It seems that every once in awhile Hollywood gets in a phase. It seems that fairy tales are making a comeback, and there are not one but two movies set to come out in 2012 about Snow White. The classic tale of vanity (not unlike the quest of many celebrities and wannabes), there is a lot to draw inspiration from. These films are nothing like the quintessential Disney film, but instead embark on both a dark and a humorous path. Based on the trailers, it seems like there are some good and bad aspects of both films.
“Snow White and the Huntsman”
Starring Kristen Stewart, known as the famously vacant Bella Swan in the Twilight franchise, takes on the role as a butt-kicking warrior in this film, with Charlize Theron as the photoshopped Evil Queen. In this story, the huntsman sent to kill Snow White instead becomes her mentor and helps her to defeat the evil queen. While I like the dark, more serious tone and the epic visuals, what I want to know is how did Snow White become Joan of Arc? Must we create a feminist incarnation for every princess in the 21st century? I’m just hoping to see more from Kristen Stewart than just an eye roll and a smirk.
While “Huntsman” takes on a serious tone, “Mirror, Mirror” could not be further from that. This movie, starring Lilly Collins as Snow White and Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, is much more light-hearted. The twist in this plot is that Snow White, with her trusty band of seven men, must fight the Evil Queen to rebuild a fallen kingdom. Truth be told, I am even more concerned about this film than “Huntsman”. I do not exactly understand what this film is seeking to accomplish. Is it supposed to be funny? Because the jokes seem forced. Sure the cinematography and the visual design are beautiful, but there’s something lacking. The only redeeming quality that I can detect is they cast that guy from “The Social Network” who played the twins as The Prince, and he’s pretty easy on the eyes.