Given that Universal Pictures’ corporate policy is apparently to make tent-pole summer movies out of board games you used to play as a kid, or hope that the young people still like them some Dominic Torretto every couple of years, you could be forgiven for thinking that all is lost for the studio who once brought you the likes of “Jurassic Park” and “Back To The Future”.
I’m not sure that things will be any better in 2012, but I’m following their iteration of the ‘Snow White’ tale with a little more enthusiasm than I expected to, now that Hollywood has decided that we should have a whole bunch of Snow White flicks next summer.
Genuine enthusiasm for putting a spin on a beloved classic or all concerned just wanting to get product out of the door before the imminent End of All Things? Who can say.
To get on with it, Uni have released a trailer for their take on the Fairest of Them All – and it stars noted awkwardist and sometime vampire spouse Kristen Stewart alongside affable God of Thunder Chris Hemsworth, Oscar (C) winning Charlize Theron and a chap called Sam Clafin, whose presence in the most recent “Pirates of the Caribbean” flick escaped me (not in a rush to see it, if I’m honest).
Why am I interested in this? Well, it certainly looks different from the usual takes on fairy tales. Snow White’s in armour, the magic mirror’s had quite the upgrade, the Evil Queen’s clearly into milk in a major way and Chris Hemsworth is built like a fricking fridge, so whatever he wants to do is perfectly fine by me.
It’s a fine trailer – whether the collision of images, battle scenes, Evil Queen’s sexy bath time antics, swooning romance and abruptly exploding wildfowl add up to anything more than stirringly-scored eye candy is your guess but I’ll be keeping my eyes open for more on this as it develops.