Opening in theatres this Friday from director Tarsem Singh and Relativity Media comes a fairytale with a twist when you look into the “Mirror Mirror”.
This film tells the story of Snow White (Lily Collins) from the viewpoint of a very narcissistic Queen (Julia Roberts). After Snow’s father the King (Sean Bean) goes missing, the kingdom falls into ruins.
The Queen has spent all the kingdom’s money and needs to find a rich prince to marry. Coming through the dark woods looking for adventure is Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who comes across Snow White who is on her way to town to see how life has changed for the worst.
Back at the palace the Queen meets the Prince and decides she will do anything to get him to marry her, including getting rid of Snow White. Putting the task to her manservant Brighton (Nathan Lane), Snow White ends up in the woods with the dwarf men
Napoleon (Jordan Prentice), Half Pint (Mark Povinelli), Grub (Joe Gnoffo), Grimm (Danny Woodburn), Wolf (Sebastian Saraceno), Butcher (Martin Klebba) and Chuckles (Ronald Lee Clark).
Snow realizes that she must regain her father’s kingdom, stop the Queen, save the Prince and take on the beast – all with the help of her own private army.
FINAL WORD: Collins is lovely as Snow White and looks the part. She doesn’t have much to say the entire film and relies on the close ups of her long eyelashes and very lovely black hair – oh wait, its raven not black. Thank you Queen I stand corrected.
Hammer actually has some funny moments. Front and center is his ability to be in full puppy love mode. Adding the sounds of a whimpering dog are good at the beginning but his crying over his lost love is exactly what I would expect from a dog.
Roberts’s role of the Queen doesn’t have much bite – in truth I actually appreciated her mirror image more. It just felt as if she was annoyed with even being in the film – perhaps that was the point and I missed something somewhere, I doubt it.
The dwarf’s men were funny, courageous, and silly but the first to take on a fight. Lane is always a joy to watch and here he continues with the comedy he has become known for. I was also happy to see Bean as The King – he might as well get another crown, as you ‘Game of Thrones’ fans will know of what I speak about.
Other cast include: Robert Emms as Charles Renbock, Mare Winningham as Baker Margaret, Michael Lerner as Baron, and Sean Bean as The King.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Mirror, Mirror” two and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. There is just so much missing from this film that it’s hard to name it all. As much as I loved the cast – individually there were great moments but together it was all over the place.
The laughs were more like chuckles and the continual fly-overs of the kingdom is money probably better spent paying the writers more. The humor is actually over the heads of the children who seemed to make up a large part of the audience. With that boredom ensued and parents were busy entertaining the kids missing out on the movie.
In the end – the Snow White legend comes alive!