Movie Review: Mirror Mirror

Movie Review: Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror


PG for some fantasy action and mild rude humor.
Genre: Romance, fantasy, adaptation, action, adventure, comedy.
Running Time: 1 hour 45 minutes

One of the most beloved stories of all time comes back to life in Mirror Mirror. This is a fresh re-telling of the Snow White legend and features Lily Collins as Snow White, a princess in exile. Of course Snow White is once again battling an evil Queen who ruthlessly rules her captured kingdom with magic filling the residents with fear. But, seven courageous rebel dwarfs join forces with Snow White as she fights to reclaim her birthright and win her Prince in this magical comedy filled with jealousy, romance and batrayal.

Who’s The Fairest Of Them All

While Mirror Mirror is based on the classic tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – we must give kudos for the fact that they stay away from the notable line – “Mirror mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all”. While there are a couple variations of the line and it is hinted at, those involved with this re-telling made sure Mirror Mirror would be different from the movie it’s based on.

From an acting standpoint – Julia Roberts and Nathan Lane are of course once again stand outs putting in wonderful performances as the Queen and Brighton. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen Julia Roberts in a role where she actually looks like she’s having fun. But that is indeed the case when it comes to her performance in the role of the Queen in Mirror Mirror. This Oscar-winning actress brings a lovable – while at the same time devious aspect – to the wicked Queen of Snow White’s kingdom that’s quite humorous.

For the young stars, Lily Collins first came onto the big screen movie scene in the Sandra Bullock blockbuster The Blind Side. As Snow White she’s much more seasoned, but at the same time sweet enough to pull off the character of Snow White. It’s always refreshing to see new talent able to hold their own on the big screen. She does not get lost in the background and even in scenes with many other characters, Collins knows how to be a team player and there seems to be a wonderful chemistry among all the actors she’s working with. Aside from Collins, Armie Hammer deserves a round of applause for his portrayal of Prince Alcott. Once again we have a somewhat newcomer to the big screen performing next to some rather large stars. While his performance is somewhat shakey in the beginning, he seems to adapt to the role and settles into a nice performance of his own.

The genius behind this movie  revolves around the delicate balance between keeping to the original Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs story while at the same time having enough differences to make you sit up and take notice. Make no mistake, Mirror Mirror is a retelling of the classic tale. However, there’s enough of the original here that keeps you wondering what might take place around the next corner. Be watching for the subtle differences as they are truly what makes Mirror Mirror a standout comedy.

As for the rating, with a PG rating this is a family-friendly movie. While the forest monster might be a little scary for real young crowd, just keep in mind this movie is PG not G.

Enjoy the show!

Dr. Rus

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