When The Lord of the Rings trilogy hit theaters and became a money-making juggernaut at the beginning of the last decade, a rash of fantasy epics soon followed, trying to ride the coattails. None of them were really up to the task of cashing in on the Rings craze though, unless you count Harry Potter, which was going on at the same time and was mostly its own thing. These days, HBO has a popular show called Game of Thrones, which is also based off of a series of fantasy novels and, at first glance, looks a lot like The Lord of the Rings, and the Lord of the Rings prequel The Hobbit is on its way as well, so it’s looking like we might see another fantasy epic craze hit theaters soon. If that’s the case, then Snow White and the Huntsman is the first of the bunch.

This movie isn’t just part of a potential spate of fantasy movies though, it’s also one of a number of Snow White movies that will be hitting theaters in the coming years. And it has the honor of being the first out of that group. So, when all is said and done, what will this film be remembered as? Another attempted Lord of the Rings copycat or the creator of the Snow White craze? After seeing the first trailer for the film, I would guess copycat. If you listen to the dialogue, you can tell that this is a telling of the Snow White myth for sure, but if you hit mute on this thing and showed it to a layman, he’d be much more inclined to believe you that this is the latest Lord of the Rings movie.

Watch the trailer in HD over at Apple.

There are epic battles, an evil sorceress plotting alone in a tower, single file lines of men walking across picturesque mountains, burly men with beards instead of handsome princes, ancient swords shattering mystical artifacts, a dark color palette, walking tree creatures; heck, the only clue you have to tell you that this isn’t a Lord of the Rings movie is the inclusion of Kristen Stewart doing a variation on her sad, pale girl routine.

That said, it also looks like this is the biggest budget and most professional presentation of any of the Lord of the Rings pretenders that I’ve seen. The fantasy epic is a fun genre if it stays loose, fun, and full of action instead of getting too bogged down in its own mythology and world building, and it looks like the Snow White story is a perfect framework to tell a rather simple tale that also allows for swords and sorcery and probably some burly mountain man on tiny pale girl romance. This could be a fun watch. And with the inclusion of Chris Hemsworth, this movie is already the ultimate Bella meets Thor fan fiction, that means it might bring both teenage girls and teenage boys into the theaters in droves.

Snow White and the Huntsman will open on June 1, 2012.


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