Conclusion: Color me shocked, but I really enjoyed Mirror Mirror. No, the film isn’t as jovial or happy as the trailers made it out to be. In fact, I wouldn’t even recommend it for younger viewers due to several scenes that may be too intense for them. Even the subject matter on display lends itself to an older audience, which I appreciated. The video and audio specifications are above average, but the supplements, or lack thereof, will bring the overall score down a bit.
Excerpt: On her 18th birthday, Snow White (Lily Collins, The Blind Side ) is one unhappy princess. Her father, the King, was long ago lost to a forest beastie, and she's been raised by her stepmother, the Queen (Julia Roberts, Pretty Woman ). The Queen's vanity and lavish lifestyle have left the kingdom in poverty. Mirror Mirror spends 106 minutes trying to do what Jay Ward's Fractured Fairy Tales did in five and barely comes close.
Conclusion: With a surfeit of fairy tale films coming down the Hollywood pipeline, I have a feeling Mirror Mirror will be quickly forgotten, potentially lingering in the pop culture consciousness only as a trivia question about Lily Collins' first feature performance. Minus Eiko Ishioka's costume work and Tarsem Singh's curated visual style, the movie just doesn't do enough to distinguish itself.
Conclusion: Mirror Mirror offers an uninspired adaptation of the familiar Snow White fairy tale. Comedically, fantastically, and romantically, it misses just about every one of its marks. Fairy tale films are still rare enough to warrant some interest and this isn't terrible in any grandiose way. Still, unless you are an easily impressed young girl, the best case scenario is that you go in with low enough expectations to wind up liking (but not loving) this movie.
Conclusion: 'Mirror Mirror' attempts to present a light, fun, silly twist on the classic 'Snow White' fairly tale, but it falls flat. The humor is uninspired, and the thin characters and scripting carry no weight or personality. Though the visuals are striking, there's just no substance to back them up. On the technical side, both the video and audio presentations are very strong, transporting the audience into a convincing fantasy world.
Excerpt: Candy-colored, unrepentantly goofy, and art-designed like the inside of a Faberge egg, Mirror Mirror is almost incomprehensibly different from its supposed upcoming rival, Snow White and the Huntsman , and that's only a good thing. While this summer's Kristen Stewart-starring action-adventure puts on its most serious face to update the Snow White fairy tale, Mirror Mirror is happy to romp around inside it with its own out-there agenda, with sly humor and old-fashioned...
Excerpt: From Tarsem’s early days in music videos and commercials through his debut feature ( The Cell ), his years-in-the-making labor of love The Fall , and his 2011 epic Immortals , he’s exhibited two constant themes: a love of vividly colorful rococo imagery, and a love of myths and fantasy, which are conducive to his brand of richly appointed, spectacle-driven melodrama.