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Dissecting Trailers: “Snow White and the Huntsman”

Hello-de-ho! Almost since I’d heard Snow White and the Huntsman existed, I’d been excited about dissecting its trailer. And it is a doozy for sure.

Let’s watch!

0:00-0:05 – This has nothing to do with the movie, but do we really need to have the thing that says the trailer is suitable for all audiences? I know there are red band trailers which are certainly not suitable for all audiences, but shouldn’t “all audiences” just be taken as read at this point? Anyway, just a musing (not amusing).

0:05-0:10 – Nondescript rock score. Trailers are built from these.

0:11-0:13 – That bird just turned into a bunch of tiny birds. Probably the least necessary thing in all of nature.

0:14-0:18 – Sure, these are really pretty location shots which look suitably epic, but all I can focus on is the horrible English accent Charlize Theron is trying to do. She’s doing the RP version of Dick Van Dyke’s Cockney accent in Mary Poppins.

0:19-0:22 – Now I’ve seen the Disney Snow White several times, and I don’t ever remember a knight getting cut in half and turning into shards of something. Did I miss it? Was it right after they sing “Hi-Ho”?

0:23-0:35 – Youth-sucking is every queen’s favorite pastime… I’m really unhappy with that sentence.

0:36-0:37 – That’s nice that they cut to another example of the queen killing someone. I didn’t get the idea that she was evil yet.

0:37-0:40 – These are just unused shots from Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood.

0:40-0:42 – Jeez, doesn’t she know how much it costs to get crowns cleaned properly? What little regard for her own belongings.

0:43-0:45 – “From the Producers of Alice in Wonderland“… Oh. Oh no.

0:45-0:54 – Hard times for T-1000 has him moonlighting as a mirror. Poor guy, he had such a bright future. Also, I love the way Charlize Theron says “…of them oawl.” She’s from Britain by way of Schenectady.

0:55-1:01 – And it’s nice to see Kristen Stewart wandering through the forest. She’s branching out. Pun. In. Tended.

1:02-1:06 – That’s a particularly foggy swamp they filmed in. Everything looks so Middle Earthy; I keep expecting to see Gollum scuttling around.

1:06-1:07 – And there’s the fell beast from those movies too.

1:07-1:10 – Thor is The Huntsman. I know it won’t make sense, but just once I’d like The Huntsman to say “Jottenheim” and “Bifrost.”

1:11-1:13 – There are the Dwarves… okay, this really is just a Lord of the Rings ripoff. At least be subtle about it; They’re the same damn shots!

1:13-1:20 – Now what accent is he doing, exactly? They all sound like they’re doing the Eddie Izzard joke version of the actual dialects.

1:21-1:22 – A completely incongruous and out of context shot of her scream shattering a mirror. Did that one second shot really contribute anything to the trailer?

1:22-1:26 – This movie’s director must have fucked their copy of the extended Rings trilogy on a nightly basis while in production.

1:26-1:33 – I think it’s safe to say at this point that some liberties were taken with the source material.

1:33-1:36 – And of course, because it’s being made nowadays, the heroine has to don armor and fight with a huge army. You know, producers of Alice in Wonderland, that didn’t work all that well in Alice in Wonderland.

1:36-1:40 – So she turned into a flock of birds, but, according to the rules set up at the beginning of the trailer, shouldn’t she have turned into a flock of miniature Charlize Therons? Also, “A Flock of Miniature Charlize Therons” is the name of my third album.

1:40-1:53 – And the usual promo crap; however, I do find it hilarious that they’re going with SWATH as the official movie hashtag.

So, this movie looks incredibly derivative and entirely overwrought, but if they stick with the trailer’s theme of Kristen Stewart not speaking, I’ll be much more likely to see it.

A quick IMDb search tells me the director of Snow White and the Huntsman is a guy named Rupert Sanders, whose credits include Snow White and the Huntsman. End of list. Who the hell is this guy? It also has three credited writers. One guy wrote Drive, one guy writes direct-to-video Disney sequels, and one guy writes fuck-all. Very strange movie this looks to be. Guess we’ll have to wait until next summer to see to what degree it sucks.

Until next time, friends, the YouTube window is closed.

-Kanderson is the fairest one of all, hence his constantly being asked to referee and umpire things. Follow him on TWITTER


  1. To be fair, the T-1000 was silver, and this…whatever he is…is gold and limited to morphing to and from what appears to be a plate hanging on a wall.

  2. Lucy says:

    I was trying really hard to like this until you said the guy who wrote “Drive” co-wrote this. I’m done. That proves the trailer is made of the best parts and the rest will be an hour of STARING and twenty minutes of ultra-violence. Thanks, I will now avoid this like the plague. 😀

  3. -Di. says:

    Can you believe we live in a world that is giving us not one but two Snow White live action movies?

  4. alisaj29 says:

    Will NOT be watching this just for the pure fact that Kristin Stewart is in it., and playing Snow White of all charetures. I think I’ll watch Sci Fi channel’s Neverland.

  5. jacaphene beat me to it:

    You know Charlize Theron is from South Africa, right? If she’s got an accent, I doubt it’s fake.

  6. Anna Cruze says:

    Awesome. I was smiling through your entire breakdown of the trailer. Especially witty were: “Hard times for T-1000 has him moonlighting as a mirror. Poor guy, he had such a bright future,” “And it’s nice to see Kristen Stewart wandering through the forest. She’s branching out. Pun. In. Tended,” and “Thor is The Huntsman. I know it won’t make sense, but just once I’d like The Huntsman to say ‘Jottenheim’ and ‘Bifrost.'”

  7. ... says:

    …Her lips aren’t even red…

  8. jacaphene says:

    You know Charlize Theron is from South Africa, right? If she’s got an accent, I doubt it’s fake.

  9. Graham says:

    I like the mirror. Rest of it was summed up with “un-used shots from Robin Hood”

  10. Amanda says:

    Oh oh! Complete the set. The “Mirror, Mirror” trailer is rife with ridiculousness:

  11. EWSentinel says:

    Wait a minute… Isn’t this simply a cover for hot witch-on-princess lesbian porn action? To get to Sleeping Beauty’s heart the witch first has to deal with those breasts.

  12. J says:

    How did you get this gig? You’re not very funny.

  13. Sam Fryer says:

    I think the mirror took the queen literally when she said “fairest”, and thought she meant “palest”.

  14. Pat T says:

    how is it that two snow white movies are coming out at the same time? there’s one from Tarsem, “Mirror, Mirror” starring Julia Roberts…

  15. Clueless Neophyte says:

    @Amanda: Agreed. Now, if they’d said, “Who’s the GLUMMEST of them all?” Stewart wins that in a walk.

    @Heather: I, too, thought I detected a touch of emoting there. Really stretching herself, she is.

  16. Devin Smail says:

    I’m sorry, how is that the most unnecessary thing in nature? It’s called procreation, and I look forward to raising a hundred small versions of myself… Actually, I’ll probably just make em slaves or something.

  17. Joe C says:

    0:11 – It may be unnecessary in nature, but it’s very useful in Angry Birds.

  18. Hannah says:

    Eddie Izzard is amazing!

    ….didn’t care for the rest of the video…..

  19. Heather says:

    Stewart almost had a facial expression in that trailer.

  20. 2Ten says:

    This could be argued by me. Which will then be followed by public prosecution, Amanda. To be honest, I -do- find Kristen more attractive than Charlize, but… well, it’ll get me murdered! 😀

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  22. Amanda says:

    I think the most ridiculous thing about this trailer is that we’re supposed to believe that Kristin Stewart is more beautiful than Charlize Theron.