tells his bowman to kill the one blocking their way but the other bowman misses and the one blocking their way shoots two arrows into the current bowman who falls off of his horse and dies. Then the hooded man, whom we now see is William, repeats his previous question. "I said, do you need a bowman?" We see Finn's mouth give a twitch that plainly says umm yes... now we do.
We go back to Snow White and the Huntsman as they travel on through the forest a bit more before he stops her and shows her how to use a knife to kill someone. Snow White says she doesn't think she could do that and the Huntsman tells her that she may have no choice.
Cut to a shot of the evil Queen in the castle garden pulling a small flower (the only flower) off of a tree. She curls it into her fist and opens her hand again as we see black ash/dust fall out of her hand where the flower had been.
Back to Snow White and the Huntsman who have reached the edge of the Dark Forest. There is what looks like a small stone bridge over a ditch filled with water and bones and armor. They pause and the Huntsman pulls a large knife/dagger into a hand where he can quickly use it before starting to go over the stone bridge. They go cautiously and with good reason. Once they reach the middle of the "bridge" it moves and we see it has been the back of a troll they were crossing who now attacks them. The Huntsman tells Snow White to run and turns to battle the troll while Snow White actually stays behind a tree stump and watches the fight and sees that the Huntsman has lost and as the troll raises his fist to kill the now unconscious Huntsman she runs out screaming a sort of imitation roar back at the troll. He stops and his focus changes to Snow White who backs up and falls when the troll roars back at her. However, a curious thing happens and she and the troll stare at each other as the troll calms down and then lumbers away from them just as the Huntsman regains consciousness. He sees she didn't run like he told her to so he repeats it saying "I told you to run." She replies, "If I had, you would be dead."
|Snow White and the Troll|
We leave that seen and return to the castle where the evil Queen is in her room alone. She has aged and no longer looks very young or beautiful. We see her back with the bones visible as we start the scene and most of the scene is a memory of the queen's own mother being capture and taken away from her and of the spell that her mother put upon her. She made beauty her daughters power and protection by using fairest blood and she warns her daughter that the spell can only be undone with fairest blood and that she should be wary. We leave the Queen with a tear running down her cheek.
We arrive back with the Huntsman and Snow White crossing a small river in between mountains. They fall down in exhaustion when they reach the other side and the Huntsman tries to apologize for leaving Snow White but she keeps saying "You left us!" and she is greatly distressed. Finally the Huntsman promises to take her to the Duke's castle and strokes her face but then they are greeted by the eight dwarves (Yes EIGHT dwarves not seven) in the fashion of being strung up by their ankles and beaten while the dwarves look for valuables on their persons.
|The Eight Dwarves|
Ok now back to my summary. Snow White and the Huntsman are captured by the dwarves and strung up by thier heels whilst the dwarves talk about them and beat them. After Snow White tells them not only who she is but that she's being hunted the dwarves take her and the Huntsman to a place called "Sanctuary," it is the home of the fairies. Now this set and set dressing are the best out of all of the ones in the movie. You have to see it to believe it. They settle in there for the night and they have a peaceful evening and go to sleep. In the morning, Snow White wakes up first and finds out that 2 fairies were the influencers of the birds who helped her out of the castle. They beckon to her to come with them and then head into more of the sanctuary. The dwarves slowly wake up as she gets closer to the tree in the middle of sanctuary where an extremely large white deer waits for her to come to him. His rack of antlers is not only huge but also looks like actual tree limbs instead of antlers. He is extremely large and putting two and two together you will find that he was the horse that helped her escape into the Dark Forest. The dwarves and the Huntsman stand and watch with awe as the deer blesses Snow White in an antler embrace sort of. This moment is so beautiful and then the deer is shot with an arrow meant for Snow White by one of Finn's men. They have found her again. A chase sequence ensues with everyone running in opposite directions to confuse the men. Each man falls eventually to one of the dwarves or the Huntsman or William who reveals his true identity to Snow White and helps her defeat the rest of Finn's men. As this happens the Huntsman goes straight for Finn and they have a fight where in Finn tells the Huntsman that he was the killer of his wife. Finn is about to win when suddenly the Huntsman shoves and holds him onto the sharp root end of a tree. Finn's sister, the Queen, is affected by what is happening to her brother who asks her to heal him but the Huntsman shoves Finn harder onto the tree and the Queen can't do anything without losing her beauty and youth and so she asks his forgiveness before pulling his youth out of him as he dies. Back in the castle the Queen crumples onto the floor crying. Back with Snow White, William, and the dwarf Gus we are startled as one of Finn's men who is somewhat injured come and shots an arrow at Snow White but Gus leaps between them and takes the arrow instead whilst William shoots the other man with his bow. Snow White cries and sobs as Gus dies making the eight dwarves only seven. That night they burn him on a funeral pyre and they promise to stay with Snow White and accompany her to the Duke's. During a celtic sounding song they show a series of shots of the company traveling through mountains and hills in the mist and rain. They eventually reach a forested area with snow everywhere. We see everyone asleep in a circle except for Snow White who is walking through the woods alone. She hears a twig snap and looks up startled to see William walking behind her. They talk a bit about what will happen when she's queen but when she asks him a question and his answer does not match her memory then she kisses him and pulls away to see him holding an apple, like he did when they were very young. Snow White grabs the apple from him saying "I remember that trick." William says in an odd sounding voice and with an odd expression "What trick?" Snow White just smiles at him smells the apple and then suddenly takes a big bite out of it. Then Snow White realizes that this apple is not right, it is poisoned and she can't believe that William would do this to her but as she is coughing and gagging and trying to breathe William takes on a different persona and talks to her while she stumbles through the woods. The camera cuts back to the fire pit where everyone is sleeping aoundand the Huntsman wakes up and sees Snow White isn't there he then turns and shakes William's shoulders to wake him up.
|The Evil Queen appearing after giving Snow White the poisoned apple|
|Snow White while the Huntsman talks to her "dead" body|
We cut to William arguing with his father in one of the military tents outside the castle saying "She died for us! For our cause! We cannot just hide behind these walls and watch this land die with her!" but his father says "You grief clouds your judgement, my son." and walks outside of the tent. William follows and begins to try to again convince him to go and battle the queen and her forces. The Duke starts to reply but there is some sort of commotion coming from the center of the yard and the Duke goes to investigate followed by William and they see Snow White in her burial clothes walk out of the open door. Of course everyone is shocked by this and William walks towards her and she takes his hand for a moment before going before the Duke and requesting help to defeat the evil Queen and basically do what William was trying to convince him to do but she has a better reason. She knows how to kill the queen and she is the only one who can do so. She makes a stirring speech to the soldiers during which the Huntsman hears her and rushes over to the crowd and listens with everyone to her and they all agree to help her.
We go back to the evil queen's room where she has landed after placing the spell on Snow White. Female bodies lie around the center of her room drained of their youth and beauty and we see the Queen looking as young and as beautiful as she was in the beginning of the movie.
|Snow White's Army heading for the Queen's Castle|
Back to Snow White and her army as they ride out of the Duke's castle and head for the Queen's. The dwarves went ahead of them to try and infiltrate through the very sewer through which Snow White herself escaped. They manage to get in the sewer and Beith says "Hi-ho lads, its off to work!" Quert says to the others "If he starts whistling, I'll smash his face in." This of cousre is a refernce to the Disney version of this fairytale. Anyways the dwarves mangae to get into the gaehouse and are almost successful in raising the gate before the army gets there but a queen's soldier comes up and cuts one of the ewieghts loose and this makes the gate close again so that Snow White's army is stuck there under a barrage of arrows and other deadly items. Finally, the dwarves get the gate up and everyone rushes in. Snow White manages to see where the Queen is and goes hunting for her. William and the Huntsman son follow. Snow White gets to the queen's room in which the Queen is standing alone with no weapons visible as if she were not dangerous. Snow White marches up to her and as she gets closer some of her men make it upstairs to back her and the Queen uses her magic to make characters out of black glass that fight the men as Snow White tries to kill the queen but she is no match for the queen and is quickly caught and held so that she watches the men die one by one. Then when almost everyone is dead the queen goes to kill Snow White for good and knocks her sword way out of the way and draws a knife to stab Snow White with. Just as she is about to stab Snow White uses a knife she has hidden in her hand to stab the Queen in the move that the huntsman taught her. The queen dies and Snow White is crowned Queen.
|Snow White's Coronation|
I liked the scene in the fairytale forest the best. It had such awesome detail and attention paid to it that everything that happened there seemed magical. All of the sets for this film were amazing and built to scale for he actors which isn't the normal thing they do when using castles and haunted forests. Normally miniatures are used but they aren't in this film. I like the use of light when Snow White wakes up in "Sanctuary," it makes her green eyes glow. The phantom army in the beginning made of black glass that shatters was visually dynamic as were the black glass figures during the fight between Snow White and the Queen. I liked the slow motion when the first black soldier if fractured in the very beginning. It made sure you saw what happened. The music was fitted to the mood of the movie and had both Celtic influences and modern influences in it.
|The King fighting the Phantom Army|
|Beautiful Green Eyes of Snow White|