Snow White Gets a Facelift in Mirror Mirror
- Wednesday, March 28, 2012
In the early 1980s, a strong woman could “bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan,” as noted by the popular Enjoli women's fragrance commercial from that era. Today, she can also “save her man” as seen in Mirror Mirror, the new family-friendly film adaptation of the classic Snow White fairy tale.
Make no mistake—this isn’t your delicate Disney princess yarn of yore. But while the centuries-old fable has indeed been remixed with a little twenty-first century “girl power,” the surprising twist is that it’s not heavy-handed and is portrayed in a very light and comical way to entertain audiences of all ages.
Snow, as she is now called in the live-action retelling from director Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell), is brought to life by the luminous Lily Collins (The Blind Side) who adds both sweetness and spunk to the multi-faceted role.
The only daughter of the King (Sean Bean, TV's Missing), Snow has been groomed since a young princess to one day lead the kingdom in his stead. However, when he vanishes unexpectedly, his ruthless wife and Snow’s wicked step-mother the Queen (played charmingly, yet devilishly by Julia Roberts, Larry Crowne) seizes control and keeps her kindhearted step-daughter hidden away in the castle.
But not for long. Snow, whose innocence and goodness easily melts the hearts of the royal staff—including the Queen’s faithful-yet-bumbling servant Brighton (Nathan Lane, Astro Boy)—is now 18 and she’s ready to see what’s going on in the kingdom and the world around her. After sneaking out of the castle one day, she crosses paths with Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer, J. Edgar), a royal from Valencia who himself has left his home in search of adventure.
Eyelashes soon bat, repartee flies and hearts begin to flutter. But when the jealous Queen finds out, and proceeds to have her own designs on the handsome young prince, she banishes Snow forever from the castle to a nearby forest—where it just so happens that seven rebellious, yet kindhearted, dwarves also live.
With names much bigger than their bite (or height, for that matter), Butcher, Grimm, Half-Pint, Napoleon, Wolf, Chuckles and Grub soon take in Snow as one of their own. And if she’s going to live with them, that means she has to be one of them. Which in this adaptation means “bandits,” stealing from passing horse-drawn carriages and walking on some mighty tall stilts to intimidate the opposition. But Snow helps change their hearts and challenges them to use their skills for the good of the people. Trading her gown for some pantaloons, Snow is trained in all things combat, sword-play and self-defense—so that not only will she be like one of the dwarves, but one day she will be ready to take back her rightful place as heir to her father’s throne.
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