Dragon Age: The Silent Grove is the latest Bioware property brought to comic book form by Dark Horse Comics. Readers are introduced, or reintroduced, to characters who have made their mark in Thedas in Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2. Alistair, here the king of Fereldan, takes front and center, the plot revolving around his search for a missing, and presumed dead, individual of some importance to Fereldan.
As the title indicates, this movie has a main plot line involving both Snow White and the dubious Huntsman. However, the real star of this movie is the queen. Charlize Theron embodies all that is wicked, but in a sympathetic and majestic way. Her beauty and talent for making you believe- more than that, understand why she is so evil really carries this film.
The setting was also fantastic with wide, sweeping shots of jagged mountainous terrain (complete with Celtic-inspired music – yay!), gardens of vibrant flora and deathly forests with poisonous gases. Overall, the set design and costumes were amazing – I long for a cape of raven feathers!
Even the fabled dwarves make an appearance, not in a Disney way, but in a story about redemption and sacrifice. They serve to help Snow realize her purpose which is to bring life back to a scarred and ravaged world. You’ll recognize a few familiar faces in the dwarven bunch and to me they add a lot of warmth and depth to the story.
Basically, there is a lot right with this movie, but as expected, a few things fell flat. I’m not going to detail plot issues that didn’t work for me, just know that they are there. There is a failed attempt at a love triangle, for example, that could have been eliminated with the exception of perhaps setting up for a sequel. Also, come on, Studio Executives, Kristen Stewart IS Bella from Twilight. The same lip-biting, looking away in a heated moment and awkward exhale permeates this movie like lingering illness. And come on. Let’s get real for a second. Is there any way that Bell–er Kristen Stewart in any universe could be fairer than Charlize?
Perhaps with a different actress as Snow White, I’d be able to overlook some plot disagreements and give this move a 10 of 10, but that’s not what I experienced. I found myself eavesdropping on a conversation my neighbor was having about hiding her Match.com subscription from her husband every time Stewart came on-screen. Charlize, however, ripped away my wandering attention, held onto it with her claw-like fingers and forced me back into the movie. Because of that, I hereby give Snow White & The Huntsman 8.5 tequila shots.
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