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The Dictator & Snow White and the Huntsman

Posted Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at 9:11 PM

Snow White and the Huntsman
So I watched two films this past weekend as I really wanted to see both of them. Snow White and the Huntsman is the one I went to first and what I will start this review with.

The trailers for Snow White made it look extremely visual with the promise of epic fantasy adventure and action - all the remarkable visual flairs that they used to market this film was spot on but the epic fantasy adventure was nowhere to be found. It was very entertaining to look at all the marvelous imagery clipping by at a quick pace, however that lends to its downfall.

Snow White started pretty strong with some initial character development but decided it was not nearly as important as showing some cool visuals that never seemed to really help the story. Some of it was neat and some felt forced but in the end, it didn't really matter as the movie failed to make me care about the characters enough to want to know what happened with them. I ended up being more concerned with the next flashy visual.

The story of Snow White is pretty well known and with this re-imagining of the classic story, they went in some completely different directions while still trying to keep the core parts of the story intact. I still can't decide if it was worth it. I do believe that trying to keep the story based off the original is almost detracting from the new elements they tried to bring in. I suppose one could argue that the new elements they brought in detract from the original story as well. I can see it either way and Snow White and the Huntsman suffers for it.

Overall, Snow White and the Huntsman was a decent film that keeps you entertained by the sheer amount of interesting visuals that keep popping up but if you're looking for anything more, look elsewhere.

The Dictator is the second film I watched this week with high expectations - not because of star Sacha Baron Cohen's previous films Borat and Bruno, but because of the trailer's promise of a switch from a documentary type feel to a more structured story. Overall, the film still had some of the same feel as his last two movies but a step in the right direction for a more entertaining movie rather than a one trick gross out film.

While The Dictator did float away from that, it still had its share of gross out humor and most were used pretty effectively in the story. As with Bruno and Borat, one watch is good enough to get a good laugh and move on. This is a funny film that is well worth watching but not something to keep on the DVD case at home as you probably won't have much desire to watch it again as the humor isn't something most will find funny over and over again.

Both movies I watched this week were good but not great and both are worth giving a shot if the trailers appeal to you. Both are playing at Cinema 3 in McCook. Check www.fridleytheatres.com for showtimes and more information. You can also get your midnight show tickets for The Amazing Spider-man online now! I'm really looking forward to that one! And - Cinema 3 is finally confirmed to be switched to a full 3D digital cinema by June 15th which is just in time for the premiere of Amazing Spider-man!

Movie House in downtown McCook also has rentals on previous Sacha Baron Cohen films and on June 26th will have the other Snow White film starring Julia Roberts. Check them out at www.facebook.com/moviehousemccook. New releases this week are John Carter, Journey 2, Act of Valor and Safe House.

Next week, we'll have Madagascar 3 at Cinema 3 and I'll be checking it out with the kids. Have a good week!

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Cody Dame is the CEO and owner of three local McCook Businesses, Game On, Spotlight Studios and Divine Productions. He also manages to work for the McCook Daily Gazette.