By now, I’ve seen both Snow White films from 2012: Mirror, Mirror starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer, and Snow White & The Huntsman starring Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart and Chris Hemsworth.
Day and night!
Mirror, Mirror is the love-child production starring Julia Roberts, who plays the Evil Queen. It is as colorful as the original cartoon version and includes a lot of comedy, mostly coming from the manservant Brighton (Nathan Lane), the dwarves and Prince Andrew (Hammer), who is drawn as a charming, pretty funny guy.
The style, the colors, the comedy all make this a fun, nearly family-oriented film. The romance is lovely and charming, with a Snow White with skills and agency, learning self-defence from the dwarves.
Snow White & The Huntsman is, on the other hand, a dark, violent fantasy with Theron as the Evil Queen, this time named Ravenna who is obsessed with her beauty as a tool to punish men. And Snow White has two beaux, Hemsworth as the Huntsman, a widower tortured by the death of his beloved wife, and William (Sam Claflin), her childhood pal grown up.
It is not a family film: Theron eats the raw hearts of birds and dips herself in milk for beauty. Ugh, but yeah, Charlize is gorgeous.
Both follow the original Grimm story faithfully, but the styles and the outcomes are so different. And, well, SW&TH has no Prince, although the Huntsman does wake SW with a kiss (good one, too!).
But I sort of miss this little girl.