Review: Mirror Mirror
Did Julia Roberts learn nothing from Hook? The last time she played a pantomime character it was a disaster and now she is the Evil Queen in this retelling/trashing of Snow White.
It wants to be a live action Shrek with everyone adopting contemporary speech and attitudes, and Snow White (Lily Collins) becoming a Robin Hood figure fighting for justice with the seven dwarves as her merry men.
It's an idea, I suppose – and might have looked alright on paper – but within moments of the film starting you can see how it's going to drag on.
The re-jigging of the fairytale has no thought behind it other than the desire to squeeze a bit more mileage out of familiar material. Though the dwarves (who have names like Napoleon, Half Pint and Wolf and are more Time Bandits than Disney) and Nathan Lane as the Queen's chief flunky are fun, it doesn't have enough laughs.
Such a smart Alec approach robs the tale of most of its charm.
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Spielberg couldn't get Hook to fly; Mirror Mirror employs the lesser but still notable talents of Tarsem Singh. Tarsem is stuck in the bind of the Flawed Visionary Director who has found that his own conception of a good film (The Cell, The Fall) can't find an audience and is now forced to work with other people's conceptions of a good film.
This is not necessarily a bad thing – last year's gladiator romp Immortals was a delirious, visually arresting entertainment.
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- 2 Resurfacing works to see closures on three busy city roads
- 3 £6.1m shopping street revamp will take half of 2022 to complete
- 4 Enjoy afternoon tea on Britain's poshest train departing from Norwich
- 5 'Disaster from start to finish': Parents slam school for failing kids
- 6 Roadworks to be aware of in Norwich this week
- 7 Child sex abuse victim: 'I'm still angry, but haven't let him ruin my life'
- 8 'She shouted for 90 minutes': Councillor guilty of harassing railway staff
- 9 See how Norwich Castle's keep is being transformed
- 10 Business fears for Christmas trade if council doesn't fix traffic 'chaos'
Mirror Mirror is colourful but drably so and none of the visual ideas spark into any kind of life.
MIRROR MIRROR (PG)
Director: Tarsem Singh
Starring: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Danny Woodburn and Jordan Prentice
Length: 106 mins