Snow White Double Feature
Once upon a time, there was a girl, named Snow White, who cooked and cleaned for seven men until she was killed by a piece of fruit. Don’t worry, she was brought back by a little harmless necrophilia, aka kiss from a Prince. In 2012, this charming tale will be retold, twice. One starring Kristen Stewart and one starring Lily Collins.
You’ll be glad to know that in the original story there was no necrophilia; Snow White was very much alive when the prince kissed her. She woke back up when the glass coffin was dropped and a piece of the poison apple was dislodged from her throat, then and only then, when it was completely legal, did the prince kiss her, though he had just bought her to put on display (not kidding the seven dwarfs sold the corpse). Next year two Snow White live action adaptions are coming out, one’s a comedy and then the others your typical Hollywood dark remake.
The first to hit cinemas is Mirror Mirror, starring Lily Collins, which comes out in March 2012. It’s a light hearted, almost parody, of the fairy tale. In it, Snow White is banished into the forest were she meets the seven dwarfs. She then leads them in a fight against the men sent by the evil queen. One of these men is the prince, who Snow White had fallen in love with, but he’s under a spell.
It seems to be the same basic story as the fairy tale with a bit of comedy thrown in. This version is the lighter of the two and is aimed more towards children and teen girls. It looks extremely over the top and stylised, yet somehow cheap at the same time. Most of it the scenery just looks like a movie set, which obviously it is. Julia Roberts’ character seems to make jokes that are more for the older audience, but it really just comes off as a bad Shrek rip-off.
The second film will be released in June 2012 and is titled Snow White and the Huntsman. This one is significantly darker than the other and is reminiscent of Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which may be because it has the same producers. In this story Snow White teams up with the Huntsman to defeat the queen. It’s a unique twist on the tail, but maybe they’ve twisted it too much. I’m all for dark remakes, but they have to make sense. What exactly does this have to do with Snow White?
Lack of faith to the source material aside, this is the version that is more likely to get me into the cinema as it’s definitely aimed at an older, probably male, audience, though Twilight fans will no doubt also go see it. In my opinion, this is by far the better of the two and I’d be surprised if it doesn’t prove more popular than the former.
What do you think? Which one would you prefer to see? Do you think the story needed updating? Would you ever put a dead person on display? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also don’t forget to subscribe/follow and click the like button.