November 30, 2011 by Vinnie Leduc
Hollywood has a history of spitting out similar, competing movies around the same time. Sometimes I like the double dose: Despicable Me and Megamind, Antz and A Bug’s Life, The Prestige and The Illusionist, Mission to Mars and Red Planet, Dante’s Peak and Volcano.
In other cases, I choose sides and prefer one over the other (all of the latter ones in the following pairs): No Strings Attached vs. Friends With Benefits, Surf’s Up vs. Happy Feet, Deep Impact vs. Armageddon, The Cave vs. The Descent, Paul Blart: Mall Cop vs. Observe and Report, The Wild vs. Madagascar.
Next year’s match-up will be Mirror Mirror vs. Snow White and the Huntsman, and from the trailers below, I’m strongly leaning towards one side.
Both films are obviously based on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale. Both villainesses are Oscar winners who’ve been nominated multiple times. Both actresses playing Snow White have co-starred with Taylor Lautner this year. Both trailers include the well known descriptions of Snow White’s beauty and mirror lines that Disney globalized in its animated incarnation. Both feature visual effects, swordplay, fantasy magic, lavish sets, and an ominous apple. Both movies come out in 2012 within a few months of each other.
But only one looks awesome.
Let’s get Relativity Media’s Mirror Mirror out of the way first though. If you don’t stop watching its trailer below after 15 seconds (which I wanted to do), it’s got dancing, singing, swing-and-miss one-liners, a goofy score, and Julia Roberts’ trademark laugh-cackle, an obligatory staple of all of her movies. Directed by Immortals‘ Tarsem Singh and also starring Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Sean Bean, and Nathan Lane, Mirror Mirror is set for release on March 16. Besides the gold-heavy color scheme, you’d think that Singh’s next film would be the other Snow White movie, but the preview for Mirror Mirror is officially trailer trash.
Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman introduces a smokin’ hot Charlize Theron in a darker tribute to the fairy tale. It’s got interesting and chilly narration from her, sweet special effects, a cool score, battle scenes, evil mystical creatures, and T-1000’s brother. Directed by rookie Rupert Sanders and also starring Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart and Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth, Snow White and the Huntsman is now on my list of most anticipated movies and is set for release on June 1.
The two fairy tale movies are clearly aimed at different audiences, so which one are you gonna see?