Mirror Mirror (2012)

“The kingdom was a happy place where people danced and sang day and night – apparently no one had jobs back then.”

With all the Snow White movies around, both old and new, what makes Mirror Mirror any different? Why pick it over any other? Well, it’s really down to your own personal taste. If you are fiercely attached to the original Snow White stories and delight in the more accurate and serious tales or if your inner child screams for the Disney version then this movie is probably not going to appeal to you.

If, however, you are looking for a movie that is highly stylised and over the top (the word cheesy comes to mind on multiple occasions) with plenty of wildly honest one liners and awkward romantic clichés then this may just be a movie for you. There is also a lot of intricate and colourful costumes if you find that type of thing interesting.

Mirror Mirror puts a modern and somewhat quirky twist on the traditional telling of Snow White including the type of mirror the Queen uses and the apple element to the story. The seven dwarfs are not the trademark dwarfs to the Disney franchise either and have completely different names with one even wearing a cowboy hat (surely I can’t be the only one to think that’s odd, right?).

As a sidenote, Julia Roberts and Nathan Lane work surprisingly well together in their comedic exchange… I was quite surprised at this pairing as I hadn’t seen Julia Roberts in this type of comedy before (I still associate her with movies like Pretty Woman, Mona Lisa Smile and Conspiracy Theory). I wonder if they will work on any other movie projects together.

I give this movie a 5 out of 10 as while I found it somewhat charming and amusing it is not one that I would rush out to add to my movie collection.

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