A Spanish comedy with a mediocre, half-baked concept
The Spanish comedy-drama “Mirror, Mirror” on Netflix is directed by Marc Crehuet and centers on four people from Manie Cosmetics. The story takes place over a single day, and the four characters are under a lot of pressure during the company’s 50th anniversary celebration.
The characters in the movie can communicate with their reflections, which can give details about their lives and their deepest thoughts. Individuals’ reflections in the mirror serve as a metaphor for their inner selves, causing us to reflect and laugh from time to time.
Paula is a talented young woman trying to establish herself in the field while sticking to her beliefs, and Cris, her sister, tries to understand gender and identity. Their boss, Alvaro, tries to make peace with his mediocrity. The day ends with a party that takes a strange turn after various internal conflicts and disagreements.
The film strives to use the stream of consciousness genre, which is quite original and deserves praise. The mirror image in the film reflects the respective inner characters, such as letting a character know that he might be awful and has no chance of acquiring the girl he desires. Similarly, to make a character ignore her gender dysphoria, the mirror’s reflection hides the truth since she was young. The actors play their respective selves and the mirror images are exceptionally good. That said, the ultimate goal of these conversations is unclear, to say the least.
Mirror Mirror is a good example of interesting ideas that require a good presentation. The film’s initial plot and argument are quite intriguing, but it could have been developed much further with a focus on story structure.
The center of every subject addressed by the film is linked to identity, especially in the case of the character of Cristina. The film features topics like feminism, the notion of what passes for beauty, and the debate over political correctness, which many people only practice for financial gain. Additionally, the film addresses the components and problematic issues of a toxic workplace.
Despite all of this, the film’s focus seems hazy and the issues it was trying to highlight weren’t so clear. The elements presented, however, cease to make sense and fail to hold the audience’s interest halfway through the film.
Worse, the pacing here is way off the mark. The film could have been longer because it clearly tries to cram too many ideas into a short time, which results in a disorganized timeline.
The transitions between the different plots could also be a bit smoother, which, combined with the generally juvenile tone of the writing, detracts from the intriguing premise.
As Cristina, Malena Alterio gives one of the best performances in the film. She effectively conveys the feelings of uncertainty and despair as her character struggles to come to terms with her gender identity. Santi Millan also thrives in the portrayal of an uncharismatic character for whom one begins to feel bad. Natalia de Molina as Paula also delivers a strong performance, though lacking in some areas.
If the purpose of this comedy-drama was to demonstrate that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, then Mirror Mirror at least partially succeeds, because the plot lacks real depth. There are few times when you could laugh; otherwise, you won’t feel anything for the protagonists, who often pass for irrational. Each character feels disconnected from each other, which results in a weird ending.
Mirror, Mirror had the potential to stand out as an intriguing addition to the comedy-drama genre, if only developed a bit more or had some complexity. Instead, it falters as a mediocre, half-baked concept.
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