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Mirror Mirror Reviews

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September 29, 2016
better than malificent and snow white and the huntsmen
August 8, 2016
Very contrived, but points for (some) visual creativity.
Super Reviewer
July 19, 2016
Julia Roberts seems to be having a lot of fun in this amusing satire that plays with fairy tale clichés - a feminist take on the classic story full of witty dialogue and with a solid script much more inspired than Snow White and the Huntsman, even if not remarkable either.
June 29, 2016
Much better than I thought it would be. Love Julia Roberts in this. Great take on the fairy tale.
Super Reviewer
May 30, 2016
The best version of this familiar tale floating around in cinematic circles, helmed by Julia Roberts with a light touch and ably seconded by Nathan Lane's best performance ever. All the familiar ingredients are presented in a fresh way and generally speaking it's a fun time at the fairy castle of ye olden days.
April 28, 2016
this movie was terrible
April 18, 2016
Fun film for the entire family.
½ April 2, 2016
Beautiful costume and set design, with a cute romance. I enjoyed this more than the other snow white adaptions, including the disney animated one.
½ March 31, 2016
It has some funny moments with good visuals, but the story falls flat
½ March 12, 2016
Don't wast your time on this one. And maybe stay away from Snow White things...They couldn't amaze you...
½ March 1, 2016
Mirror Mirror on the wall, which is the fairest snow white tale of 2012? With three films and two television shows in the pipeline based on this one fairytale alone, how much poetic license is too much for one calendar year?

After the death of his wife during childbirth, The King (Sean Bean) takes to the job of raising his daughter Snow White (Lily Collins) in their glorious and genuinely cheerful kingdom. As his daughter grows, the king realizes there are some things only a mother can teach and finds a new bride in Queen Clementianna (Julia Roberts).

One night the king mysteriously disappears from the woods, apparently falling victim to a vicious beast who lives within and the Queen steals control of the kingdom. Running it into the ground financially and destroying its citizen's zest for life, the beauty-obsessed wicked queen proceeds to incarcerate her step-daughter and limit the chance of her opposition.

Snow White is loved and cared for by the original castle staff, which on her 18th birthday encourages her to leave the castle and visit the village capital to see for herself the bankrupt state of the crumbing kingdom.

Whilst returning through the woods, she has a brief but intriguing encounter with Prince of Valencia (Armie Hammer). By chance, the prince later arrives at the castle in a semi-dressed state, capturing the attention of the queen for both his looks and his wallet.

Throwing a ball in an attempt to woe the prince, the queen is angered as Snow White makes an unwelcome appearance and manages to steal the prince' affections first. Ordering her manservant, Brighton (Nathan Lane) to dispose of Snow White and eliminate her threat by taking her out into the woods and leaving her for the beast.

Soft at heart and petrified of the woods, Brighton runs back to the castle without doing the deed, leaving Snow White to fend for herself. The beautiful and generous girl is not alone long however, as a band of seven thieving dwarfs apprehensively offer her food, shelter and fighting training.

Quickly learning valuable life lessons from each other, Snow White and the Dwarfs agree that the kingdom cannot continue as is, and something must be done, but what exactly? And who will help them?

Funny and charming, with spectacular production design and stunning costumes, Mirror Mirror seems to have lost the idea of exactly who its target audience is. From the high gloss picture-castle, the dark mysterious woods and the unique secluded paradise location set beyond the shimmer of the magic mirror, this recreation of one of the most classic fairy tales seems a little too contrived and puppeteered.

Director Tarsem Singh has augmented the story trying to allow it to straddle the mystical world whilst meeting modern sensibilities and political correct restrictions. In some instances this is fun and interesting, like the Queen's wrinkle-free reflection in her mirror and the renegade Dwarfs appear as giants towering above people on black accordion like stilts however in others it is left lacking as to many original elements are missing and the bizarre final bollywood style musical number is completely out of place.

Roberts is wonderful in this role, embodying the domineering and shallow style character whilst bringing her own warmth. Collins is a little flat, merely a cardboard version of the character, whilst Hammer does goofy as well as could be expected. The standout characterizations here are the seven dwarfs, each with its own new name; all the actors manage to add a few layers of depth during their limited screen time.

The Verdict: The scripts cynical, tongue-in-cheek tone nicely counters the unsubtle sledge-hammer positive reinforcement themes of goodness and true love.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 06/04/2012
February 22, 2016
loved this movie I would watch it again and again.
½ February 16, 2016
Was this movie a joke? Because it sure as hell felt like it. I didn't know Julia Roberts had hit rock bottom...
February 6, 2016
Loved it, its a fun light watch. A little weird and quirky but with good acting and characters and a fun story.
January 30, 2016
Julia Roberts did a great job being the evil queen she was very sarcastic to her own people and two other people she made A rude statement that I found funny. The queen said to snow white it is important to know when you have been beaten. It was a good movie to see in the theater. There were funny scenes in this movie that I think people will be laughing at like when the prince stood not have a Shirt on to see the queen. Or when the queen uses a spell to have the Prince fall in love wit her and the spell was puppy love and then the prince starts acting like a dog. So I know that I found this movie to be entertaining and funny moments! So give it a try
Julia Roberts is a great actress to see her in this movie
I like the song at the end of this movie a good song called I believe in love
½ December 27, 2015
Bollywood hate for western culture. Like the Beatles, an opening to evil.
½ November 7, 2015
Cutesy kids movie, has a few laughs
October 24, 2015
Amusing in places but overall, it tries too hard and, like a lot of the cast, falls short of its goal.
The dwarves were good but the rest of the film was shite.
Super Reviewer
October 19, 2015
shave the monobrow before it takes over your whole face lily collins! the whole thing is relying on julia roberts to carry it!! one decent actor can only do so much though!!! positives being some funny moments and visually interesting but nowhere close to tarsems the fall! as far as the story goes the book was totally thrown away!
October 10, 2015
This movie feels like a lavish play with it's awesome intricate and whimsical costumes plus stylized sets. I love Julia Roberts and Nathan Lane-they've got comedic chemisrty. It's a fun kids movie and for the young at heart. For those looking for gritty drama and social relevance, this movie is not for you. But if you want a lighthearted Family movie, bring out the popcorns :D
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