By Vincent P. Rodgers
“Mirror Mirror” is a creative retelling of the classic fairytale, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.” On her eighteenth birthday, Snow White works up the courage to sneak out of her confinement in the castle, and go exploring the surrounding kingdom.
During her exploration of the kingdom’s woods, she crosses paths with the charming young prince from the neighboring kingdom. However, the Queen also takes in interest in him, and wants to make him her king. Snow White, with help from her new friends in the dwarves, must then win back the affections of the young Prince, and take back her father’s kingdom from the rule of the Queen.
Director Tarsem Singh brings his own creative vision, as well as a touch of Indian influence, especially with the closing Bollywood-esque song, that plays during the credits. However, despite the movie’s efforts to produce it’s own unique style, only time will tell as to whether or not this installment in the fairytale flicks will make its mark amongst the others. With “Snow White and the Huntsman” being released only two months from now, I’m afraid that it will be easy to get the two movies confused, not to mention all the others that have felt rather similar to it, such as 2004’s “Ella Enchanted” and 2007’s “Enchanted.”
“Mirror Mirror” still dishes up lots of laughs, and remains consistently funny throughout the entire film. Strong performances from Oscar-winner Julia Roberts and new comers Lilly Collins (Abduction) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network) also serve to make the film an engaging experience that’s fun for the entire family. The advance screening that I attended had a wide spectrum of ages and the humor was more witty than some of the more potty-based jokes in the “Shrek” films. The film’s enjoyable, but probably not as memorable as past fairytale efforts, therefore, I’m going to give this film a 7/10.