Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Movie: Mirror Mirror (2012)

Mirror Mirror (2012)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama


I watched this movie in a bit of a blah mood after a tad too much wine at the art gallery the night before. It  was pretty darn perfect for my mood; a light funny fairy tale.

It of course stars Julia Roberts (Pretty Woman, Erin Brockovich) and relative newcomer Lily Collins (Priest, Abduction). She's doing pretty well so far to work alongside people like Julia Roberts and Sandra Bullock (Crash, The Blind Side) as well as managing to snag the role of  Clary in the much anticipated Mortal Instruments.

Then, of course, there's Prince Charming - Armie Hammer (The Social Network, Reaper) - who really does look like Disney's typical Prince Charming, blinding white smile and all. I also recognised Nathan Lane (The Birdcage, The Lion King) as the Queen's right hand man. Well done to whoever was in charge of casting; brilliant!

There is always a danger with fairy tale movies, that they will be just like the billion other versions of the story. This one is no exception. Snow White; beautiful, innocent, good. The Queen; spoilt, conniving, evil. Prince Charming to the rescue... wait, no... the Seven Dwarves to the rescue?

It's kind of refreshing to see Julia Roberts playing a bad guy, and she does it so well. That snarky, sarcastic voiceover at the very beginning made me giggle and she does snobby upper class so well. The Dwarves made me laugh with their springy legs. I had no idea what was going on when they first emerged. It reminded me of the Wheelers in Return to Oz - they always freaked me out! (Watch vid of them here

How weird is the mirror?! Another dimension styles... and the reflection, good idea.

It was entertaining. Lots of bright colours, funny one liners and a little twist in the tale, a good all round family film. Might watch again on another hung over day.... Keep an eye out for Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones) in the brief role of the King!

3 out 5 cute wittle puppies...

[Movie Quotes]
"Snow's gone. Did you check the kitchen?"
"No, there's I'm-in-the-same-room-as-a-prince crazy, then there's just good old fashioned plain traditional psycho crazy....I think she's the latter..."