- Starring: Lily Collins (The Blind Side), Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network)
- Directed by: Tarsem Singh
- Synopsis: “A fresh and funny retelling of the Snow White legend, Mirror Mirror features breakout star Lily Collins (The Blind Side) as Snow White, a princess in exile, and Oscar®-winner Julia Roberts as the evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom. Seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical adventure comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over.” (Official Site)
- Rated: PG for fantasy action and light rude humor
The first of two Snow White themed tales to hit the big screen this year, director Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror is a visually fantastic adventure. Featuring the talent of Julia Roberts, Lily Collins (The Blind Side), Armie Hammer (The Social Network), and more, Mirror Mirror presents the classic traditional tale of Snow White in a not-so traditional fashion. It is easy to understand why director Singh took issue with the marketing for his film. Portrayed in previews and commercials as nothing more than a silly film geared towards children and loaded with parodies, Mirror Mirror is, in fact, so much more.
Staying true to his usual style of visually entrancing and captivating, director Singh brings a tale packed with tons of laughter for all ages. Mirror Mirror contains a fun level of entertainment and wonder to the whimsical world of Snow White. With a few twists and turns on this familiar tale, the new spin that Singh takes with his film keeps it highly entertaining and fun. From renaming the seven dwarfs with names that completely fit their personalities, to an ending that differs far from the Disney version that most are familiar with, Mirror Mirror packs several delightful differences that revive a fun story for a new generation.
Even with some great performances, such as Julia Roberts’ surprisingly fitting performance as the Evil Queen (She can’t do funny, but she can do evil.), Mirror Mirror will not reach the levels of popularity of its predecessors but still remains a great addition to the collection of lore. Titled Mirror Mirror there is very little about the famed glass in the film. With little explanation of certain events and situations, Mirror Mirror still puts emphasis on the beauty of the story altogether. A whimsical tale partnered with fantastic visuals and enjoyable characters, Mirror Mirror is full of delight and surprises which make the fable of Snow White a visual pleasure for a whole new generation.
While I applaud Tarsem Singh’s imaginative use of his creative license, it lends itself to some “unnecessities.” (Yes, I just now made up that word.) From characters who carry no importance (see Prince Alcott’s travelling companion) to a mirror of very little mention or regard, and such like, the film teases with thoughts of things other than the main story and just leads to inconsequential questions such as “Where’s the dude who’s supposed to come back with the soldiers…and the pants?” “How does the mirror work?” “Why does Julia Roberts’ reflection look all weird and emo’d out?” “Since when was the Queen a voodoo master?” etc.
The greatest amount of fun in this re-imagining of Snow White is with the newly named seven dwarfs…by far. Without them in the film, there would be little to no fun, little to no attachment to the story, and little to no excitement. They are much like the minions of Despicable Me.
I leave this very unique and visually intriguing film with a very rare score here on my page. I liked it better than Wrath of the Titans, however, it wasn’t as enjoyable as 21 Jump Street and you don’t have to rush out to go see it anytime soon. I will be curious to see how Snow White & the Huntsman fares in June.
Anyways, here ya go…
Score: 2.75 out of 5 stars for Mirror Mirror
Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer