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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Snow White vs. Snow White

It seems like it's trailer week here at Life in Technicolor.  This time, it is the case of the dueling Snow White themed feature films.  Up first, we have Snow White and the Huntsman, the darker re-telling of the tale of Snow White.

The tone of the trailer is more violent with dark imagery, birds foreshadowing death and the Evil Queen literally sucking the life energy out of someone.  I can't recall, does Snow White (Kirsten Stewart) even utter a line in the trailer?  She's suited up in armor to fight against the Queen but it seems this trailer belongs to the Queen played by Charlize Theron who seems to be relishing her truly evil role.  The Huntsman (Chris Hemsworth) seems surly and I don't know yet which side is he supposed to represent...shades of grey?  That said, I think re-telling of classic fairy tales have a lot of potential as Alice in Wonderland showed us last year.  Let's see if this one lives up to the hype.

On the other end of the spectrum is Mirror Mirror.  Here we have a decidedly different look at Snow White.  Since this is a Disney production, there is a possibility of the characters breaking into song.  I feel this movie is more humor-oriented and not quite so dark as the other film.  How do we know this?  Exhibit A: The Queen's (Julia Roberts) scathing put-downs to her sidekick (Nathan Lane).  The Other Evil Queen would not have been so tolerant.  This Evil Queen wears bright colors while Theron's Queen limits her wardrobe to dark colors.  In fact, the whole palette of this film is more colorful with bright costumes and scenery.  I have a feeling this film could be either a hit or a miss.  Julia doesn't seem to be as convincing in her role as Evil Queen, she just seems supremely annoyed with Snow White (Lily Collins) stealing her thunder all the time.  Even Prince Charming (Armie Hammer) doesn't seem to have that much chemistry with Snow White.  Shame, I had high hopes for this film. 

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