Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Head to Head

(Mirror Mirror vs. Snow White and The Huntsman)

Two of Hollywood’s top movie studios it seems we’re on a deadlock just over a year ago; however, their executive producers gave it a go anyways despite the potential risk of one outdoing the other. Universal Studios boldly re-imagined the classic fairytale of Snow White with their version called Snow White and the Huntsman (May 30, 2012), while Relativity Media gambled with their own version of the fairest wonder and they called their movie Mirror Mirror, which is coined from the evil queen’s famous line when she summoned her magic mirror on the wall, which was also released a month earlier than Universal’s film of the same theme.

“Mirror Mirror” it seems was meant to be a funnier take on the retelling of Snow White and with Nathan Lane (Brighton) and the seven dwarfs of the forest performed their comedic roles in the film. Meanwhile “Snow White and the Huntsman” had a darker and serious storyline; it’s safe to say that it is 2 notches up the classic fairytale of the Grimm bothers back in 1812. But I’m sure you will love both films and it’s almost hard to imagine that both movies were telling the exact same story.

Cast and crew
(Snow White and the Huntsman)
The hottest and most controversial stars were pulled over to this side of the boat when it comes to the casting as Kristen Stewart (Twighlight, Zathura and The Runaways) and Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers and The Cabin in the Woods) take on the leading roles in this film. Charlize Theron (Ravenna) plays the evil step-mother Queen that took over the kingdom right after she murdered King Magnus (Noah Huntley). While newbie director Rupert Sanders is also very good at building up the characters in the film that fans can relate to them and get attached to. Writers John Lee Hancock, Hossein Amini and Evan Daugherty also did a good job with the screenplay, which contributed to the film’s success.

(Mirror Mirror)
Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer were cast to play the primary characters of the story and they’re not bad themselves, especially since they have a very interesting resume in their acting careers. Tarsem Singh best known for his work in “The Cell,” “The Fall,” and “Immortals” helmed the movie from the director’s seat. Writers Marc Klein, Jason Keller, Melisa Wallack, Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm made good with their collaboration to create a different view of the cheesy Snow White story. It was just odd seeing Lily Collins singing a nice song at the end of the movie where it had a Bollywood feel to it, but other than that the movie was okay.

Box office tallies
While I wouldn’t call them “block busters” both films did good in their R.O.I. (return on investment) and grossed to more than twice the amount it cost to make the movies. But when we talk about potential sequels for each film my money is on Universal’s work even though I do not think that either of these films needs a sequel.

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