Starring Lily Collins, Julia Roberts & Armie Hammer
Directed by Tarsem Singh
The multiplexes all across the city of Toronto are filling up once more as the end of the work week brings the beginning of the latest cinematic offerings from Hollywood and beyond. Out today from our friends at Alliance Films is a yet another look at the classic Grimm Fairy Tale chronicling the story of Snow White. It’s time for “Mirror, Mirror”.
In “Mirror, Mirror” a wicked enchantress schemes and scrambles for control of a spirited orphan’s throne and the attention of a charming prince. When Snow White’s (Collins) beauty wins the heart of the prince (Hammer) that she desperately pursues, the Queen (Roberts) banishes her to the forest, where a ravening man-eating beast hungrily awaits. Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen.
To put it simply, “Mirror, Mirror” just didn’t work as it couldn’t decide if it was a sly self referential satire of fairy tales or a straight up revisionist tale and really it is neither. Despite Tarsem’s flair for the visual wonderment this entire story fell very flat, with almost no character development just telling the viewer that they are supposed to know the story, Tarsem couldn’t even amp up his visuals to even feign any kind of interest in the overall story. Even the kid audience that is it aiming for will feel like that it is pandering and a little lame. As versions of the Snow White story go, this barely even registers despite a handful of decent performances since it isn’t nearly as clever as it thinks it is.
As the Queen, Julia Roberts actually did have a fair amount of scene chewing fun with the role being as dastardly as she possible could as her vanity and greed drove the kingdom to desperation and Nathan Lane as her whipping boy was an adequate amount of fun, but as they got to ham it up everyone else was flat out boring. Lily Collins as Snow White certainly looks the part, but she was fairly drab and Armie Hammer as the noble Prince Alcott was some of the worst cinematic casting seen in quite sometimes and the less said about the 7 dwarfs the better since they really had no on screen charisma what so ever.
Despite a fun performance from Roberts; “Mirror, Mirror” was just really boring and Tarsem as a director needs to find a better script to marry his images too, but in this instance his film just felt slapped together and lazy.
1 out of 5 stars.
“Mirror, Mirror” is playing at theatres all across Toronto; click here for a list of show times near you.
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