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[Still in guise of Josephine after poisoning Snow white]
Mirror mirror in my hand, 'now' who's the fairest in the land?
[Image of Josephine's face emerges from mirror and replies "I am, I am, I'm the fairest in the land."]
Yes, yes of course you are, well of course you'd be. But not for long you poor, dear, dead little wifey.
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This is a pretty good re-telling of the Brothers Grimm story, indeed one I'm sure they would have been pleased with, whereas they would hardly have recognised the Disney version which was made purely to entertain young children. Here we have a movie the whole family can watch and enjoy on many levels.
It was shot in some stunning locations, and the photography is superb. The special effects, in particular the use of the magic mirror(s), are also top notch. There are excellent performances by Miranda Richardson as the menacing, calculating, and very beautiful step-mother, and Vera Farmiga as Snow White's birth mother, although we don't see nearly enough of the latter. The oddball assortment of 'dwarfs' provide much of the comic action with their hilarious antics and valiant efforts to save the day.
The big let down for me was the weak and distant performances by Kristin Kreuk in the title role, and Tom Irwin as her father.
All in all very enjoyable, well worth looking out for. I rate it 8/10.
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