SNOW WHITE: The relatively unknown actress Lily Collins (daughter of Phil.) vs. K-Stew of Twilight fame. Now it's not that Stewart did a bad job or anything...she was surprisingly decent with what was given to her...but the problem was that not much was given to her. As a result, she was a far more blah character than everyone else in her film. Collins on the other hand was given real character development. You can see how she changes from an innocent, naive princess to a strong, determined woman willing to fight for her kingdom. Stewart on the other hand was already a warrior right from the get-go which is a bit unbelievable having been locked in a tower her whole life. I liked in Mirror Mirror the montage of her struggling to learn how to defend herself. Much more believable. Also lookswise I just felt like Collins much more embodied the role of Snow White. Stewart looked fine, but she just has a modern look about her....not the princess from a fairy tale look it takes to pull the role off. WINNER: Collins. Mirror Mirror
HENCHMAN: One of the ugliest, creepiest pumpkin pie haircutted freaks I've ever seen in my life (thanks for that one Dumb & Dumber) vs. Nathan Lane. One is almost the epitome of the word creeper and the other is great comic relief. Seriously Nathan Lane gets away with quite a few of my favorite lines in Mirror Mirror. ("She lived she died, there will be a buffet at 2!") Like the last category this one is really apples and oranges and both fit the movie they were in. However, unlike my queens, I prefer my henchmen humorous than outright villainous. therefore the WINNER: Nathan Lane. Mirror Mirror.
LOVE STORY: No contest here really. All Hemsworth and K-Stew shared was an unconscious kiss (only ONE kiss and she's passed out during it!?) and a few throwaway glances. Collins and Hammer had some really sweet moments and nice little chemistry. Not that Hemsworth and K-Stew couldn't have if the script would have allowed for it....but for some reason it really didn't. No confrontation after the lame unconscious kiss...no nothing. I could have done with even more moments between Collins and Hammer too, but what they did have was really nice and they made a cute little couple. WINNER: Collins and Hammer. Mirror Mirror
DWARVES & SNOW WHITE DYNAMIC: By the time the dwarves made their appearance in Snow White and the Huntsman I practically forgot there were even dwarves in the story! I think this was really detrimental to this aspect of the fairy tale and there was much more of a memorable rapport between Snow, the prince and the dwarves in Mirror Mirror as opposed to Snow White and the Huntsman. I really can only remember that there was some clairvoyant dwarf in Huntsman. Other than that I remember nothing. I guess they seemed enamored of K-Stew...but I don't think to the same intimate, friendly level that was seen in Mirror Mirror. This is also supported by the fact that I couldn't find any pics of K-Stew with the dwarfs on google..WINNER: Mirror Mirror
TONE: Again...apples and oranges. On the one hand we have silly, almost slapstick type humor in a fairy tale setting against the realism of the darkness of an evil ruler. Snow White and the Huntsman was definitely more on the Grimm side of fairytales in this one. Both were good for what they were, but for me humor does go a long way. So the edge to Mirror. WINNER: Mirror Mirror.
COSTUMES: This one is a toughie. I feel like ALL the costumes in Mirror are just top notch. From the Queen to Snow White to the extras everything looks pretty whimsical and fairytaley. In Huntsman it's a much different story. The Queen's wardrobe is breathtakingly exquisite and just downright incredible. Everything else? Pretty forgettable. So for ALL the costumes maybe Mirror, but JUST the Queen's? Huntsman. Therefore I say the entire category is just a draw. WINNER: Draw.
SET DESIGN: Both set designs here were really excellent for the tone each film was going for. Mirror Mirror felt more fairy tale land while Snow White and the Huntsman was definitely rooted more in reality. I really really liked the look of Huntsman and found it captivating, but since it's a fairy tale it's based on I'd rather see it look more like a fairy tale...so i give the slightest edge then to Mirror Mirror. WINNER: Mirror Mirror.
CASTLE: Okay is it weird I wanna take the castle from Snow White and the Huntsman and put it in the location where the castle from Mirror Mirror stood? I liked the pristine look of the castle in Mirror, but would prefer it look more like the classical castle of Snow White and the Huntsman. I do enjoy it's gritty look too which works for its movie...and I like how it lies on the beach. Kind of reminds me of Le Mount St. Michel. WINNER: I give the edge to Snow White and the Huntsman
FOREST: Haha okay this is a weird one I know and is a subdivision really of the set design, just like the castle category was... But this was one area that I really enjoyed of Snow White and the Huntsman. The creepy areas were terrifying and the magical areas were \wondrous. Mirror Mirror had a really hard time comparing to that and keeping up with that magic. WINNER: Snow White and the Huntsman
MIRROR: Both interpretations of the mirror were pretty darn wacky. In Mirror Mirror it was just an emotionless version of Julia Roberts talking back to herself. In Huntsman it was some...silvery being. Never was really clear on that. While the Mirror Mirror thing was interesting visually, I didn't really care for that interpretation at all. WINNER: Snow White and the Huntsman.
WEIRD/RANDOM/UNNECESSARY TAGENT... OR...ELEMENT THAT JUST TAKES YOU OUT OF THE MOVIE: Like I said, both movies had something that kept me out of it or kept me from completely being on-board. For Snow White and the Huntsman it's a sequence in the land of the fairies...that while beautiful (until you see the actual fairies...) feels completely thrown in and pointless when you think about it afterwards. With Mirror Mirror some of Julia Roberts communications with the mirror and actions resulting because of it are a bit weird, and the special effects near the end look just terrible. That really takes you out of it, even when the plot line that goes along with it is fine enough. WINNER: well there are no winners here. It's a draw.
LENGTH/PACING: In the beginning both flowed really well and were very entertaining and captivating. However I'm afraid I've lost most of my patience for medieval-esque battle scenes anymore....so Huntsman did lose a little of my interest near the end. Anytime I know there's a battle coming in a movie I get a little bored because I've seen it all before, and better in Lord of the Rings. It also doesn't help that it's about 20 minutes longer than the tightly edited Mirror Mirror. WINNER: Mirror Mirror.
STORY: Both films took their liberties with the familiar fairy tale...so which had a better take? Or rather which take was less offensive? haha. Snow White and the Huntsman gave an interesting backstory to the Queen and changed it so that Snow ends up with a huntsman rather than a prince. Mirror Mirror SPOILERS never has Snow going unconscious and has her free HIM from a spell with a kiss rather than the other way around. Also the dwarves here are thieves. But everything else seems pretty well the same to how most people think of the tale. WINNER: Draw. I thought the additions to Huntsman were interesting enough and didn't detract, and I had no problem with Mirror Mirror either.
ULTIMATE WINNER: I think it's obvious I slightly preferred Mirror Mirror as it claimed 11 categories to Huntsman's 7. I don't know, its brand of humor just completely worked for me and I thought it was a sweet little rendition of the tale and just fun...even if it isn't perfect. And it does have fairy tale written all over it. What WOULD be perfect?? The ULTIMATE version would have been this: Lily Collins as Snow White with Charlize Theron as her evil stepmother. Armie Hammer as the Prince and Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsman. Oh yeah....one hot love interest? TWO HOT LOVE INTERESTS?? The roles need not compete since one is a prince and one a huntsman...then she will just have to make the hardest choice anyone would ever have to make in the history of mankind (Sophie's Choice is nothin.) Sounds perfect to me :)
MUCH better love triangle. (K-Stew's third point to her triangle was pretty much forgettable. Oh yeah we're supposed to believe this guy goes up against Thor? Please.)