Mirror Mirror (2012)





Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Mare Winningham, Michael Lerner, Sean Bean, Danny Woodburn, Martin Klebba, Sebastian Saraceno, Jordan Prentice, Mark Povinelli, Joe Gnoffo, Ronald Lee Clark, Lisa Roberts Gillan, Robert Emms, Alex Ivanovici, Frank Welker


After a beloved King vanishes, his ruthless wife (Julia Roberts) seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White (Lily Collins), hidden away in the palace. But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince (Armie Hammer), the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest. Taken in by a band of rebellious but kindhearted dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to save her country from the Queen.


Magic mirror on the wall, which is the worst fairy tale movie in the world? Of course this one, Majesty.

Tedious, tedious, and tedious, Mirror Mirror doesn't work neither as a comedy nor as a drama, failing both in being funny and dramatic. It rather feels like a parody gone bad.

The beautiful fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm that we all know and love brought to the screen for the first time by Walt Disney has been completely destroyed firstly by the writers and secondly by the director, who thought it was appropriate to make a film out of that crap.

If on one hand, the idea of repropose a story in a different way is not original, it still stimulates the audience's interest. Unfortunately, the story is really bad in here, and Snow White doesn't really help. The character is just so not sympathetic, you'll probably end up rooting for the Queen, and she is not that great either. For some unknown reasons, Armie Hammer is constantly shirtless. Not to mention the horrendous Bollywood musical scene that FINALLY ends the film. The dwarfs, which are now robbers because apparently being miners is too mainstream, easily steal the show, and you may find yourself smiling a few times thank to them. I said smile not laughing. Not even the extraordinary costumes by Eiko Ishioka can save the film from the abyss.

Having her carrier sinking like the Titanic, Julia Roberts fails in being an effective villain. She is not intimidating at all. Lily Collins, blasphemously compared by some critics to Audrey Hepburn, may be pretty and graceful, but she delivers a flat performance - the script surely didn't help there. Armie Hammer is nothing more than a man-object, annoying and ridiculous besides. 

1 comment :

  1. I have seen this movie and went to the cinema to go and watch it. I have to say I was rather disappointed as well. The whole film was a lot more childish than I had assumed it would be, the acting wasn't so good and well, I didn't feel invested at all. You're not alone in this opinion.