Mirror Mirror is a pretty re-imagining of Snow White… but it only reflects that looks aren't everything
22:49 GMT, 5 April 2012
MIRROR MIRROR (PG)
Verdict: It's snow good
Do you enjoy pretty pictures If so, Mirror Mirror offers lavish production design and lovely fairy-tale settings.
Tarsem Singh’s films (The Cell, The Fall, Immortals) are always fun to look at; it’s when Tarsem tries to tell a story that he tends to become, well, tiresome.
Mirror Mirror is a jokey take on the legend of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs.
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Beyond prettification: Julia Roberts in Mirror Mirror. Singh's main fault is identical to the wicked queen's
But it’s nowhere near as funny as Shrek, while the romance never has the charm of Disney’s Beauty And The Beast, and the writing and performances lack the enchantment of Enchanted.
Part of this can be blamed on Phil Collins’s daughter, Lily. Her Snow White is too drippy to care about, and her Prince Charming (camped up by Armie Hammer) is almost as trite.
Too drippy to care about: Lily Cole as Snow White in Mirror Mirror
The piece might have been saved by a memorable villain, but Julia Roberts as Snow White’s wicked stepmother plays on one note and fails to disguise the witless script.
Singh’s main fault is identical to the wicked queen’s: he can’t see the point of anything beyond prettification.
Unfortunately for him, Mirror Mirror reflects the fact that looks aren’t everything.
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