Hmm...pretty fantasy gubbins, ahoy.
In the battle of duelling “Snow White” movies, I long since pledged my viewership to Brit helmer Rupert Sanders and his “Snow White & The Huntsman” effort – despite multiple viewings of differing trailers, I’ve not been able to warm to the Tarsem Singh-helmed, Julia Roberts-starring “Mirror, Mirror”, which seems to be going down a fluffy sitcom direction which will doubtless speak to a lot of folks.
I’m just not one of those folks.
My cautious nerd-jones for the Kristen Stewart/Chris Hemsworth/Charlize Theron effort has been stoked somewhat by the second trailer for the film, which is now online.
Ooh - she's SO evil.
And, no, it’s not due to Charlize wearing a lot of milk and not a lot else – I’m going with the trailer’s frequent bat-shizz insane flights of fantasy, bonkers action and epic scale shenanigans which promise that, if nothing else, this will be a feast for the eyes.
It’s due to open on June 1st, opposite that Ridley Scott film we were discussing the other day – option paralysis engage!
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Lily Collins, as the fairest of them all, in Tarsem Singh's "Mirror Mirror"
You wait for one revisionist take on the Snow White tale and then two of the blighters fetch up at the same time. Typical. Have a gander at the first teaser for “Mirror Mirror”.
This version comes from Tarsem Singh, whose myth, blood and thunder tale “Immortals” opened last week to less than stellar reviews and middle-of-the-road box office takings. I hesitate to bad mouth anything when all that I’ve seen is a two-minute trailer, but I get the distinct sense that this iteration isn’t aimed at me and that I won’t be going to see it any time soon.
The look of the scenes in the trailer is odd, for one thing. It looks more like a sitcom on broadcast TV than a film – I’ve heard the late, lamented “Pushing Daisies” as a reference point but that’s not what I was getting from the “Mirror Mirror” trailer.
I liked “Pushing Daisies”. This, Sir/Madam, is no “Pushing Daisies”.
As an additional entry in the debit column, Julia Roberts is villainously mugging for all that she’s worth as the Evil Queen, dropping a series of not even remotely funny one-liners and doing her best to assassinate a faux-British accent.
I don’t like to pre-judge anything, but this trailer suggests a film which is headed directly towards the ‘Does Not Want’ file when it opens on March 16, 2012.
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.
Bella, Aeon Flux and Thor made a film? What larks!
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.
I kind of prefer the Kristen Stewart version, weirdly...
“Entertainment Weekly” have some pictures in their current issue from the Tarsem Singh “Snow White” project – this is the one with Lily Collins and Julia Roberts, not the competing one with Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth (which looks a bit more interesting). Still, those Tarsem colours, huh?
Den of Geek, meanwhile, has set pictures from the Vancouver set of Zach Snyder’s “Superman” reboot, “Man of Steel”. For some as yet unknown reason, Henry Cavill has gone the ‘Jesus Hobo’ look. It’s a look, I guess…
From "21 Jump Street" teen idol to multi-generational icon. Nice work if you can get it.
Empire reports that Johnny Depp is filling up his dance card – he’ll be the lead in a biopic of Theodor Geisel, aka Dr Seuss and star in a new version of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Thin Man”.
Topless Robot, meanwhile, have some updates on the imminent “Batman – Arkham City” game – meet Robin, everyone, or ‘Tim Drake’ as he’s known to his mum.
Single-handedly erasing those terrible, Chris O' Donnell memories...
Finally, Digital Spy has a trailer for season two of “The Walking Dead”, which returns to FX in the UK on 21 October, at 10:00pm.