Roberts the Fairest of All in Mirror Mirror
- Thursday, March 29, 2012
DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
Theatrical Release Date: March 30, 2012
Rating: PG (for some fantasy action and mild rude humor)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Run Time: 106 min.
Director: Tarsem Singh
Actors: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Sean Bean, Jordan Prentice, Mark Povinelli, Joe Gnoffo, Danny Woodburn, Sebastian Saraceno, Martin Klebba, Ronald Lee Clark
In case you didn’t get the memo, Snow White is officially on the comeback trail in 2012.
And while the fair-skinned heroine’s story is given a much edgier twist in TV’s Once Upon a Time and the forthcoming Snow White and the Huntsman, which is slated to officially kick off summer movie season on June 1, Mirror Mirror offers a far more lighthearted, comedic take on the fairy tale that appeals to a much wider audience.
Playing against type, Julia Roberts (Larry Crowne) is deliciously sinister as the queen who feels more than a little threatened by Snow White’s (Lily Collins, Abduction) youthful beauty. And since Collins is practically a dead ringer for Audrey Hepburn circa Roman Holiday, it’s not exactly surprising that she wants Snow banished from the kingdom in let’s just say, a more permanent fashion.
Never quite coming across as downright evil, the Queen’s pithy, often-sarcastic remarks are one of the film’s many joys. Always the schemer, the Queen now keeps her step-daughter locked up in the castle after the mysterious disappearance of Snow’s father, the noble King (Sean Bean, TV’s Game of Thrones). Naturally, this allows her to steal control of the Kingdom and look out for her own interests, rather than what’s best for the masses.
Sensing her fate isn’t about to change anytime soon, the now 18-year-old rightful ruler runs away in search of justice. After meeting a band of outlaws (yes, the seven dwarfs are no longer sleepy, sneezy or grumpy—they’re pint-sized assassins), Snow eventually bumps into the dreamy Prince of Valencia (a perfectly cast Armie Hammer, J. Edgar).
Once the Queen gets word of their meet-cute, however, she’s less than thrilled to say the least. Well, until she comes up with a genius plan of her own, namely to kill Snow White and marry the Prince herself since she’s basically squandered her once-considerable resources on various extravagances. Determined to woo him no matter what it takes, the Queen even resorts to implementing a love potion that goes horribly, horribly wrong (but ends up being one of the movie’s funniest moments).
Borrowing a page from Tim Burton’s unusual playbook in Alice in Wonderland, Mirror Mirror is a stunning feast for the eyes and a bit kooky to boot. From Roberts’ over-the-top costuming to the elaborate, eerie forest where the bulk of the action happens, it’s a world one can’t help being enthralled by. But before the story starts feeling a little too by the book, a few odd touches like the Queen’s unconventional spa day, complete with a soothing facial mask made from parrot droppings and a bee-stung pout courtesy of actual bees, give Mirror Mirror a unique flare.
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