Movie Review: Mirror Mirror (2012)
Everybody knows the story of Snow White so I wasn't expecting to be surprised, however I was pleasantly surprised by this action-packed but frothy adaptation.
The movie starts out with a narration from The Evil Queen, played by Julia Roberts. The beginning retells the traditional story of Snow White (Lily Collins) ending with the good King disappearing and Snow White left to grow up in the cold clutches of The Evil Queen. Fast forward ten years later and we find that The Evil Queen keeps Snow White to her bedroom, plays chess with live lords and ladies, and the kingdom has become cold and snowy all the time (no global warming here!). In the meantime, Prince Alcott, is wandering around in the woods looking for adventure, woods that are rumored to have a man-eating creature. However, he finds adventure in the form of a band of thieves consisting of seven ridiculously acrobatic dwarves who rob him of his clothes and left him and his assistant hanging by their feet. Meanwhile, Snow White steals away from the castle, on the advice of the cook, so that she can find out what has happened to her subjects under the rule of The Evil Queen. She finds the unfortunate Prince and cuts him down from the tree then continues on her mission. Of course, there is a frisson of attraction between the two. Prince Alcott presents himself to The Evil Queen to ask for some clothes; she finds out that he comes from a wealthy kingdom and plots to marry him for his riches. The scheming cougar announces that there will be a ball in honor of the Prince. Snow White crashes the ball to ask the Prince to help her free her suffering people from the clutches of The Evil Queen.
The Prince and Snow White meet, but she is found out and the Queen sends her long-suffering courtier, Brighton, played by Nathan Lane, to kill her in the woods. Of course, Brighton can't bring himself to kill Snow White because of his loyalty to his king, and tells Snow White to run away and never come back to the kingdom. Snow White runs but hits her head on a low-hanging branch and the next thing she knows, she is under the care of seven dwarves. From there, Snow White and the dwarves find that they can help each other and together set off on a mission to relieve the suffering of her subjects. Believing that Snow White is dead, The Evil Queen bewitches Prince Alcott and announces the wedding. Hearing the news, Snow White and the dwarves attempt to stop the wedding between The Evil Queen and Prince Alcott. It is not long before Snow White, Prince Alcott, and the dwarves work together to overthrow The Evil Queen. The end is never in doubt but the variation in the traditional story keeps your attention to the end where you are treated to a Bollywood-style music-and-dance ending.
Julia Roberts does a fairly good job as The Evil Queen, she seems to enjoy her wickedness although her accent does not remain consistent. Nathan Lane is of course, good at his role, but it is a role that he has played before and he brings nothing new. Newcomer Lily Collins and Armie Hamer, who plays the Prince, are okay but the roles are really not a challenge to play. The movie provides 100 minutes of escapist experience. Enjoy the costumes, the cute jokes, the funny situations that can be found in the movie but don't expect anything more than that. It's a good, clean family movie, bring the kids. Director Tartem Singh keeps the story moving so that there are not too many slow moments.
Mirror Mirror has Some Great Costumes
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