Film Review: Mirror Mirror

| 29 March , 2012 | 2 Replies

Directed by: Tarsem Singh
Starring: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins & Armie Harmer
Sassi’s Rating: 4/5

Based on the beloved fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mirror Mirror tells the story we’re familiar with –  but with a few delightful twists and turns.

The story begins with Snow White’s mother passing away and her father remarries, but then fails to return from a quest in the forest. Snow White finds herself in the ‘care’ of the evil Queen, whose sole aim is to enjoy life – whatever the cost.

Due to the Queen’s passion for everything decadent she has sent the town into a downward spiral, financially and emotionally. Snow White’s 18th birthday approaches and she takes it upon herself to venture outside the walls of the castle, despite the strict rules of the Queen forbidding her to ever do so. Upon seeing the heartbreaking state the town is in, Snow pledges to fix the situation…whatever the cost!

The adventures that Snow White consequently encounters make this new adaptation deliciously delightful!

Julia Roberts never fails to make a role her own and doesn’t disappoint in Mirror Mirror, playing the wickedly narcissistic Queen.

Newcomer Lily Collins is the perfect Snow White and when she first appears on screen you can’t be anything less than impressed. What also caught my attention was how incredibly innocent yet beautiful she looked in the costumes, seriously breathtaking!

In most fairytales, the Prince is handsome and brave, dashing and desirable, someone able to outwit the most cunning rivals. In Mirror Mirror, Armie Harmer (The Social Network) has made the character of Prince Alcott a combination of delectable and dopey!  But Armie makes it work.

Speaking of Dopey, you’re probably wondering…what about the mandatory Seven Dwarfs? Well, Dopey, Sneezy, Doc and their friends have taken a hiatus. Enter Napoleon, Half Pint, Grub, Grimm, Wolf, Butcher & Chuckles. All have their own stand-out  personalities, much like the original dwarfs.

Now the Queen wouldn’t be complete without an assistant and Nathan Lane ( of The Birdcage) camps it up as clumsy Brighton, who has a heart of gold but is terrified of the Queen.

As mentioned keep an eye out for the glamboyant costumes by Eiko Ishioka – who  incidentally  is the most acclaimed designer in Japan. (The detail of all the costumes is a huge bonus.)   The  make-up throughout the film is brilliant! Especially when the Queen faces her reality upon realising who the fairest of them all is! (I won’t say any more to avoid spoiling the ending!)

Mirror Mirror provides plenty of laughs and thrills, for young and old alike. Any primary school age movie goer will enjoy this – girls for the romance, boys for the action. So, over the Easter break, make sure a trip to the cinema to see Mirror Mirror is at the top of your list.

Mirror Mirror is in cinemas now.


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