Mirror Mirror (2012)
Starring: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer
From the ever-increasing bookshelf of untold fairy tales comes 2012’s family film “Mirror Mirror” – the untold adventure of Snow White (Collins). The wicked queen (Roberts) is up to her usual antics, bullying her servants, putting Snow White in timeout, and consulting her magic mirror. This time around, her mirror informs the queen that it’s time for her to settle down and get married. Hoping to fill the void left by Snow White’s deceased father, the queen sets her sights upon a young, charming, and very rich young prince (Hammer). But a wrench is thrown into the works as the prince’s path gets crossed with our young heroine, creating an awkward love triangle and nearly throwing the kingdom into chaos as it prepares for the potential wedding of the century!
The Story: “Mirror Mirror” is a major role reversal, compared to the traditional Snow White story, which is a bit refreshing. For instance, the seven dwarfs are portrayed, not as miners, but as thieves, and Snow White ditches the role of the damsel in distress and becoming a headstrong leading lady. It’s not the age-old tale that has been told for decades, but that may not be entirely bad.
The Acting: The Salt Lake City DVD Examiner has never been a fan of Julia Roberts – and “Mirror Mirror” is no exception. Roberts is easily the worst thing about this movie (but, then again, you could have known that after watching a single commercial promoting this film). Her lifeless portrayal of the evil queen is downgraded yet further by her atrocious British accent. Nathan Lane provides some silly comic relief that is clearly aimed toward the show’s target audience, but he gets a few laughs. Collins gets progressively more likable as the film goes on and Hammer is solid as the happy-go-lucky prince. Though possibly unintentional, the real stars of this movie are the seven dwarfs, who provide non-stop chuckles almost every time they grace the screen with their presence. There are a few moments that are laugh-out-loud funny.
The Genre: It seems like every month there is a new live-action fairy tale movie coming out in theaters, which may deter many viewers from watching “Mirror Mirror.” Probably the least fortunate part about this movie is that it was released so close to its arch rival, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which likely caused many potential audiences to dismiss “Mirror Mirror” as a spoof.
“Mirror Mirror” was considered by many to be a box office flop. It clearly isn’t Julia Roberts’ best work. The acting is a bit juvenile and the humor is borderline-slapstick. Going into this movie with low expectations is probably the best thing any viewer could do. With an open mind, this film really isn’t as horrible as it looks on paper. Collins is surprisingly charming once you get past her ginormous eyebrows. As stated, the dwarfs breathe life into what would be an otherwise-mediocre motion picture. It’s a cute little movie that’s fun for kids and great for families and, believe it or not, may actually be worth your television’s time. You may also be interested in: “Enchanted” (2007), “Hook” (1991), “Sydney White” (2007)
DVD bonus features:
– Audio in English
– Subtitles in English, Spanish
– Four sneak peeks available, including a look at the “Mirror Mirror” soundtrack
– No other features available on rental version
Directed by: Tarsem Singh
Studio: Relativity Media
Running time: 106 minutes
MPAA rating: PG for “some fantasy action and mild rude humor”, also including mild violence against women
Costars Nathan Lane
DVD release date: June 26, 2012
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