Well, that changed my mind significantly.
My wariness of and distaste toward the upcoming fantasy epic, Snow White and the Huntsman, isn’t exactly a well-kept secret. As with most properties, I’m put off at the idea that something as innocent as a children’s fairy tale needs to be doused in a grim and gritty sheen to be made more adult, and then sold to a mass audience using one of my least favorite leading ladies of the day. And yet here I am, more or less impressed and turned around on Rupert Sanders’ June blockbuster.
Largely, my turnabout stems from the look of the film. If the trailer’s any indication, we’re looking at a film that’s genuinely moody, tone-driven, and atmospheric, and not a product that simply takes the elements of the original story and darkens them with a broad brush for shock value. That’s something I can get behind. Of course, my original concerns might not be unfounded– I have to see the movie for myself to tell– but if they aren’t, then whoever cut this trailer did a really good job of making the film’s gothic and somber appearance seem organic while also making it clear that the bulk of the studio projected budget (a paltry $70 million) has been sunk into making the movie look really, really great. Can’t really deny that bit; the CGI effects creatures, particularly that large monster we’ve only seen in silhouette previously, look really well-rendered.
Plus, we’re finally given a reasonable introduction to both Hemsworth’s titular Huntsman and the Dwarves themselves. I understand wanting to bank on Kristen Stewart’s recognizable stardom, even if I don’t find her all that compelling as an actress, and there’s nothing wrong with capitalizing on the presence of Charlize Theron. But with the film’s source material and title comes an expectation that we get to meet both the seven Dwarves and Hemsworth himself well in advance of the film’s release. In short, it’s about time.
So what about the rest of you? Is this trailer convincing you that it might be worth your while to check out Snow White and the Huntsman when it hits theaters? Or are you still going to dodge it and wait for DVD?