Saturday, 31 March 2012
Mirror Mirror ★★★☆☆
It's a story almost as old as time itself... no not Snow White, but rather never taking a trailer on face value. Tarsem Singh's re-imagining, Mirror Mirror (2012) (one of two interpretations of this famous fairy tale due for release this year - the other being Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman), belies its cringe-inducing promotion to become one of this year's must charming family films.
Singh's high gloss adaptation is set in a kingdom ensnared in the clutches of greed and vanity. The Queen's (Julia Roberts) rule has turned this quaint province into a gloomy, poverty stricken community where nobody sings or dances any more. For fear of being outdone by the picturesque princess of the former king Snow White (Lily Collins), the Queen banishes her to an isolated chamber in the recesses of her lavish palace. However, on her 18th birthday, Snow White manages to sneak out and is shocked to see the extent of which this once joyous kingdom has descended into abject poverty.