Director Tarsem Singh’s eye for eccentric fantasy landscapes cannot save “Mirror Mirror” from a screenplay that treats its source material with extreme disrespect.
The first of two motion pictures based on the classic “Snow White” fairy tale set for release this year is one bad apple – which, coincidentally, is one of the phrases that Relativity Media chose to use on the movie’s marketing materials. It is the kind of average adaptation that one might have expected during the 90’s but hoped that Hollywood had since put behind it.
In “Mirror Mirror,” which opens today at movie theaters throughout the Valley, Lily Collins plays an exiled princess who, saved from death by a band of seven diminutive highway robbers, vows to win back her kingdom from an evil queen (Julia Roberts). Armie Hammer plays a prince while Nathan Lane portrays the aforementioned queen’s right-hand man.
As anyone familiar with the fairy tale can see, all of the source story’s elements are in play – including the seven dwarfs. However, the modifications made by screenwriters Melisa Wallack and Jason Keller to said source story are direct insults to not only the viewer’s beloved childhood memories but also to Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm themselves.
“Mirror Mirror” comes across as completely unnecessary as it uses camp and political correctness as means to make the movie relevant and new whereas it is really just an uninspired rehash. There are still 2 months to go until “Snow White and the Huntsman” hits theaters but, given the extent of this effort’s failure, the year’s second “Snow White” flick is much more likely to be crowned fairest of them all.
“Mirror Mirror” (PG – 106 minutes) opens today at movie theaters throughout the Valley. Visit FirstLook.com for specific showtimes and locations.