‘Mirror Mirror’ Review: Visually Stunning with Surprising Humor

Posted in Film, Reviews by - March 29, 2012
‘Mirror Mirror’ Review: Visually Stunning with Surprising Humor

“Who are you wearing?!?” That’s the question I kept wanting to ask Julia Roberts and Lily Collins (daughter of pop icon Phil Collins) while watching this film. The costumes and visuals in Mirror Mirror are so visually stunning, the fairy-tale story of Snow White came to life in a way we’ve never seen it before.

Director Tarsem Singh (The Cell and Immortals) has a true talent for visually translating the beautiful landscapes he creates in his mind on to the big screen. I was amazed at the beauty of the film and shocked by the unbelievably intricate costumes, designed by Eiko Ishioka.

Ishioka, the late Oscar-winning costume designer, designed for Francis Ford Coppola’s Dracula, and Singh’s The Fall, The Cell and Immortals. The costumes alone are a work of art and if I had to base my rating strictly off that, I would give the film 5 stars.

I must admit, the trailers for Mirror Mirror weren’t the best and despite the fact that I love fairy-tales, I wasn’t that excited for this movie because it just looked like another Grimm tale that Hollywood was going to mess up. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed, laughed and sighed at this twisted tale of Snow White.

Mirror Mirror is of course, based on the classic tale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The Evil Queen (Julia Roberts) is trying to get rid of her stepdaughter and next heir to the thrown, Snow White (Lily Collins). With the help of seven dwarfs, Snow must overthrow the Queen to get her kingdom back and capture the heart of the Prince (Armie Hammer).

Brighton, (played perfectly by Nathan Lane) is the Queen’s faithful and humble servant who is ordered to take Snow into the Dark Forest and finish her off. I was just waiting for him to break into song and dance, but a girl can’t have everything I guess!

Although Julia Roberts delivered a rock-star performance, Armie Hammer displayed genuine charm and Nathan Lane exceeds comedic genius, the most surprising and fun characters of Mirror Mirror had to be the seven dwarves: Napoleon, Half Pint, Grub, Grimm, Wolf, Butcher and Chuckles added comedic relief and spunk to the fairy-tale turned movie. I was laughing the hardest when they were on-screen and you probably will too.

Singh’s unique direction and spectacular landscapes separate the age-old story from other Snow White film adaptations. But on the flip side, Mirror Mirror is a bit long, a bit overdone and a bit of the Evil Queen crossing paths with The Devil Wears Prada’s Miranda Priestly, which no actress should try and top.

Also, everyone needs to stop hating on Collins’ eyebrows, they’re her thing and they’re just fabulous.

Kevin McCarthy of CBS Radio and Fox 5, interviewed Julia Roberts, Lily Collins and Armie Hammer. And yes, it is possible to love Armie Hammer even more after this interview:

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