As part of my job as an arts and entertainment reporter, I watch hundreds of trailers a month. Most of them are ho-hum, some of them are absolutely horrible, and some don’t even make me want to leave the house to go to Redbox, let alone the movie theater.
This week, however, was a little different. I perused the normal suspects — a new cop buddy remake, a love story, the action flick that is destined to strike out — and came up upon something just a little different.
For months, movie enthusiasts have been speculating on two movies with basically the same premise coming out in 2012. “Mirror, Mirror” and “Snow White and The Huntsman,” both takes on the classic Snow White fairy tale, are set to come out in March and June respectively, and both of their trailers were released within the past week. The stories may come from the same fairy tale, but the previews have revealed two very, very different stories.
The two movies are drastically different. “Mirror Mirror” stars relative unknown Lily Collins as Snow White and “X-Men First Class” heart throb Armie Hammer as the prince. The show is stolen by the evil queen, played by Julia Roberts, who is not only the perfectly despicable character but also incredible funny. The movie is the more classic of the two.
“Snow White and The Huntsman,” however, is a much darker, much more alluring prospect. Perpetual brooder Kristen Stewart plays Snow White, who is a princess but plays a sword-wielding, battle-fighting version of her. The male lead, who is the Huntsman instead of a prince, is played by Chris Hemsworth. And the much more menacing queen is played by Charlize Theron.
Just one look at the two trailers and I already know which one I am going to see the day it comes out. It’s clear: “Snow White and The Huntsman” is going to be right up there with the huge summer blockbusters on my must-see list.
The trailer is one minute and 52 seconds of thrilling visuals, coupled with the scary and seductive voice of Charlize Theron over the entire short is enough to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. Stewart isn’t in love with a vampire in this one, which is already a plus. And this gives Hemsworth another chance to battle, talk, and act like “Thor” without being a superhero.
As far as I am concerned, there is no question. The filmmakers and director Rupert Sanders took a huge risk here, and even the trailer shows it has paid off. Mark your calendars for June 1. That’s the day a fairytale gets remade into a truly riveting story.