Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are heading up the big-screen action-fantasy film version of Snow White and the Huntsman, and it feels weird to say this, but man does this look right. Perhaps it’s films like Mirror, Mirror that set the tone for films like this – we’re used to redresses of classic fairy tales done in a mockish style – but there’s something about this trailer that suggests scale and it never feels cloying about its origins. Check out the full trailer…
The influx of new spins on classic fairy tales seems drawn from the inherent name recognition and the success of Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, but Huntsman looks like a new approach to the material – perhaps the other films feel the need to acknowledge that Walt Disney did many of these stories in classic animated films. Huntsman also doesn’t seem too gothic or dark–it’s not going for the full Dark Knight treatment. It seems to be the exact right tone for this sort of movie, which is surprising considering its director – Rupert Sanders – is a first time feature filmmaker (he’s done commercials).
This also gives our first quick look at the dwarfs, which could be the film’s Achilles heel. The dwarfs are a part of this story, and the trailer suggest that this film draws on the Joseph Campbellian archetypes of “destiny” in regards to Stewart’s Snow White – who probably does go on some sort of hero’s journey. Still, this looks fun and cool and everything that the project probably shouldn’t be.
That said, so many things that sound like a bad idea on paper can turn out to be pretty great if they’re done right. Hopefully this delivers on the promise of its trailer.
Does this get you stoked for Snow White and the Huntsman?