Perhaps “Snow White” is one movie that’s been re-maked to death lately. We have “Snow White and the Huntsman” and “Mirror Mirror”, which is enough of this princess the world can take in a year. While I haven’t watch the first movie, I recently got a chance to watch “Mirror Mirror” and it was quite, how can I put it, interesting. Not bad, not good, but very interesting.
First of all, the costumes were out of this world. I mean, look at Julia Roberts and Lily Collins’ costumes. They are practically a drag queen’s dream comes true:
It got to a point that I was confused: wasn’t Snow White supposed to be poor? She lived with the dwarfs and dressed in rags and all. And then, it occurred to me that I got the wrong girl: the one I thought about was Cinderella, not Snow White, duh!
Secondly, this movie is actually funny. Julia Roberts was excellent in playing a psychotic step-mother queen while Prince Alcott had a couple of funny lines himself. The dwarfs are less sullen than in the Disney animated movie. They are quite fun and their characters were well developed. Of course, their names were changed from the Disney version as well as their personalities.
The biggest difference in this movie compared to the Disney version is the story: they practically rewrote the whole tale. The Queen becomes some lavish and beauty-obsessed hag instead of a power hungry, evil, and vain one in the original story. Julia Roberts made her seem more passive-aggressive and lunatic than an evil person. Snow White is not a helpless girl who ran but a girl who fights back. However, the biggest change in character is Prince Alcott. He is handsome, yes. He has a blinding sparkly smile, yes. He is also shirtless, yes. Twice.
Yup, the prince was shown shirtless in the movie twice, ladies and gentlemen, with chest hair and all! Which made me wonder: is this a movie for kids? For tweens? For teens? Or for the Twilight/Fifty Shades of Grey obsessive moms? I mean, there are little girls watching this movie and showing them a half-naked man with his hands crossing over his nether part is not too much, right?
I don’t know. I love the prince despite his lack of fighting skills but his half-naked scenes look a lot like soft porn to me. Ok, probably not soft porn but if you show kids this kind of thing, they would end up watching raunchy stuff (and like it) like True Blood when they turn 13 or so.
Mirror Mirror is an interesting movie to watch. I would probably not watch it with my teenage nieces though. However, as an adult, I fully enjoyed it. Again, it is entertaining and fun. It will make you laugh but then, you will forget all about it. Mirror Mirror is a fast food kind of movie and should be enjoyed like so.