Thursday, March 29, 2012

Mirror Mirror - 2 1/2 stars

In the first live action Snow White movie of the year (Snow White and the Huntsman will be released in June) stars Julia Roberts as the wicked queen. It's been a long time since I have seen Disney's Snow White (and I've never read the original fairy tale), but they take some liberties with this version.

Snow White's father, the king, vanished many years ago. The wicked queen took over as the ruling monarch of the country (Snow's real mother died in childbirth). She has been raising Snow White by keeping her locked up in the castle. She has also been spending the country's money on lavish parties while over taxing the people. This is told in a prologue acted out by puppets. This didn't work for me. The puppets were ridiculous.

One day, Prince Andrew Alcott (Armie Hammer) wanders into the country. He meets the 7 dwarfs in the forest where they rob him and tie him up. Snow White comes along and cuts him down. They go their separate ways and the prince ends up at the castle. The wicked queen sees him and wants to marry him, not only for his looks but because his country is very wealthy.

For the first half hour or so, I was bored. Except for a few funny bits from Nathan Lane (playing the queen's servant), I thought the movie was horrible. Then it started to turn funny. At times it seemed to almost be a parody of the Snow White story.

When it's funny, it works. I laughed quite a bit. But too often it would start to drag. And I hated the beauty treatment the queen indulges in before a party. It involves bird droppings, bees, maggots, and a scorpion. It really was disgusting, and I didn't think it belonged in the movie. There was also a training montage where the dwarfs are teaching Snow White to fight with a sword.

The funniest part of the movie was when the queen's servant announced to the servants that Snow White has been killed: "Snow White lived, she died, God rest her soul. There will be a buffet at 2."

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