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DVD Review: Mirror Mirror

June 26, 2012

Mirror Mirror – An Alliance Films’ Release

http://mirrormirrorfilm.com/

DVD Release Date: June 26th, 2012

Rated PG for mild violence

Running time: 106 minutes

Tarsem Singh Dhandwar (dir.)

Jason Keller (screenplay)

Marc Klein (screenplay)

Melisa Wallack (screen story)

Alan Menken (music)

Julia Roberts as The Queen

Lily Collins as Snow White

Armie Hammer as Prince Alcott

Nathan Lane as Brighton

Our reviews below:

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Mirror Mirror DVD Review By John C.

*1/2 (out of 4)

Directed with his usual visual flair by Tarsem Singh Dhandwar, Mirror Mirror is the first of two takes on the Snow White story to be released this year.  Escaping the clutches of the evil Queen (Julia Roberts), Snow (Lily Collins) flees to the magic forest and meets up with a band of seven thieving dwarves who are determined to steal from the castle to help those in need.  The trouble is that Snow White and the Queen both have their eye on the generally shirtless Prince Alcot (Armie Hammer), and it’s kind of hard for the audience to believe that one dimensional Lily Collins would be considered fairer than the beautiful Julia Roberts.

Although the intricate costume designs by the late Eiko Ishioka are predictably wonderful, Mirror Mirror is clearly for kids, and even they might find their attention wandering.  This is a candy coloured mess that is too silly and disjointed to be engaging for adults and far too overlong to be entertaining.  It even has an awkward Bollywood dance number over the credits that just feels out of place.  Although it is sometimes easy to admire the visual imagination on display, Mirror Mirror is a fairy tale that is dull in every other way.

The Blu-ray includes deleted scenes and a couple of featurettes.  The 3D package of the combo pack is kind of fun and a colouring book is also included for kids.

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Mirror Mirror DVD Review By Erin V.  

*1/2 (out of 4)

Mirror Mirror is the first Snow White adaptation that was released this year, (the other was the pretty good Snow White and the Huntsman from May, which is still in theatres).  Mirror Mirror is also the worse of the two.  By a long shot.

The problem with this disjointed take on the fairy tale starts with the ridiculously written script, that has adult jokes at times, but for the most part will be enjoyed by pretty much just the 6-12 range at best.  And seeing as that’s the case, perhaps it should have been barely 90 minutes, rather than 106.  The bottom line is Mirror Mirror can’t sustain itself.  And what is with Snow White apparently becoming one of the hardest characters for young actresses to nail?  Kristin Stewart played her almost with an apathetic look on her face that didn’t match her dialogue, and now, surprisingly, Lily Collins’ version annoyed me more.  Almost all of her lines is said with a sickly sweet voice that again doesn’t match her (in this case pretty bad) lines.  Is Snow White destined to always be a one-dimensional character?

Julia Roberts is fine as the Queen, and Armie Hammer must have had it in his contract to appear shirtless several times (which totally missed the mark considering that target audience won’t even be interested yet).  Overall, at times there are a few interesting visuals (in particular some of the costuming), but at others we get cheap-looking CGI that would have been ‘cool’ in the late-90s.  There is also a scene that will probably freak young kids out with creepy marionettes, but the climactic battle with the cheap-looking ‘beast’ borders on hilarious – especially with a ‘twist’ I won’t ruin in case for some odd reason you do decide to watch this.  Other than this twist, you can pretty much see everything in the trailer – including part of the needless Bollywood dance number from over the end credits.

The Blu-ray’s O-sleeve is pretty cool, but you can see that in the store.  There are special features on the disc as well, although after seeing the movie, how much more do you want to watch on the thing?  It will have its audience with the birthday party and sleepover crowd and that’s fine, but for the rest of us, this is one that can be easily skipped.

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Mirror Mirror DVD Review By Nicole

** (out of 4)

This year, two different Snow White films came out.  While Snow White and the Huntsman is for teens and adults, Mirror Mirror is strictly for children.  In this version, Snow White (Lily Collins) is a very sappy princess, who falls in love with Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer).  Trouble is, the “Evil” Queen (Julia Roberts) likes him too, so she makes him act like a dog with a puppy love potion.  Meanwhile, Snow White has run away and befriended several dwarves (actually played by little people), who help her and the prince defeat the “Evil Queen (who is more silly than sociopathic) and live sappily ever after.

While Mirror Mirror, with its bright, Bollywood-style colours and not so scary plotline will appeal to kids, there is nothing in this film that would appeal to anyone over 12.  Everything about the film is bad, from the acting to the script to the special effects.  And the Bollywood dance number at the end just doesn’t fit in this movie.  However, Mirror Mirror is a fine babysitter for young ones.

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Mirror Mirror DVD Review By Maureen

** (out of 4)

Grown ups watching Mirror Mirror will be forever grateful to late Japanese costume designer Eiko Ishioka for providing much needed colour and energy to an otherwise bland movie geared to 7-10 year olds.  Director Tarsem Singh’s retelling of the classic Snow White fairy tale is a mix of slapstick humour, cartoonish clichés and fortunately visually interesting costumes and set pieces.

On the plus side Julia Roberts carries the movie as the Evil Queen.  Her humorous take on the character kept me watching.  As for the other lead, Snow White, Lily Collins manages an alright performance, but nothing special.  Leading man Prince Alcot (Armie Hammer) does his best with the material given to him.  I wonder if he was required to attend puppy training classes to prepare for the role.  The band of thieving dwarves (little people) that rally around Snow White in the forest add some fun moments to the film.

Mirror Mirror will amuse audiences of a younger age or those longing for something childish.  The Blu-ray/DVD combo package is especially appealing the way it switches back and forth between Snow White and the Queen’s face.  It practically screams “buy me” from the shelves.  As a special bonus it includes a limited edition colouring book.  That in itself tells you who this movie is for.

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Mirror Mirror DVD Review By Tony

*1/2 (out of 4)

Mirror Mirror is a take on the Snow White tale that unfortunately suffers on most counts in comparison with the other recent version, Snow White and the Huntsman. It has traded the darker elements of the latter film for a script that is so inoffensive and silly that only kids will find it interesting, unlike good family films that should appeal to all ages. Directed by Tarsem Singh, Mirror Mirror has the colourful but shallow flashiness of Bollywood films including a typical dance number over the closing credits. Interestingly, though CGI and postproduction were largely outsourced to India, most of the action was actually filmed in Quebec. One outstanding feature was the whimsical wardrobe designed by the brilliant designer Eiko Ishioka to whose memory the film is appropriately dedicated.

Comparing the casts of the two Snow White films is a tossup. As the evil queen, both Julia Roberts here and Charlize Theron in Huntsman steal the show from the title character, underplayed, however prettily, by Lily Collins (Kristen Stewart in Huntsman). Leading man Armie Hammer is somewhat more inept here than his counterpart (Chris Hemsworth). Nathan Lane is a bit of a bonus as the queen’s servant. As for the dwarves, an arguable advantage is that real ones were used here, though their roles (with corresponding names) are as simply defined and one dimensional as those in the 1937 animated classic, unlike the distinguished British character actors largely used to better effect in Huntsman.

In summary, if your age runs to two digits or more, you can satisfy any Snow White cravings with Huntsman or Disney and should happily avoid Mirror Mirror.

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Consensus: Although the costumes by late Japenese designer Eiko Ishioka are wonderful, Mirror Mirror is a brightly coloured take on the Snow White fairy tale that fails to engage adults and is pretty much only for kids.  *3/4 (Out of 4)

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