Snow White and the Huntsman

Theatrical Release: June 1, 2012
Snow White and the Huntsman


In a twist to the fairy tale, the Huntsman ordered to take Snow White into the woods to be killed winds up becoming her protector and mentor in a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen. Unable to tolerate the insult to her vanity, the evil queen decides that Snow White must die. The queen sends a huntsman to kill Snow White. However the huntsman finds himself unable to murder the innocent young woman, and instead ends up training her to become a warrior capable of threatening the queen’s reign.

Dove Review

There are a few twists to this fairy tale, made famous by the animated Disney film in the late nineteen thirties. The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) essentially takes the place of the prince in this movie. He is a widower who at first is given the assignment to capture Snow White (Kristen Stewart) but instead his heart is captured by the virtuous and beautiful princess. And this is definitely a darker version of the story. There are many sword fights in the film, although they are very well done. The dwarves are sword fighters in this one. You won’t find Dopey or Doc or Grumpy in this movie. Despite the well- choreographed sword fights it is mainly within the action of these fights that the violence level rates a three in our content rating, disqualifying it from receiving our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal. It certainly didn’t help when the queen (Charlize Theron) took a bloody heart from a bird and ate it. To her credit, Theron plays the queen as icy cold and evil, a woman who takes the youth of young women in order to sustain her youthful look.

Although the blood isn’t seen throughout the film, there are almost non-stop fights or moments of violence which include many characters receiving arrows to the back and dying. So, despite the themes of true love’s kiss winning over death, and good triumphing over evil, plus purity and innocence being recognized as virtues, the movie can’t receive our Seal. The Lord’s Prayer is even recited early on by Snow White. It’s too bad the dark mood and consistent violence knocks it out of our “family-approved” arena.

Content Description

Sex: A couple of kissing scenes.
Language: H-3; P-1; You Fool-1; Poo (as in poop)-1
Violence: A lot of violence including sword fights, arrows piercing backs, axe wounds, punching, bloody lips, stabbings; a woman eats a heart from a dead and bloody bird; a horse kicks a man; blood seen on knife; man hit with hatchet; corpses seen on floor from queen sucking the youth from bodies.
Drugs: A certain character drinks wine; some wine spills forth and looks like blood; a poisonous gas in the misty woods cause a few characters to hallucinate.
Nudity: Cleavage; a man is seen nearly shirtless as his wounds on his chest are bandaged; a woman removes a robe to get into a pool but nothing other than her back shoulders are seen.
Other: A man spits every so often; black magic powers are used by queen; death; bugs and winged creatures are seen; snakes are seen and a troll in a scary scene.


Company: Universal Pictures
Writer: Evan Daugherty & John Lee Hancock
Director: Rupert Sanders
Producer: Sam Mercer
Genre: Action
Runtime: 127 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter