Mirror Mirror was one of those movies I chose to watch purely because it appeared on Netflix. The film is not a serious take on Snow White, but instead is very light-hearted and more focused on the comedy. The Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic ratings for it were not too promising considering the fact that they are, at the time of writing this post, are hovering at around 50%. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the film and am confused as to why it got such a poor rating on RT and Metacritic. Honestly, this film is worth at least a 70%. It is certainly better than Snow White and the Huntsman.
First, let’s get one thing out of the way. These are not complex characters. In fact some of them are very 2-dimensional such as the Prince. However, other main characters such as Snow White, the Evil Queen and the 7 Dwarves, while not that deep, do have backgrounds flushed out just a bit. Now that we have gotten that out of the way, let’s look at the actors/actresses. The main stars of the show are Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Armie Hammer as the Prince and Lily Collins as Snow White. Julia Roberts gives an outstanding performance that is pure comedy gold. She portrays a slightly crazy, but more light-hearted than Snow White and the Huntsman, evil queen really well. Armie Hammer’s portrayal of the Prince is also incredibly well suited to the comedy and light-hearted nature of the film. Newcomer Lily Collins also does a fantastic job of keeping this film feeling light-hearted and funny.
This film is beautiful to look at. The world, the sets and the costume design are colourful and fantastic to look at. The intricate dresses that people in the palace wear are totally over-the-top and incredibly creative. The costume designer for this film deserves a lot of credit for his/her work. The special effects used are also quite good. While they certainly will not beat more CGI intensive Hollywood blockbusters, they are good enough that they do not diminish the creativity of the film’s look and feel.
Let’s get one thing straight, this is not the most original plot for a Snow White based film that you will see. In fact, many elements of it are fairly predictable and that is certainly a downside. However, this film is not focused on making some amazing, complex plot. It focuses on a light-hearted journey that is filled with laughs, and for that, the plot fits in admirably. There are tons of comedic moments in the film including several jokes that have double meanings that adults will understand, but will probably just fly over kids’ heads. There is even a small critique about the upper-class or noble-class in the film during some scenes. Despite the predictable plot, the plot did keep my attention and kept me entertained and laughing for the almost 2 hour run-time of this film. There are moments that could have been cut out to reduce the run-time and have a tighter film, but there was nothing that felt so extraneous that I was rolling my eyes.
Overall Score: 7.83/10