As a fairy-tale-swooning female, I decided to give my take on Snow White and the Huntsman. Here is what writer James Bean had to say about the movie. As for me, I enjoyed the movie more than he did, because I cared about the characters, and, I’ll just admit it, I always grin when good triumphs over evil.

Let me just say this up front: I have never written a movie review before, and this one will be riddled with minor spoilers (because honestly, I don’t know how to write about a movie without revealing some small surprises). For another head’s up, I am not typically a Kristen Stewart fan (don’t ravage me to shreds readers), because her acting reads as emotionless — stoic at best — throughout the Twilight films thus far. And finally, I worship the ground Charlize Theron walks on (after Young Adult, who doesn’t?!).

I went to see Snow White and the Huntsman on a whim with no real expectations, and the film surprised me. Though the plot grew shaky at times, the writers took the time to give ample breathing room to each character’s back story, so by the end, you cared for each of them. The visuals blew me away (the scene in fairy forest … who do I have to bribe to take me there). And the classic story of Snow White wove into the plot without seeming forced. Neither the apple nor the kiss nor the mirror will disappoint. And to top it off, the film didn’t present the typical must-be-saved-by-prince plot line, but instead offered a heroine who had to learn to save herself.

The movie begins with a haunting sequence that breathes life into the plot. Princess Snow White is the pride and joy of the kingdom, while the evil — yet sexy — new Queen claws her way to the top. A thread is introduced here, a series of birds who Snow White healed as a child guide her to safety as the film progresses. Within the first 20 minutes, there is a lonely brother’s moment of weakness, a daring escape and a proper soul sucking. Wham, bam, boom, I’m hooked.

The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth), our unlikely hero’s helper, now becomes part of the plot. And Snow and the Huntsman become a lovable duo making their way through the eerily enchanted dark forest. This portion disappoints only in that the dark forest is given no context. Why does it work the way it does, and why do the two make it out while almost no other’s survive? After this jaunt, the two come across my favorite village of people: the women who have sacrificed their beauty to raise their children in peace. It will give you chills.

As the story continues, we begin to feel sorry for the Queen and forgive some of her satanic ways. She is merely feeding the fire that keeps her alive at any price. And you get a whiff of how difficult her life has been in her moment of grief later in the film.

Within the first hour, the Duke’s son William (Sam Claflin) vies to help save the Princess. His character seemed to be the most disjointed. We get little background on him besides a few flashes of his childhood, and we don’t really understand who he is or why he fight’s for his childhood love. (And, let’s just be honest, we aren’t really rooting for him to win her back. Team Huntsman!)

After him, the lovable and insightful dwarves join the crew. Their characters grant the film a cup of comedic relief and a splash of sincerity. Once Snow White manages to wrangle the troops with a winning yet rushed speech, they’re off for an epic battle (which totally channeled the Hogwarts Battle, though with the evil inside the castle walls this time). In the final (and predictable) show down between the Queen and Snow White; the two brawl face-to-face, and it’s the Huntsman’s earlier advice that ends the battle. Beautiful.

Throughout the film, Kristen Stewart maintained her typically stoic demeanor, but for once, I actually think it worked for the character. It made her character hard as well as lovable. What made it better was the dichotomy between Stewarts’s shielded expressions and Charlize Theron’s grandiose ones. Theron was truly larger than life in this film, and Stewart served as the perfect balance.

Overall, the film was visually awe-striking, but it didn’t lack a plot. Though the narrative had loose ends, the critical threads were tied up nicely. More than anything, I cared about these characters, and I think the movie can appeal to action lovers and fairy tale fans alike. This isn’t a film I will own, probably just a one time watch, but it was worth the time and money to view in theaters.

Grade: B

Rated: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, and brief sensuality)

Snow White and the Huntsman is now available in theaters.

The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

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The Powers That Be have spoken, and they’re saying Guillermo del Toro will not be making a third Hellboy installment.

Fans across the globe are shedding tears as we learn that director/writer del Toro will not be helming another Hellboy movie. It’s time to punch something, smoke a cigar, and then find a kitten before you settle in for the bad news.

In mid-January, del Toro asked fans to vote in a 24-hour poll to show support for making Hellboy III. He promised that if it got 100,000 votes within the time frame, he’d take it to the studio and have a talk with them about making the film.

Unfortunately, del Toro did not get the answer we were hoping for.

However, there is hope for fans of the comics, as artist and creator Mike Mignola reminded us that just because del Toro isn’t going to be involved anymore, it doesn’t mean there won’t be future Hellboy movies. There’s always hope.

This is good news for those who perhaps didn’t like del Toro’s take on the character. It hints at a possible reboot of the franchise, but if that were to happen, don’t expect Ron Perlman to reprise his role.

For those who fell in love with Perlman’s interpretation of the titular character, this is certainly a blow. However, del Toro does wish the franchise luck, and it’s not like he’s hurting for work (he’s got Netflix’s Trollhunters, Pacific Rim 2, and The Shape of Water, to just name a few).

This tweet is certainly interesting, as it hints that he wanted to take Hellboy in a new direction, but his vision did not match the vision of the studio. Does this mean they’ve got another idea in mind already, and if so, will it be Hellboy III, or a Hellboy for a new generation?

With Ron Perlman out of the picture, it’s likely the studio may try to do a reboot, rather than replace the actor for a potential sequel. If there is a reboot, there could be resistance from fans, but with updated technology and someone else’s vision, we could be looking at an interesting new set of superhero movies that will still feel different from the blockbusters currently taking over cinemas.

Are you interested in a new ‘Hellboy’ franchise?

The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

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The movie adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda is progressing nicely as Jennifer Garner is in talks to join the cast.

Back in December we relayed news that Nick Robinson (Jurassic World) was cast as the titular character in Simon, which would be directed by Arrow-verse helmer Greg Berlanti.

According to Deadline, Jennifer Garner is currently negotiating a deal with the film to star as Simon’s mother. She’ll be joining Robinson, Katherine Langford (Leah Burke), Alexandra Shipp (Abby Suso), and Logan Miller (Martin Addison).

The synopsis for Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda reads, “Simon Spier is sixteen and in love. Sure, he has never met the mysterious ‘Blue’ in person, but he’s falling hard and fast for their email love letters. There’s only one problem: Blue is a boy, Simon is gay, and he hasn’t told anyone else.”

The novel made the world (and Hypable) fall in love with the story, and the current cast and creative team have fans excited for this adaptation. With Wyck Godfrey’s Temple Hill Entertainment (The Maze Runner series, The Twilight Saga, and the upcoming Power Rangers) behind the scenes, it’s bound to be a big production.

How excited are you for ‘Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda’?

Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

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Iwan Rheon has been cast as Maximus in Marvel’s upcoming ABC series, Inhumans.

Iwan Rheon will star as Maximus, an integral member of the Inhuman royal family. As the brother of the Inhuman king Black Bolt, Maximus holds considerable power in the alien city of Attilan. Charming and clever, he is exceptionally loyal to his people.

But unsurprisingly to those familiar with Rheon’s body of work, Maximus also hides darker ambitions — including taking the throne from Black Bolt.

Iwan Rheon is best known for his terrifying turn as Ramsay Bolton in HBO’s Game of Thrones. He has starred in the British series Misfits and Vicious, and may never play a hero again in his life.

Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb, who also serves as an executive producer on Inhumans, suggests that those villainous skills will be well-deployed in the role of Maximus.

“Iwan’s ability to be charming, roguish, and still completely unexpectedly dangerous were all the different sides we needed to bring the character to life,” Loeb says. “We’re thrilled to have him on board.”

Showrunner Scott Buck agrees.

“Maximus is a complex character. Likable, charming, tragic and villainous all in the same moment,” he says, “And I’m very excited to have someone of Iwan’s considerable talent.”

Marvel’s Inhumans will be produced in partnership with IMAX. The first two episodes will screen in IMAX theaters before the show’s network debut in mid September. Spanning the course of eight episodes, the series will tell the story of the Inhuman royal family, with the associated drama that just happens when you’re a family of aliens with magical powers trying to rule a secret city.

A leaked cast list for Inhumans hinted at a complex lineup of characters, including Black Bolt’s wife Medusa and her sister Crystal. Karnak, as well as the three-legged horse Gorgon and amphibious Triton round out the eclectic cast. And with Iwan Rheon in place as Maximus, it seems like just a matter of time before the rest of the family falls into line.

What do you think of Iwan Rheon as Maximus in Marvel’s ‘Inhumans’?

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