Release Date: March 30, 2012
Director: Tarsem Singh
Stars: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer
Runtime: 106 min
Tagline: One Bad Apple
An evil Queen (Julia Roberts) steals power of a kingdom and then hides the true fairest of them all, Snow White (Lily Collins), in the castle. That is until Snow is exiled and she must fight for her birthright with the help of seven resourceful dwarfs.
Out of so many remakes of a classic tale, this does not stand out. This is simply inferior to a fairly good Snow White adaptation, Snow White and the Huntsman.
Mirror Mirror remains in my mind as a boring experience made better by the stunning Lily Collins. It’s easy to believe that she’s the fairest in all the land. Roberts isn’t, especially those eerie mirror or old hag versions of her. The dwarfs are rather unappealing, with one being that little Yoda-looking nerd from The Benchwarmers. Armie Hammer is just okay, but he’s a star I don’t thoroughly enjoy. Hopefully, my opinion of him changes with next year’s The Lone Ranger.
Anyway, back to the movie in the judgement chair. The only other good thing about this film is the fresh idea it brings to the table. It’s the first adaptation to have the Prince be romantically interested in both Snow White and the Queen. For a film that only has two redeeming qualities, this is still branded a waste of time and effort.
In a nutshell: Mirror Mirror may offer a nice action experience for the kiddies, but they’re the only ones who will enjoy this. Granted, it’s tailored for them, but it should be bearable for the parents who have to take the little tykes. For anyone of an older audience who has seen the original 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will realize this is no worthy substitution.