Everyone will end up comparing next year’s dual Snow White films — Snow White and the Huntsman & Mirror, Mirror, if you haven’t been keeping track — but there already looks to be a clear winner in this battle. Not just because we got an unexpectedly promising trailer for the former last week — also because we’ve now received a hideous one for the latter, thanks to Yahoo.
Boy, Tarsem wasn’t kidding when he called his interpretation of the story “sickeningly kiddy.” Everything on display here — the color scheme, acting style, brand of humor, and actual comedy bits — feel so juvenile as to completely repel me from ever seeing this. Even Armie Hammer, the acting standout in the somewhat leaden J. Edgar, doesn’t seem to have a clue as to what should be done here. Don’t even get me started on how soap opera-cheap it looks. And, hey, why is there a Scarface reference?
Watch the trailer below:
Relativity’s “Mirror Mirror” is a spectacular reimagining of the classic fairy tale starring Oscar® winner Julia Roberts as the Queen, Lily Collins (“The Blind Side”) as Snow White, Armie Hammer (“The Social Network”) as Prince Alcott, Sean Bean (“Game of Thrones,” “The Lord of the Rings”) as the King and Nathan Lane (“The Lion King,” “The Birdcage”) as the Queen’s hapless and bungling servant, Brighton. An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess 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.
Visionary director Tarsem Singh (“Immortals”) rewrites fairy tale history as a wicked enchantress (Roberts) schemes and scrambles for control of a spirited orphan’s (Collins) throne and the attention of a charming prince (Hammer). When Snow White’s beauty wins the heart of the prince that she desperately pursues, the Queen banishes her to the forest, where a ravening man-eating beast hungrily awaits.
Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen. With the support of her subjects, she roars into action in an epic battle that blends spectacle, magic and contemporary humor in Singh’s signature, jaw-dropping visual style.
Also starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, and Nathan Lane, Mirror, Mirror will open on March 16th, 2012.
Does this trailer get you excited for Mirror, Mirror? Which Snow White movie are you more intent on seeing next year?
Since any New York cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely […]
Latest posts from The Film Stage