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Mirror Mirror

A movie directed by Tarsem Singh

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Mirror, mirror, on the wall, is this movie any good at all?

  • Mar 30, 2012


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 the princess archetype we have come to adopt, for better or for worse. It is an imaginative story that includes mining dwarves, magic mirrors and a kiss so powerful it can break any spell. It is exemplary of what is considered classic and  Snow’s story is now ready to reach a new generation in MIRROR, MIRROR, a modern mess, I mean, interpretation, that seems determined to ensure future generations want nothing to do with this timeless tale.


Under the supposedly unique directorial vision of Tarsem Singh (IMMORTALS), MIRROR, MIRROR is a grand and elaborate affair. A castle sits upon a mountain ledge and is filled with thrones made of giant shells, unicorn shaped moldings and people as chess pieces, with majestic ships upon their heads instead of hats. The costume work is incredible (executed by the late Singh regular, Eiko Ishioka) and, like of all Singh’s work, the overall visual picture is certainly striking. Unfortunately, the visual style is not the only thing MIRROR, MIRROR shares in common with Singh’s past work. Singh has become, like Tim Burton, a go to director for outlandish visuals and, while his pictures are mostly dazzling, if not derivative of each other, he rarely spends any time on story and character development. It doesn’t matter how pretty the whole thing is when what’s happening isn’t at all compelling. Also, I don’t consider dwarves on stilts to be original, just ridiculous


MIRROR, MIRROR spends more time with the woman looking into the mirror, instead of the woman the mirror speaks of. With Julia Roberts playing The Queen, it isn’t at all surprising that the story revolves more around her antics than that of the original title character, played by fresh face, Lily Collins. Roberts certainly does seem to be enjoying herself a great deal, and despite her faux British accent dropping in and out at all times, it can be fairly entertaining to watch her be bad for a change. That said, I’m not sure Roberts playing a demanding Queen is that much of a stretch for her. Still, the cast itself make MIRROR, MIRROR a passable experience, one that will likely appeal more to children than their adult accompaniment. Passable is a far cry from timeless though.


PS. Parents, just do me one favour, please; if you do bring your kids to see this, please make sure they see Walt Disney’s SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES at some point. They should know what the story is actually supposed to be like.

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April 06, 2013
I absolutely agree with your comments. It was a terrible movie.
April 04, 2012
Great review
April 30, 2012
March 31, 2012
Well written!
April 30, 2012
April 30, 2012
You are welcome.
March 30, 2012
Yeah, once I learned this was directed by Tarsem Singh, all my hopes for it kinda went out the window then and there.
April 30, 2012
Yeah, he is not a great director. I don't even care for his supposedly imaginative visual style. He is just constantly repeating himself.
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review by . August 17, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
*** 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 …
review by . March 30, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
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            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, …
review by . March 31, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
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 …
Quick Tip by . September 16, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
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!
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