FILM REVIEW: Mirror Mirror

As is the tradition in Hollywood certain stories always come in twos. Here is the more family friendly of the two Snow White tales. This one is directed by Tarsem who last year gave us Immortals.

One of the most beloved stories of all time is coming to life in the motion picture event for the whole family, Mirror Mirror. 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 comedy filled with jealousy, romance, and betrayal that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. The film also stars Armie Hammer (The Social Network) as the Prince, and Nathan Lane (The Birdcage) as the hapless and bungling servant to the Queen

The film starts off with a clever and visually stunning prologue that gives us the background of the tale and follows Snow White right up to just before her 18th birthday. It reminds me of the tale of the three brothers in Harry Potter but with more substance. This allows the viewer to get right up to speed before the titles have been completed and sets the mood for this Grimm fairy tale.

The cast is lead by Julia Roberts playing the Evil Queen who seems to be having way to0 much fun in the role but actually pulling it off. I am not a huge Roberts fan and I found this to be one of her more enjoyable roles. Supporting the Queen is Brighton played by Nathan Lane who gives a good but not great performance. The handsome Prince is brought to life by Armie Hammer, who is soon to be seen alongside Johnny Depp as the Lone Ranger. Hammer has the right look and charm for a prince and his comic timing seems to be spot on but yet seems just slight ill at ease in the role.This however does not stop him from being the Prince Charming we want to see.

Snow White needs her dwarfs and in this movie they really are and no CGI shrinking in sight. The gang are completely different in looks and personalities, bringing warmth to each role. Get these guys their own movie! Lastly we have Snow White herself brought to life by Lilly Collins. At first I was not impressed with Collins in the role until she let her hair down literally and in doing so brings fun, laughter, love and feistyness to the role which exemplifies what we love about Snow White.

Tarsem has taken some liberties with the tale and I am fine with this because it works. The new twist with the mirror is unique and has that Tarsem visual flair to it but this is by far the most mainstream movie he has done to date and I found it to be his most enjoyable. He uses a good mix of CGI and sets with good effect to bring you into the fairy tale.

The screenplay was a joy to watch with its tongue firmly in cheek and some great jokes for the whole family. Yes this is an updated version of the tale of Snow White but it is a fun one that will surely have lots of young girls dressing up and grabbing their plastic swords and helping the seven dwarfs.

Mirror Mirror on the wall which is the fairest Snow White movie of them all? My money is on this one for pure family fun!

GS Rating 3.5/5
GS Reporter: Montoya

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