Sadly the 'haters' appear to be jealous, hormonal (or is that hormoanal) teenagers who can't get past her performance in Twilight. And unfortunately there is an army of them. So basically you can guarantee that any film Kristen Stewart is in will bring out this army of immature morons to clog up these boards with endless (pointless) tirades about her wooden acting, and her appearance.
Hormonal teenagers are PRECISELY Twilight's audience and fanbase, the adults who find those movies appealing are a minority, and they will love Stewart in everything she is in, regardless of the quality (or lack of) her performance.
The rest of us do indeed dislike Twilight (I watched the first one and I was not compeled to watch the rest of the series), They are BAD movies, aimed to please a very specific sort of audience; sure, I am not losing my time trolling the Twilight forums, but if the fact that I detested the first film (and I hear that the series get progressively worse) makes me a "hater", so be it.
Please don't tell me there are adults out there hating this actress! They would be very sad indeed.
I watched it last night with friends and their child and we all loved it! I was actually impressed with KS's acting (she is rather wooden in Twilight if truth be told!) so I was pleasantly surprised. Superb, flawless SFX and production values. Ian McShane stole every scene he was in!!!
The first time I watched the movie on DVD, I thought it was entertaining, but overall mediocre, it got me bored at parts, and it was evident that it was trying too hard to emulate movies such as Willow, Lord of the Rings, and Legend; but without the charm of these films. So I gave it a 4/10.
However, I watched it a second time, but now in Blu Ray, which made the experience much better; for some reason I thought it was too dark on DVD, in Blu Ray I could appreciate better the art direction the SFX, and the production values you speak of.
Sure, the movie still tries to emulate those films I mentioned, but I could notice this second time that at least it succeeds in some aspects, the fairy tale atmosphere is quite good in some scenes, the scenarios, environment and the mythology around it is not so bad, in fact it becomes an enjoyable film. Being objective, a 6/10 would be a fair ranking.
At the end of the day the film has more positive elements than negative ones, it will never be a cinematographic jewel, but it is a rather fun and enjoyable movie which fulfills its purpose of entertaining.
However, also objectively speaking there are some negative aspects on it too, ultimately I gave it a 6, which is far from a 10, but of course, it is even more distanced from a 1.
Snow White going into battle with that army looks silly, and the armors and shields are too Lord of the Rings, complete with Gondor's white tree as an emblem, there is lack of character development, if the producers had followed closer the real story, there wouldn't have been any need to do that silly battle scene and the time spent to do that senseless war would have been used to deliver better characters.
Also, sorry to say it, but Stewart IS wooden in this movie, her personality (or lack of) and charisma is practically non existant, she is cold and emotionless, I was even joking with my brother and his girlfriend about the coronation scene and she being all serious by saying: Hey! Didn't she get the memo telling her that they actually won and life is good again? She rarely ever smiles and her lack of emotions would make any poker player envy her greatly.
Another thing that is absurd is that this Snow White is supposed to be more beautiful than the queen, sorry but in what realistic universe is Stewart remotely prettier than Theron? It is clear that one of the two actresses (or both for that matter) is miscast.
Stewart is attractive, I'll give you that, and in this movie probably she looks prettier than the other movies she has been into (Adventureland, Into the Wild, Twilight, Speak, The Panic Room, etc.), but not nearly as beautiful as Theron, and her performance does not help her, I don't know about the rest of people, but at least on my personal taste, I think that personality and charisma make a woman look even more beautiful, and Stewart has none of them, it is ALWAYS the same performance in every role I've seen her: Cold, distant, uptight, emotionless, uncharismatic, and with the same facial gesture the whole time, as if she has been terribly constipated for days.
An actor is supposed to transmit and represent different feelings and moods, an actor is supposed to look natural, she always looks stressed, worried, bitter, rigid so needless to say she fails in those aspects, she IS absolutely wooden.
So yeah, while I enjoyed my second viewing of the film much better than the first time, and I am not the sort of person who says: "Oh! Stewart is in this film, then I wont watch it!", I have not yet found a movie in which she actually makes me like (let alone love) her character, needless to say I do indeed consider her a bad actress who admitedely has managed to be in a couple of interesting movies (Adventureland and Into the Wild), but became famous for an extremely mediocre series in which hormonal teens almost made a cult around her.Christianity's GREATEST ally and BEST friend throughout history is Satan