Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Who's the Fairest of Them All?

So, just as there are dueling Fairy Tale shows on network TV (the rather silly "Once Upon a Time" on ABC and the far-superior "Grimm" on NBC), next year will see two dueling Snow White movies. 

First up is Mirror, Mirror, a kid friendly comedy from director Tarsem Singh (Immortals; The Cell) starring Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane and Lily Collins. Scheduled for release on March 16th, Tarsem's version appears to be a light and rather silly take on the tale, especially given what we can see of Lane's performance:

Of course, Singh's signature visual flare is on full display here. I'll probably wait to see this one on DVD or OnDemand.

June 1st is the scheduled date for first-time director Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman, starring Kristen Stewart; Thor hottie Chris Hemsworth; the stunning Charlize Theron; "Deadwood" alum Ian McShane; Ray Winstone and Bob Hoskins.

Sanders' take appears to be a bit darker in tone, and (you should excuse the pun) grimmer of the two, featuring the gorgeous Theron as a very evil queen who will stop at nothing to be able to claim herself the "fairest of them all.' The trailer (embedded below) makes me want to see this one in a theater.

While many of us think of Disney's 1937 animated Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to be the ultimate version the Brothers Grimm story, there are many variations of story. Personally, I love the Showtime version "Snow White: A Tale of Terror" starring Sigourney Weaver as the evil queen. I also love Gregory Maguire's ("Wicked") deconstructed version of the story, also titled "Mirror, Mirror."

So, which "Snow White" movie are you looking forward to see?

More, anon.

1 comment:

Pax Romano said...

So much Snow White, so little time.