Snow White’s express has started. In a movement that recalls when Armageddon and deep impact the two arrived in theaters a few months apart, Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Hunter land in movie theaters much the same way. Yet comparing the two is not fair. The only congruent thing in both is the main character whose skin is snow white. Mirror Mirror is a family movie and as such it will really reach that audience in the best possible way.
After a series of R-rated films such as The cell and The Immortals, director Tarsem Singh was ready to tackle a family film. He found a perfect muse in Snow White (Lily Collins), the Seven Dwarfs and that deliciously evil Evil Queen (Julia Roberts). The author’s vivid visual style that he showed on previous works is effervescent on Mirror Mirror.
In this live-action take on the classic Snow White story, our heroine has been locked away in her castle since her father disappeared in battle – before that, he married a shrew, well, at least according to Snow. With the King out of sight, the Evil Queen has been left to rule at will, which usually involves suffering from the common people and a legion of royal workers who are terrified at every whim.
Knowing that Snow White is the rightful heir to the throne is why Roberts keeps Collins out of sight. Things change drastically when a prince arrives who has millions and needs the help of a band of plundering dwarves. He can save the kingdom from the Queen’s reckless spending, simply by marrying her. Only thing… he only has eyes for Snow when she appears at a royal party in his honor. As for the story itself, we leave you this: Think you know the fairy tale of Snow White? In Singh’s hands, audiences will realize that this historic story has permeated their subconscious. The director makes things happen on screen, armed with the knowledge that he has the story of an audience with the story already in his pocket. He can start an adventure in the third act, literally after the opening credits.
After Singh’s turn to bring Snow White to life, Movie Fanatic can’t wait to see what the movie magician comes up with next.