By Joan Alperin Schwartz Mirror, mirror on the wall...Who's the fairest Of Us All?
The answer to that question, is definitely Miss Julia Roberts, who plays Snow White's (Lily Collins) evil stepmother/queen, in director Tarsem Singh's new film, 'Mirror Mirror'. Ms Roberts absolutely nails the part.
In fact, she is the only reason, to see this remake of the classic fairytale, but she is one good enough reason. I think this is one of her best performances in a long time.
For those of you not familiar with the story...Yes, it is possible...Snow White's daddy, the king (Sean Bean) disappeared one dark and stormy night...maybe it snowed, but in any case, he was never seen or heard from again...
The king's wife, aka the evil one, has been ruling the land ever since and, has all but destroyed the kingdom and its people.
You see, Miss Queenie is your basic narcissist...obssessed with her looks and size 2 figure. I'm sure we've all run into that type once or twice...
She's also verbally abusive to Snow, who really doesn't seemed all that bothered by it...until... Snow finds out that the Queen, has bled the people dry, by taxing them to the hilt. Hey, spider venom is expensive...and this Queen needs a ton of it.
Okay, so Snow, unbeknownst to the Queen, sneaks out of the palace and heads for town. Miss White wants to see for herself how bad things really are.
Well as fate would have it, Snow runs into...none other than...Prince Charming...(aren't they all).
And of course, she meets...The Seven Dwarfs...but they're no longer the seven little guys we've come to know and love. For some reason, they've been renamed...Gone are Happy, Dopey, Sleepy, Mopey...etc...They've been replaced by...Grimm, Napoleon, Pint-size, Butcher, Chuckles, Grub and Wolf...If you stay past the credits, you will find out why...
Does this new take on 'Snow White' work? Yes and no...Visually it's beautiful...Loved the sets and the costumes.
Armie Hammer as Prince Charming is...charming...Nathan Lane as Brighton, the Queen's punching bag man-servant is fine...Nathan does Nathan and that's always enjoyable.
Lily Collins (daughter of Phil) is slightly bland as Snow. I would have liked her to bring some quirkness to the part.
'Mirror Mirror' is a bit edgier and hipper but unfortunately it misses being a 'Shriek' or even a 'Princess Bridge'.
However, the film is still fun and at times funny. So if you have kids, are a kid, have a kid inside of you, then 'Mirror Mirror' which opens in theatres Friday, March 30, 2012, is the perfect movie to see this weekend.
I gave it 3 bagels out of 5 and John...the other half of 'Two Jews On Film' was, as usual, less generous. Check out our video to see John's take and let us know, who you think...is the fairest of us all.
*** out of **** "Mirror Mirror" is a simplistic, flawed screenplay saved by an abundance of good choices. For starters, Tarsem Singh (known professionally only as Tarsem) - the man behind such visual treats as "The Fall" and "The Cell" - is the director, and since he has a natural gift for lavish visuals that border on the surreal, putting him at the helm of a Snow White re-imagining was a good decision. Secondly, Tarsem seems to have made damn well sure that he got the best … more
MIRROR MIRROR Written by Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller Directed by Tarsem Singh Starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer The Queen: Snow must do what snow does best - fall. The story of “Snow White” is one of the most beloved of all time. The Brothers Grimm fairy tale, in which a beautiful, young princess becomes the focus of envy of an evil Queen, and is cast out of her kingdom, has not only endured for centuries, but has also heavily influenced … more
Star Rating: Mirror Mirror reinterprets the Snow White legend as a whimsical, lighthearted comedy appropriate for the whole family. Some will inevitably be turned off by this approach, but I found it to be quite pleasant and entertaining. It certainly is easy on the eyes; directed by Tarsem Singh, known for his beautifully offbeat visuals, the film is a triumph of art direction, set decoration, and costume design. The latter is especially prominent. All of the … more
Fun with good scripting and casting. This is what a fairy tale ought to be, with a touch of "ballroom" as well as an update to today's world of entertainment. Enjoy it even though I watched it through an iPad app for free!
My husband (creator of the cult classic films FACES OF DEATH) andmyself (actress/screenwriter) are ex New Yorkers, see alot of films and usually disagree. So our friends decided that we need a review … more
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