A family-friendly, comical twist on The Brothers Grimm adaptation of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Mirror Mirror begins with the evil Queen (Julia Roberts) narrating to viewers how she’s come to rule the kingdom and be left to look after Snow White, her deceased husband’s only child.
As the story goes, the Queen is exceptionally vain and clearly jealous of Snow’s youthful beauty. With the absence of her husband and her finances dwindled to mere pennies, she seeks out a young, rich, prince to solve her problems. (This gold-digger appropriately wears gold throughout the film.)
After bumping into Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) in the woods and then subsequently disobeying the Queen, Snow is ordered to be killed by the Queen’s right hand man. The Queen is also motivated by the fact that Alcott is smitten with Snow White and the Queen has very clear plans to marry him herself.
Coming upon a remote cave in the woods, Snow White discovers the seven thieving, stilt wearing dwarfs, although with names (Napoleon, Half Pint, Grub, Grimm, Wolf, Butcher, Chuckles) unlike their fairy tale counterparts. While Snow White helps the dwarfs, they in turn help train her to fight the Queen and encourage her to take back the kingdom, which is rightfully hers.
Perhaps it’s his statuesque 6’5” frame, a full foot taller than Lily Collins, or perhaps it’s her pre-pubescent looking eyebrows that threw me off, but Armie Hammer looked way older than Lily in the film, which made for a creepy feeling during the romance scenes. In reality, Armie is only 3 years her senior, whereas Julia Roberts is nearly 20 years senior to Armie. It was also weird how Snow seemed to vary between whimsical, innocent, girl and slightly sexy (gasp) lady. It’s as if they altered or reshot some scenes post-production after getting feedback that it wasn’t “PG” enough.
Prince Alcott is goofy in his own skin, the Queen is witty and tart, the Queen’s sidekick Brighton (Nathan Lane) walks on eggshells to appease his master, and the seven dwarfs are fun loving and comical (although their stilt getups are a little odd). Mirror Mirror is cute and funny; a solid family flick with fantastic costumes (except that Bjork-Black Swan atrocity to the left), a good message, and a charming prince indeed.
Interesting Film Fact:
Lily Collins admitted to auditioning for the role of Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, but lost out to Kristen Stewart. She of course won the role of Snow White in Mirror Mirror. Sam Claflin auditioned for the role of the Prince in Mirror Mirror but lost to Armie Hammer. He did win the role as the Prince in Snow White and the Huntsman, however.
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Colorado Connection: Armie Hammer will be in the upcoming film The Lone Ranger with Johnny Depp, some parts of which are being filmed in Colorado.
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