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Thursday, April 12, 2012

[6.75/10] Mirror Mirror (2012)


Mirror Mirror (2012)

Brief review: It was about time someone to put an ironic, comedic spin on one of the most popular stories of all time, without ruining the magic of it, and director Tarsem Singh does it with flair in “Mirror Mirror”. Unlike the upcoming “Snow White and the Huntsman” which, judging by the trailers, has ‘grimness’ written all over it, the delightfully lighthearted “Mirror Mirror” never takes itself too seriously, and shows a whole new fun side of the classic story. Singh knows his movie is rather superficial, but he manages to make up for the lack of depth with an amusingly ironic script, full of cheeky slapstick humor, engaging characters, and last but not least, splendid visuals. Over the years Singh has proven himself as a true visionary director, and “Mirror Mirror” is yet another visual stunner from him. From the lavish, exuberant sets and gorgeous costumes to the eye-catching color palette and stylish cinematography, everything about this pretty movie is executed to perfection, and pure eye-candy. Unsurprisingly, Julia Roberts steals the show as the wicked and manipulative, yet rather insecure ‘evil’ queen. Lily Collins doesn’t impress with great acting skills or strong screen presence like Roberts does, but her looks are just perfect for Snow White. Armie Hammer gives a passable performance as the dashing prince, but it’s the quirky dwarfs, presented as a group of rebels, that contribute most to the story.

Overall summary: It lacks substance and it’s too forgettable to become a classic, but Tarsem Singh’s “Mirror Mirror” is still a witty, enjoyable and thoroughly refreshing rendition of “Snow White”, that fascinates with its vivid, sumptuous visuals and truly enchanting atmosphere.

Read (and comment on) the extended version of my "Mirror Mirror" review, written exclusively for White Cat Magazine HERE.

16 comments:

Hans Jákup said...

Good review, man. I haven't seen this one yet, but I most certainly will check it out when I get a chance.

Congrats with your new opening over at White Cat. You deserve it.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Hans, thank you so much, buddy. :)
It's still showing in theaters, so don't wait any longer. :)

Thanks a bunch, I appreciate it!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Congratulations on a review at Rick's site! That is awesome.
Still think I'll hold out for Snow White and the Huntsman.

Budd said...

congrats on white cat!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Alex, is it Rick's site? I thought he only works for the site. As far as I know, the editor in chief is Charles. Anyway, that's awesome indeed. I couldn't be happier. :)
Thank you, Alex!

At first Snow White and the Huntsman seemed like the better of the two Snow White films this year, but now when I saw Mirror Mirror, I'm not entirely sure which one is better.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Thank you, Budd. Appreciate it! :)

Melissa Bradley said...

Congratulations, hon! This is incredible. I knew bigger and better things were coming your way. You're a talent too bright to not soar amongst the stars and with your reviews at White Cat, it is going to happen.

Love the review and when I see the movie I know I'll probably share your opinion. I left a comment over at White Cat and it's awaiting moderation. I left a rather sedate comment because I was afraid to gush over there. But that review was beyond great...It was absolutely brilliant!!! Huge hugs, sweetie

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Thank you so much, sweetheart. This is really a dream come true for me.

"You're a talent too bright to not soar amongst the stars" - WOW, I'm speechless. You made my day with this one. :)

I just read your comment, and it's not sedate at all... it's terrific as usual! :) Thanks for the support, and hopefully one day I'll become a real pro. :)

Big hugs for you too, Mel.

C.M.Brown said...

Great review, I will have to go and see it. I am also waiting to see Snow White and the Huntsman.

Congrats on your review being picked up by White Cat!

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

C.M. Brown, glad you liked it. :)
I hope SW & TH will be even better.

Thanks a lot.

Ricky said...

Well done George!

Maurice Mitchell said...

Yeah, I'm not surprised. It looks like a cute movie, but Snow White has been done to death. Like Red Riding Hood there's not much left to do.
- Maurice Mitchell
The Geek Twins | Film Sketchr
@thegeektwins | @mauricem1972

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Ricky, thanks, mate.

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Maurice, I agree. Having said that, Tarsem puts his own spin to make it feel refreshing enough.

Xean said...

Another version of snow white, a movie to watch this 2012. I'm soo excited to watch this on HDTVs big screen. :)

George Beremov [Nebular] said...

Xean, yep, 2012 offers two Snow White movies to us. :)