2012 Movie Reviews: Mirror Mirror

Okay, I know this one is a little late, but hey! I review em’ as I see em’. Just checked this one out of my local library. But first, a question. What happens when two movie companies have the same idea? 2oth Century Fox and Universal Pictures both were inspired by ‘Alice In Wonderland’ to remake the Disney classic ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves.’ But whereas Fox believed that the movies success lied in it’s imagery, Universal thought it was more of the action scenes. You could say that they made one ‘Snow White’ movie for the girls, and one for the boys. Now, I haven’t seen the other movie as of today, but just looking at this one, there’s no question who is the fairest of them all.

The Evil Queen (Julia Roberts) finds that she has wasted all of her money on fancy parties. She decides to marry The Prince (Armie Hammer), but he is already in love with her daughter Snow White (Lily Collins). Going into this film, you might expect it to be more similar to the Disney movie, but you would be surprised. This movie is ignoring the Disney movie altogether and trying to do an adaptation of the Brothers Grimm fairytale. And almost everything works.

I was stunned by this film. I thought it would just be an OK family movie, but it far surpassed my expectations. First of all, it’s funny. Almost every joke works, particularly the ones said by Nathan Lane as the queens butler. Second of all, the acting is wonderful. Julia Roberts may have taken up the majority of the advertising because of her egotistical Queen, but Lily Collins and Armie Hammer as Snow White and The Prince? Well, let’s just say that their chemistry is WAY more believable then the Disney version. Third, the art direction. Just watch that trailer again to see what I mean.

So is this movie for everyone? Not necessarily. I will say this- if you liked ‘Enchanted’, then you will LOVE this. A simple family movie, and one of the best in that category. See it to believe it.

****1/2

Oh, and that ending. Wow. In a good way.

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