Mirror, Mirror

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In a loose adaption of the fairy tale Snow White, director Tarsem Singh shows the Grimm Brothers story from the queens point of view in the adventure-comedy, Mirror Mirror. In the latest version, the King disappears into the forest and the queen (Julia Roberts) plans to take over the kingdom, so she confines her stepdaughter Snow White (Lily Collins) to the castle. When Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) wanders into the kingdom the queen plans to give him a love potion and marry him for his money. (I’m still not sure how and why the Prince even stumbled into this story.) The Queen doesn’t want the Prince to fall in love with Snow White so she has her servant Brighton (Nathan Lane) take Snow White out to the forest to be eaten by the dragon. Brighton likes Snow White so he lets her go only to be found by 7 dwarfs on stilts who rob people from the castle. (Yes, you heard me correctly – 7 giant dwarfs.) Of course, Snow White helps the 7 highwaymen go straight and in return they help her enter the castle, team up with Prince Alcott, and vanquish the evil queen. This film had a couple fresh ideas, sporadic comedy and some great set pieces and costumes. Yes, my wife loves the costumes and Tarsem Singh did have a feast for the eyes. (Okay – no points in my book.) Julia Roberts can play any part well and has no trouble convincing the audience she is the evil queen without looking too wicked. (I heard somebody say this is the first time they ever saw the evil queen looking better than Snow White.) Nathan Lane stole every scene he was in and I also found myself looking forward to the next time the 7 dwarfs were on screen. That’s not good if the servant and dwarfs were the highlights in the story. Overall, most of the dialogue was kind of flat and the script was well, uninspiring and lame. I want to say this is a family movie but I don’t see anybody really wanting to see this film except girls between the ages of 7 and 11. This wasn’t a bad film, but thank goodness we don’t have to see the Snow White fairy tale too often. I forgot – not really but I’m trying to- adults will have to prepare themselves for “Snow White and the Huntsman” in just 2 months. (Talk about overkill.) I’m going to give this not too charming, not too magical film a C rating.

This movie has been given a PGrating by the MPAA

Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.