After a beloved King vanishes, his ruthless wife seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White, hidden away in the palace. But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince, the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest. Taken in by a band of rebellious but kindhearted dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to save her country from the Queen. With the support of her new friends, she roars into action to reclaim her birthright and win back her Prince in this magical adventure comedy that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. Written by
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The peacocks painted on the wall in the Queen's room are direct copies of the ones painted by James Abbott McNeill Whistler in his famous peacock room (1876-77). The glass tables were designed by famous art nouveau jeweler and artist Rene Lalique. See more »
The queen somehow taxes the destitute villagers to pay for another incredibly lavish party - instead of commanding the wealthy caterers to provide the party for free, or else. See more »
It would warm my ancient heart if you could accept this modest gift on your wedding day.
[Hands her the apple]
That's very kind of you.
Just one bite for good fortune. To the fairest of them all.
Age before beauty. It's important to know when you've been beaten. Yes?
So it was Snow White's story after all.
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While this film seems to be perfectly tailored for some audiences, most discerning viewers will find Mirror Mirror to be lacking depth. Several plot fixtures are left unexplained, and in general this movie feels like the writers are trying to shove as many fantasy clichés into one movie as they can. The movie would undoubtedly have been better had the writers simply stuck to the original story, but they did not. The deviation from the classic story was not well done, and in many ways, it did not make much sense.
On a positive note, the acting was refreshingly good, particularly on the part of Julia Roberts. Roberts played the sinister queen quite excellently, adding a seething sarcasm to each line. Along with the acting, the aesthetics were good. Makeup could have been better, but costuming was very well done, and it played a large part in making the movie coherent.
In short, the positive qualities of this film were not nearly enough to make up for the awkward timing, unexplained plot mechanisms, mediocre dialogue, and unworkable mixture of different fantasy clichés. My suggestion is that you go see something else.
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