Mirror Mirror

  • Year:2012
  • Rating:PG
  • Director:Tarsem Singh
  • Cast:Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Julia Roberts
  • Release Date:March 29, 2012
  • Distributor:Roadshow
  • Running time:106 minutes
  • Film Worth:$16.50
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Armed with substantial star power, this family romp unabashedly aims to entertain and enchant – and succeeds.

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The first of two high profile Snow White themed blockbusters to head into our cinemas in 2012, Mirror Mirror is an enchanting comedic retelling of the classic fairytale that is sure to put a smile on the face of even the biggest cynic.

A vain and evil Queen (a deliciously devious Julia Roberts) brings hardship and misery to her long suffering Kingdom whilst keeping the rightful ruler, Snow White (the picture perfect Lily Collins), a virtual prisoner in her own castle. Verging on bankruptcy, the Queen decides she must remarry in order to maintain her extravagant lifestyle, and her wishes are seemingly granted with the arrival of the rich and dashing Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer), who instead becomes besotted with the grace and beauty of Snow White. Luckily, Snow White escapes the Queen's jealous rage when she is freed by guilt ridden underling Brighton (a scene stealing Nathan Lane) into the forest, stumbling across a thieving band of resourceful dwarfs who promise to help her reclaim her birthright.

One of Mirror Mirror's greatest assets is its self-deprecating humour. Never attempting to mask itself as anything but a rollicking good yarn, the primary purpose of Mirror Mirror is to entertain rather than portray any kind of emotional depth or substance.

Relying heavily on slapstick comedy for laughs, it's fortunate that director Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Fall) has assembled a brilliant ensemble cast who more than adequately rise to the occasion. As for the film's leads, Armie Hammer, besides being an almost ridiculously perfect physical embodiment of a Prince, also proves himself to be a more than competent comedian, with props also going to Lily Collins for managing to make her often cornball dialogue seem somewhat credible.

Visually stunning and highly entertaining on a number of different levels, Mirror Mirror is the perfect family film for both the young and young at heart.

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