I know I'm a tad bit late on this, but after recently watching Mirror Mirror, I couldn't help but make the juxtaposition between Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. First, let me start by saying that I didn't like any of the films. I considered Mirror Mirror to be a comic, but as the film went on, I just wanted it to end. Snow White and The Huntsman was draggy. Still, despite the differences of genre, I couldn't help but compare the two franchises while watching the former film. Here are my thoughts on the following.
Category: Fairest of Them All
Contenders: Lily Collins and Kirsten Stewart
Commentary: Both actresses portrayed the lead in different ways. Although circumstances were similar, both brought a different side of Snow into the field. Stewart showed Snow as a passionate fighter, whom led an army of soldiers to face off the evil queen, standing up for something she feared all throughout her life. Collins portrayed Snow as gentle yet feisty, also facing the queen's challenge on her. Although both Snows were fighters, Stewart's was more action-packed and stronger, while Collins version was really made as a GP sort of fight; it seemed rather weak and lost. Plus, Stewart didn't have help when she defeated the queen (although Hemsworth and the crew were fighting their own battle) unlike Collins, who has her prince and her dwarves in tow the entire fight.
Winner: Stewart. Although having her Bella moments, she was able to rise above her weak side to prevail for the kingdom.
Contenders: Julia Roberts and Charlize Theron
Commentary: The queens were one of my favorite characters. Although both evil, Roberts' queen was a comical queen, having magic but it doesn't exactly pass through her hands, but through the mirror itself. Theron, on the other hand, was powerful by herself; her magic mirror is simply an acknowledgment that she was powerful beyond reason. Her magic though, lies in the beauty of others.
Winner: Theron. Not only did she play the evil queen down pat, it was easier for her to use her magic, unlike Roberts who still has to argue with her reflection.
Category: The One True Love
Contenders: Armie Hammer and Chris Hemsworth
Commentary: I didn't put K-Stew's prince here because as we see in the film, he is not the one true love. Both Hemsworth and Hammer were enjoyable and were a different love interest to Snow. Hemsworth was the wounded fellow, who chooses Snow's side when his reward deemed to be the impossible. He acted as her mentor and her rescuer, helping Snow build the confidence she needed to fight the queen. Although their love story was predictable, it wasn't the focus, but of her taking over the kingdom. Hammer started as a likable man who kept his end of the comic charade. Even when he was under the spell, he was entertaining. However, his obsession/love for Snow was a bit exaggerated (acceptable in the beginning) towards the end.
Winner: Hemsworth. Need I say anymore?
Category: Bravest Souls
Contenders: Danny Woodburn, Martin Klebba, Sebastian Saraceno, Jordan Prentice, Mark Povinelli, Joe Gnoffo, Ronald Lee Clark // Ian McShane, Bob Hoskins, Johnny Harris, Toby Jones, Eddie Marsan, Ray Winstone, Nick Frost, Brian Gleeson
Commentary: The dwarfs played rescuers to Snow White by allowing her to stay with them. Both sets of dwarves were portrayed differently. Although both fighters, the dwarves in Mirror Mirror played a more significant role in the story, unlike the dwarves of Snow White and the Huntsman. Both sets are crafty though!
Winner: Woodburn, Klebba, Saraceno, Prentice, Povinelli, Gnoffo, Clark
Category: The Need for a Plot (Because Four Doesn't Seem Right)
Commentary: Similar plot. Palace suffering in poverty, queen overtaken with power and magic, Snow White needed to overthrow the queen. Both are presented in an action sequence and a comedy sequence, resulting differently. Very different. I read the summary of the original Snow White story and neither were near to the plot. It was more nearer to the animated movie, with a twist of their own.
Winner: Tie, sort of. With both adaptations having their own flaws, it just all boils down to execution.
Overall Winner: Snow White and the Huntsman. What do you think?