Film Review: Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror is a visually sumptuous film. Tarsem Singh’s version of the Snow White fairy tale has enough substance to entertain audiences of all ages.

In charge of the kingdom, the Queen is jealous of the youth and beauty of her stepdaughter Snow White. She banishes the young princess to her room, eager to be seen as the fairest in all the land. When Snow White sees the outside world, she is convinced the Queen must be stopped. Snow White needs some help in her plan to reclaim her birthright…

Mirror Mirror is light in tone, which should enamour audiences. The film does not take itself too seriously, the campy feel hits the right balance been joviality and keeping the story engaging. The script is amusing, there is plenty of humour throughout the duration. Pacing is not as tight as it could be, however.

Although it retains the general plot, Mirror Mirror updates the Snow White fairy tale. Singh’s adaptation is somewhat more modern than the Disney version at least. There is a greater emphasis on the power and responsibility of Snow White; she is not quite the passive princess of previous incarnations. There is also more of an accentuation on the importance of working together, which is surely a good message for younger viewers.

Everything about Mirror Mirror is pleasing to the eye. The film features a highly stylised look, something of a trait the director. The art design, costumes, sets and effects are quintessential fantasy in their removal from reality. Colour is used extremely well in the film, particularly in the costumes of Snow White and the Queen.

Julia Roberts is a little irritating as the Queen. The actress had obviously been told to ham it up. Lily Collins is a delight as Snow White, looking every inch the part. Armie Hammer takes to light comedy surprisingly well as Prince Alcott. Nathan Lane provides good support as Brighton.

Mirror Mirror should prove to be enjoyable viewing for both family audiences and those looking for a light and amusing distraction.

Trailer Round-Up

Last week was a slow week for trailers, so I decided to carry any forward to this week’s round-up. Despite the teasers for the Prometheus trailer, it is not being unveiled until Sunday. But this week with have the first trailer for Dark Shadows, a new Battleship trailer, Now is Good and a new Mirror Mirror featurette.

Dark Shadows

From the stills released earlier this year, this was not what I was expecting from Tim Burton’s update of 1960s television show Dark Shadows. Set in the 1970s, the film appears to be far more camp than gothic. There is also more comedy than I was expecting. This is not necessarily a bad thing, readjusting expectations to view Dark Shadows as a comedy makes it appear rather fun. Dark Shadows is released on 11th May 2012.

Battleship

From the toy company that brought you Transformers… There are definite parallels between this Hasbro toy product-based film and the Michael Bay franchise. I am hoping Battleship is going to be the hottest mess of the year. It should be suitably ridiculous, and shouldn’t take itself too seriously. Whatever the outcome, at least the presence of Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgård will make the film easy on the eye. Battleship is released on 11th April 2012.

Now is Good

This looks as if it will be a bit of a tearjerker. Based on Jenny Downham’s novel Before I Die, Now is Good is about teenager Tessa, who is diagnosed with a terminal illness. Dakota Fanning has proved herself to be a capable actress, but her English accent in the above trailer sounds less than authentic. Now is Good is released on 25th May 2012.

Mirror, Mirror

Having undergone a sensible name change, Mirror Mirror seems a very family-orientated film. It is a lot more camp than Snow White and the Huntsman, which is out later in the summer. Above is a featurette about Armie Hammer’s character in the film. Mirror Mirror is out on 2nd April 2012.

Mirror, Mirror Trailer

I’m a little tardy with this one. Hot on the heels of Snow White and The Huntsman, the trailer for Tarsem Singh’s Mirror, Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White was released last week. This version of the fairy tale takes a decidedly different approach to its rival, with a much camper feel. Like Snow White and The Huntsman, the central character seems to be the Evil Queen in Mirror, Mirror. It is Julia Roberts’ Evil Queen which makes the film less appealing; she is too over the top in this trailer at least. However, Mirror, Mirror does star Lily Collins as Snow White, and Armie Hammer as the Prince, so the casting is more promising in some respects. Perhaps the ideal version of Snow White features Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen and Lily Collins as Snow White? Mirror, Mirror is out on 16th March 2012.

 

Snow White and The Huntsman Trailer

The film may be called Snow White and The Huntsman, but this trailer is all about Charlize Theron’s Evil Queen. Directed by Rupert Sanders, this looks as if it will be a definitive live-action fairy tale. This is especially pertinent, as next year also sees the release of Mirror, Mirror: The Untold Adventures of Snow White, starring Julia Roberts. I think it was a smart move to concentrate on the Evil Queen, who was always going to be the most fascinating character. Perhaps trailers focusing on Kristen Stewart’s Snow White and Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman will also be released in due course. Snow White and The Huntsman will be released in the UK on 1st June 2012.