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Loved this movie - great casting, wonderful costumes and superb
choreography. Even though some viewers (who might try to get a life
instead) seemed to object to Snowhite's thick eyebrows, I've rarely
seen an actress who fitted the image we have in our heads from reading
the fairy tale so well - eyebrows and all. Julie Roberts obviously had
a great time presenting an evil yet vulnerable queen, and I thought the
Bollywoodish finale added a truly joyful, tongue-in-cheek touch.
Fun, full of spirit and cheeky humour - the dwarfs in particular had some priceless one-liners. Add to that a conniving yet beautiful evil queen, a daft but lovable prince and an innocent but impish young Snowhite - all in all, a good mix. Entertaining for both adults and children.
An evil queen (Julia Roberts) steals control of a kingdom and an exiled
princess (Lily Collins) enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to
win back her birthright.
Let me start with the eyebrows debate. I see on the message boards that there is a dispute over whether or not the eyebrows are too prominent, should have been plucked, et cetera... Collins has claimed she used to pluck them but now embraces them as part of her look. Fair enough. The commenters seem to have the consensus that they are too much in a dress but alright in the "pirate" outfit. I would generally agree... and while I am all for the "natural" look, if it is distracting enough that it becomes the focus of a film, maybe that is not right.
Glad that is out of the way. Next, we obviously have to compare it to "Snow White and the Huntsman". There are aspects of each I preferred, and neither is a great film. Both are good films, and it is hard to say which is better. I feel like "Mirror" has more visual innovation -- the dwarfs on stilts is quite a look, and while some of the CGI is weak, it is at least creative. "Huntsman" is darker, which I like, but lacks the humor that "Mirror" is going for.
This is, after all, a kids film. While "Huntsman" seems to be PG-13, this one is firmly "PG". Many jokes will appeal to the adults, and I suppose a certain type of lady will appreciate the Armie Hammer eye candy. I, for one, liked thinking he was a young Billy Zane. But there is nothing objectionable -- no nudity, only playful violence, no death, no vulgarity. Aside from a scene with maggots and bird excrement, I think it would be hard to find this offensive.
If this film was up for a visual effects Oscar, I would have to say it was worthy but had no chance of winning. Luckily, it is not. Instead, it has only one nomination -- for costume design. The costumes in this film come from Eiko Ishioka, who sadly passed away before the film was released. Ishioka has been honored before -- for 1992's "Dracula". And she had an impressive resume, working with Broadway, Bjork, Cirque du Soleil. She deserves this award. While the costumes of "Lincoln" are impressive, they are not imaginative... the costumes here are.
Typically, I try to avoid Julia Roberts' movies. This time I made an exception, and perhaps I am glad I did. While no instant classic, it certainly was a visual treat.
After being extremely disappointed by Snow White & the Huntsman, I knew
that I would need to watch this.
From start to finish I was laughing. It is light hearted, exciting, thrilling, and to be quite honest it wasn't even predictable. I'm usually good at guessing what will happen within a movie but not this time.
The movie is brilliant. Much much better than Snow White & The Huntsman which is just completely buzz killing from start to finish. The only decent thing about SWATH is that Chris Hemsworth is in it.
Mirror Mirror is a great film, brilliant actors all round.
If you are considering watching it, then get it watched!! Don't listen to the negative criticism. Just because a film gets negative reviews and what not does not make it bad.
As a show for younger kids this show does a great job of entertaining. Youngsters will enjoy the story line, tender moments, humor, action, and special effects. This show is very sanitized meaning there is nothing suggestive for protective parents to worry about. Adults will also find this show entertaining. There are vibrant colors and amusing costumes throughout. There is some minor violence but nothing that should terrify younger minds. The beast at the end is probably the scariest moment and even that event turns into a tender moment that will keep the kids from having nightmares.It would be nice if there were more shows like this.
I am a Julia Roberts fan, so if you aren't then you might want to move
on. However, I have to say, that looking for something fairytale and
magical without being too girlie to watch with the family (two boys,
six and nine) isn't always easy. They really liked the humour and how
quickly the plot moved, as well as that it didn't follow the story they
know exactly. There were just enough twists without making them totally
question which story it was. I enjoyed Lily Collins immensely and don't
actually think I've seen her in anything before. She reminds me a great
deal of Audrey Hepburn in the way she looks and some of her mannerisms.
Sean Bean is always brilliant, without question. I do feel that his
performance was ruined by the song at the end. Not an issue that there
WAS a song, just that the genre seemed REALLY out of place. Too
bollywood. Just because that's your usual style, doesn't mean it should
make an appearance in every movie you make, and really.. the way the
audience finishes a film is the way it will be remembered. More care
should have been taken to preserve what flavour there was. With a
different song, and better choreography and camera work, that could
have been a rather fabulous ending. Very colourful and fairytale-ish.
All in all it was an enjoyable film. Not stellar or life altering and definitely for a younger audience. For me, hands down, the highlights were in the sets and costuming. Without a doubt Mirror Mirror gets top marks for those. Major fail on Snow's last gown... but she has sort a Bjork feel at the end, so maybe that's what they were going for? Either way, not a total loss.
This is the second Snow White movie I saw this year, the first one was
"Show White and the Huntsman", both of them were very entertaining!
"Show White and the Huntsman" was a more serious movie while this one
is more cute and funny. And both of them have excellent wicked witches!
Julia Roberts was fabulous. I have my eye on her since "Pretty Woman".
Even though I don't think there's anyone who set foot in a movie
theater who wouldn't know Julia Roberts, she actually made me believe
she was the wicked witch. She was funny, she was beautiful, she was
pretentious, she was evil, she was whatever she needed to be. Another
great performance from her.
What both of these movies needed was a better Snow White. If I had to choose I'd say that Lily Collins was a better Snow White than Kristen Stuart, I just have one question: what's with the eyebrow?! Snow White is supposed to be beautiful but I was distracted during the whole movie by those two paintbrushes over Lily Collins' eyes. Please, buy some tweezers.
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Its the story of snow white and the seven dwarfs---retold and
remodelled for the modern era.....
.......Or so I assume.....
......Because I have totally forgotten the original fairy tale I liked during my school days , which my mother used to read out to me diligently in childhood .
And remodelling it for the modern era involves it being told to us by the villain herself---Snow white's step mother , who else.....
.....And the evil step mother is played by the ever green Julia Roberts.....
And so in never never land there is a king.....and he's a good king.....
And he has a beautiful daughter---with skin as white as snow and hair that is jet black.....in fact so white she is that she is called Snow white.....
Now wait a minute.....does this mean that whiter the skin more goodlooking the person is , in this politically correct era of ours--- where black people are encouraged to be proud about their colour ??
Well , we have to remind ourselves that fairy tales were born in a different era and cant be changed for today---and any attempt to tweak a story too much will be a reason for failure if it deviates from the original too much....
But snow white's mother dies and the king marries Julia Roberts who sends him to the forest from where he does not return......
And Julia takes over the kingdom and misrules , keeping the people in dire poverty while she enjoys....
But the magic mirror she keeps does not hide the truth , and keeps warning her that there is a price to pay for her deeds---deeds which she does by making the mirror cast a spell on anyone she wants to ensnare.....
One day Snow white grows up to be eighteen and eager to see the world.....
......And when she goes out into the world she sees her people suffering.....
But never mind.....
When she goes out into the world she also meets the man of her dreams--- a handsome prince of course.....
And she meets and befriends seven lovable dwarfs.....
And many hands make light work.....
In short when allies meet they can change the old and evil order.....
Doesn't matter that the evil step mother falls in love with the handsome prince too , and tries to marry him by casting another spell on him......
As the mirror warns her , its her last spell---and she has to pay the long accumulated price for her evil deeds.....
Time and tide are on Snow white's side....
That and youth and innocence and virginity and goodness of heart.....
In the fairy tales its always the fair and the good who win don't they.....
But before they win , we get to see a world of magic and dances in fairy tale ballrooms and handsome princes and lovely princesses and small adventures and demons and witches and potions and spells---all of which brings nostalgic memories of your childhood alive.....
.......A carefree childhood spent on your mother's lap listening to Grimm's fairy tales free from the worries of the world as only a child can be......
.....And all of it accentuated by modern special effects.....
Now why did the director have to ruin it all by ending the movie by making the actors dance a bollywood-like bhangra ??
Oh , he's an Indian and wanted to have some Indian touch to a Hollywood film......
Never mind again....
Its still a decent watch.....
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This is the second snow white remake in recent years. Is there some
sort of memorial day for snow white? Anyway, this movie also change the
story somewhat but retains most of the important elements.
There are a lot of subtle humors in the movie which I think is done just right. Thankfully they are not slapstick or adult jokes.
The movie is a little slow and simple, probably because they have to stretch a short story to movie length.
What stands out in this movie is the visual effects and the costumes.
The actress Lily Collins reminds me of Anne Hathaway, because Anne has played the role of princess in several movies. Lily is fresher and did a decent job. She may be the next Anne Hathaway.
There is a small surprise after the credit roll. The people started to sing and dance. It's like a typical Indian movie. Even the music sounds a little Indian. Possibly because the director is from India? I happened to like musicals and I watched that MTV twice. It would be even better if Lily gets some voice training but that's just nitpicking.
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Mirror Mirror was a wonderful re-telling of an old classic, with a new
twist. Humorous and comical, but serious in some parts, with those
heart felt moments.
I think Lily Collins was the perfect choice as Snow White. She has this beauty that was perfect for Snow White, and the way she played Snow White, I don't think there was anyone who could have done it better. The way she moved, spoke, and acted, was perfect for the role.
Julia Roberts stole the show, no matter how well Lily Collins played her role. In her huge, obnoxious dresses, and her high, snotty voice, those eye-rolling moments, and the flick-of-the-finger scenes, she dominated the screen, keeping everyone entertained. They couldn't have picked a better person to pull off a queen such as herself! The Prince was comical and funny. Had me laughing a lot, with his dense personality, but his honesty. He was the opposite from most of the other princes, that all seem to be, well, Prince Charming. It added to the story, how he was different.
The dwarfs were hilarious, and comical, but they had a side to them that could be connected to, a soft spot.
I believe that this movie was amazing, done extremely well, despite what others say about it. Everyone has their own different opinion, and for those who enjoy a good comedy and a laugh-out-loud movie, along with a twist of a fairytale, I would say that this one is the one for them.
This is not normally the type of movie I enjoy, but I watched this with my family and am very glad I did. There is little foul language, sexual content, or violence...and what there is isn't graphic. I do not recommend for young children as the costumes & scenery are somewhat bizarre and may lead to bad dreams. The costumes were fun (and strange), the storyline is very different from any version of Snow White we've seen, the acting was at minimum acceptable and some characters were exceptional. It was wonderful seeing Julia Roberts in a role she excelled at but was not the dominant role in the movie. My family rarely agrees on movies and we all thought this one was just plain fun.
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