Once upon a time…tends to be the familiar line for any fairy tale. Nowadays is hard to believe in fantasy and the magical world that mostly everyone has either heard or read before. Director Tarsem Singh (‘Immortals’, ‘The Cell’) crafts a new version of ‘Snow White’ with ‘Mirror Mirror’ giving a modern and entertaining twist to the story and its characters.
Screenwriters Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller come up with a witty dialogue that is full of hilarious one-liners and unusual situations. In this version, Snow White (Lily Collins) is not waiting for his knight-in-shining armor to rescue her – even though she starts as timid princess by the end of the film she becomes a true heroine. Queen Clementianna (Julia Roberts) – the evil queen herein – is on the verge of madness in a world that reflects her own point of view and vanity. The contrast between these two main characters is well-developed throughout ‘Mirror Mirror’ allowing the audience to care, laugh and even scratch their heads from scene to scene.
The enchanting world in the film is meticulously beautiful too. Sing and company are able to create a vision that fits and complements the light and dark aspects of the material. The costumes and art direction are stunning – which adds to the brilliance of everyone’s characters. The cast also steps up to play along with the well-known fairy-tale and each of them delivers a satisfying performance.
‘Mirror Mirror’ might sound like the same ol’ tale but thankfully it is a film that everyone in the family will enjoy.