Whoa! What have we here… just last week we’ve got Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman‘s trailer, a decidedly grittier take of the fairy tale. Well today, we’ve got Tarsem’s version which is decidedly… well, whimsical.
Check it out below:
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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. The film also stars Armie Hammer as the object of their affection, Prince Andrew Alcott, and Nathan Lane as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen.
As I’ve mentioned in my Snow White Battle post, Tarsem’s version seems to be the more ‘faithful’ version story-wise to the Disney version, and it certainly has a more kiddie appeal geared more for families. Even on the concept poster I posted a few months ago, it said ‘A Comedic Adventure Awaits’. It’s kind of like Enchanted, whilst the Huntsman one is a darker version that would appeal more to adults. I think it kind of make sense that Tarsem is going after a different set of audience with this one. I mean, why even do TWO versions of the same fairy tale if you’re going to make ’em tonally and visually similar??
I have issues with this trailer but to be fair, this one has a couple of good things going for it. For one, Lily Collins with her girly-face and porcelain skin looks more like what I’d picture the fairy tale princess to be. Hunky Armie Hammer also makes for a dashing prince, and the costumes are beautiful.
But whilst I’m not totally sold on Kristen Stewart as Snow White in the Huntsman version, Julia Roberts fares worse as evil queen here. She’s just not menacing at all and what’s her fakey British accent, I mean, why bother? There are creepy stuff going on all around as well, what’s with the Queen having the hots for the Prince?? I mean that is just plain weird and disturbing. And what’s with the dwarf quoting Scarface at the end… ‘Say hello to my little friend.’ Huh?? Seriously??
So with that said, based on the first trailer from both sides, I’m more likely to see the Saunders version.
What do you think of this trailer, folks? Will you be seeing this one?