In this extended trailer for Universal's "Snow White and the Huntsman" (June 1), the epic fairy tale adaptation looks less edgy than we'd expected. This mythical action adventure is clearly targeted to a female PG-13 audience.
The classic story has been reworked: Snow White (Kristen Stewart) must save the world from the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron); both appear to have mythical powers. Snow White wears armor and has been trained in the art of combat by the huntsman ("Thor"'s Chris Hemsworth) who was sent to kill her. Sam Claflin plays this film's Prince Charming (Armie Hammer's role in rival "Mirror Mirror," which looks very twee and will beat "Huntsman" to the finish line on March 30, if not at the box office).
As ever, the Evil Queen is obsessed with maintaining her power by being more beautiful and youthful than everyone else, and Snow White poses a risk to that (she is "the one" and the "end to the darkness"). Will the film wind up a compelling commentary on our beauty-obsessed culture or a reinforcement of damaging values?
See the trailer below. Xfinity has an extended five minute first look here.