'Snow White and the Huntsman' Vs. 'Mirror Mirror': Which Film Should You See?by: Posted:
This war has been bubbling up for months. It's been taken up in the media, on the internet, and now it's getting set to come to the big screen.
Stewart's film has won a couple of the early battles, by winning a courtroom skirmish which forced the LIlly Collins film to erase any mention of "Snow White" from their title - thus the name "Mirror Mirror," which still lets you know pretty clearly what fairy tale ballpark they're playing in.
Stewart's movie was also the first to get a full-length trailer out, not coincidentally right about the same time as the Hollywood premiere of her sure-to-be-box-office-megas-mash "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn." The trailer for "Mirror, Mirror" hit the internet today. Both films are likely hoping for a share of the "Twilight" friendly audience.
All this back and forth Snow Whit-ing (is that a thing? like planking? or owling? maybe it should be...) has us wondering how exactly these two movies are different, and why we should bother seeing them in the first place. Below is a category-by-category breakdown comparison of the two films.
To be honest though, the only question we're really concerned about is the fourth one.
"Mirror Mirror" hits screens March 16, 2012. "Snow White and the Huntsman" comes out June 1, 2012.
"Snow White and the Huntsman": There are some real heavyweights here. Kristen Stewart, as you well know unless you've been hiding under a very large rock, is the face of the "Twilight" saga, and can command obcene box officer numbers based on this fact alone. Chris Hemsworth is also known as "Thor" and will be a huge part of the upcoming "Avengers" movie. Charlize Theron is an Academy Award winner - beautiful, edgy, and a nice fit for the Evil Queen.
"Mirror, Mirror": Another imposing cast. Lilly Collins doesn't have Stewart's star power, but roles in "90210," alongside Taylor Lautner in "Abduction" and in the Academy Award-nominated "The Blind Side" give her real "It girl" cache. Armie Hammer's amazing role in "The Social Network" has made him highly sought after, and Julia Roberts is the perfect face for a story of a beautiful older woman facing constant competition. Nathan Lane also appears in the previews, and he's always a welcome comedic presence.
Advantage: Gonna have to go with a draw on this one. When you really look at the strength of both casts, it's pretty even-steven.
"Snow White and the Huntsman": Interesting choice here. "Snow White and Huntsman" will be directed by Rupert Sanders, an innovative and award-winning commercial director. While he doesn't have a ton of feature-length film experience, his reel is full of inventive and fantastic visions.
"Mirror, Mirror": Tarsam Singh has been toiling away in the music video world for years, emerging from time to time to release interesting and sometimes genius-level films like "The Cell" and an underrated masterwork "The Fall." This year, strangely, he's got two extremely high-profile gigs with "Immortals" and "Mirror Mirror." Few men alive can tell a visually stunning fairy tale like Singh.
Advantage: Singh, but only because he's a known quantity. For big-budget Hollywood films, both movies have strong, experimental storytellers with a focus on stark visual aesthetics at the helm.
"Snow White and the Huntsman" (Official Synopsis): "In the epic action-adventure Snow White and the Huntsman, Kristen Stewart ('Twilight') plays the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen (Oscar winner Charlize Theron) who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the one young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman (Chris Hemsworth, 'Thor') who was dispatched to kill her. Sam Claflin ('Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides') joins the cast as the prince long enchanted by Snow White’s beauty and power."
"Mirror, Mirror" (Official Synopsis): "In Relativity’s 'Mirror Mirror' starring Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts and breakout star Lily Collins ('The Blind Side'), an evil Queen (Roberts) steals control of a kingdom, and an exiled princess (Collins) enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright in a spirited adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the imagination of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer ('The Social Network') as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane ('The Birdcage') as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen."
Advantage: A slight edge to "Snow White and the Huntsman" for originality, though this is sort of apples and oranges. K-Stew helms a drama while Lilly's "Mirror Mirror" is a clear-cut comedy.
Does this movie feature lovable little people?
"Snow White and the Huntsman": Little people? Yes. Adorable little dwarves? Um, no. As the UK Guardian pointed out, these dudes look a lot like Sloth from the Goonies. This is usually a good thing in my book, but not in this case.
"Mirror Mirror": Indeed they do. The dwarves in "Mirror Mirror" are certainly not cartoon caricaturish versions of little people, but they do seem to be quite helpful little fellows. Looks like they'll jump in on a fight to boot.
Advantage: "Mirror Mirror." Give us something at least close to Dopey, Sleepy and Grumpy and we're all good in the hood, espcially if they also can throw down. No trolls, por favor.
Watch the trailer for "Snow White and the Huntsman":
Watch the trailer for "Mirror, Mirror":
Advantage: Based on fan reaction alone from readers who have seen both trailers on Yidio, the clear winner in the trailer war is "Snow White and the Huntsman."
Which film are you more excited to see? Let us know in the comments...