I watched Snow White and the Huntsman last night and really enjoyed it. The dark as a raven’s wing story was enhanced by perfect casting, beautiful cinematography and costumes, and a gorgeous soundtrack.

Though it was Snow White in the title and she dominated the screen timewise, it was Evil Queen Ravenna who demanded attention her every onscreen moment. She lurked as well, in the dark recesses of my mind, even when far from the action. Even in the guise of graceful birds, her sometimes beautiful, sometimes horrible features and malevolence were always felt and dreaded.  The moment when her persona collapsed, and her birds rained to the ground was awful yet mesmerizing. Melting birds melded with writhing evil was one of those unforgettable movie moments that help define my love for the art of cinema.

The soundtrack provided a perfect, nonintrusive enhancement to the unfolding story. Then the powerful,  glittering voice of Florence Welch over the end credits was perfect. Florence + the Machine is one of my music musts, and the choir-backed “Breath of Life” captured the soaring grandeur of the classic struggle between good and evil with passionate grace.

Honestly, one of the main reasons I wanted to see Snow White and the Huntsman was to watch Chris Hemsworth flex his impressive muscles, as well as his growing talent. I ended up with an unforgettable cinematic experience. If only all expectations were so well met and exceeded.

Snow White and the Huntsman Trailer

Florence + the Machine–Breath of Life