Mirror Mirror (PG)
Genre : Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Tagline : The Snow White Legend Comes Alive
Starring : Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Jordan Prentice
Running Time : 106 Minutes
Director : Tarsem Singh
Producer : Bernie Goldmann, Ryan Kavanaugh, Brett Ratner
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.
After Snow White’s (Lily Collins) mother dies during childbirth, her father (Sean Bean) marries the fairest woman in the land, Queen Clementianna (Julia Roberts.) One day the King goes off into the woods to fight a great evil and disappears leaving the Queen to rule the country. The Queen, jealous of Snow White, locks her in the palace and barely allows her to leave her room let alone venture out to see her kingdom. On her 18th birthday she decides to leave the palace and has a chance meeting with Prince Andrew Alcott (Armie Hammer), who has just been robbed by a group of dwarfs, in the woods. Although they are both immediately drawn to one another, she doesn’t let the Prince know who she is and quickly leaves.
The Prince continues his travels to the palace where the Queen throws a ball in his honor with the hopes that he will marry her and bring his wealth to the kingdom thus solving her money problems. When the Queen sees Snow White and the Prince dancing she orders her man servant Brighton (Nathan Lane) to take Snow into the woods and feed her to the beast that has been terrorizing the kingdom. Brighton decides to release Snow and she runs until she encounters the house of the seven dwarfs. Thinking Snow is dead, the prince decides to thank the Queen for her hospitality by defending the kingdom from bandits that inhabit the woods.
When Prince Alcott finds Snow living with the bandits he labels her a traitor and fights her to reclaim the money the dwarfs have stolen from the Queen. When he returns to the palace and tells the Queen that Snow is alive the Queen desperately puts a spell on the Prince in order to force him to marry her. Snow and the dwarfs attempt to recover the Prince, reclaim the kingdom for Snow, and defeat the Evil Queen once and for all. The movie is the story of how they attempt these feats and whether they are successful.
I think this movie is really cute. Lily Collins, although I find her eyebrows to be really distracting, plays the young, innocent Princess very well and her chemistry with the Prince is nothing short of charming. The dwarfs provide a decent amount of comic relief and play their “dwarf parts” to perfection. The story is cheesy but it is done on purpose so be ready for that. I love Nathan Lane and he plays his part in true Nathan fashion. The only character I wasn’t thrilled about was the Queen. I normally like Julia Roberts but her attempt at comedy and mockery of this fairytale falls short. She often overacts and provides many of the dull spots in the story. There are a few scenes like I like her in but overall she is not my favorite.
My favorite thing about this movie by far is the costumes. It was nominated for an Oscar in Costume Design for good reason. My college degree is in Fashion Merchandising and my love for movies and theater has always been largely about the costumes. This movie is very visually stunning and is worth the watch if only to watch the costumes and scenery. This modern twist on the tale of Snow White is very original and takes quite a few liberties with the original Brothers Grimm fairytale but to its credit it succeeds in making you feel right at home with the classic. I think it does a much better job than the entirely too serious Snow White and The Huntsman which was released the day after this movie. It is a cute and fun hour and a half with plenty to enjoy. If you want a little break from everyday life and are looking to escape back to your childhood check this out.
Favorite Scene : I love the scene where Snow White tries to break the Prince from the spell the queen has put on him. Armie Hammer does a great job and the comedy from the dwarves makes me giggle.
Favorite Quote : “Weakness is only a weakness if you think of it that way.”
Awards : Excellence in Fantasy Film, Eiko Ishioka – Costume Designs Guild Awards
Fun Facts :
- Saoirse Ronan was considered for the role of Snow White, but the age difference between her and Armie Hammer was too big.
- Alex Pettyfer, James Holzier, and James McAvoy were all considered for the part of Prince Andrew Alcott.
- The original script included a scene between a shirtless Prince and the Queen in which the Queen remarks how smooth his chest is. This line had to be altered when Hammer refused to shave the hair off his chest for the scene.
- Lily Collins admitted in an interview that she originally auditioned for the role of Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman, losing to Kristen Stewart.
- Though director Tarsem Singh’s intention was to make a family-friendly action comedy, he admitted to the press that he was disappointed with the title Mirror, Mirror. He said in an interview that we would have preferred the simple title of “Snow.”
- According to Julia Roberts, her costumes in the film were both heavy and almost impossible to move in. At one point while shooting, Roberts turned rather quickly to her co-star Nathan Lane during a take, and pulled a muscle.
- This is Julia Roberts’ second film playing an iconic fairy tale role; two decades earlier, she played Tinkerbell in Hook.
- Sam Claflin auditioned for the role of The Prince but lost to Armie Hammer. Coincidentally, he was later cast in the rival Snow White project, Snow White and the Huntsman as Prince Charming.
- Last film of costume designer Eiko Ishioka before her death.
- Throughout the film, Julia Roberts wears enormous ball gowns. On the set, her children hid underneath her skirt without anyone knowing.
- According to Julia Roberts, Mirror Mirror is the first film that made her young children aware that their mother was a famous film actress.
- Almost all of the unlikely seeming beauty treatments the Queen undergoes are actually real treatments you can get at spas all over the world. Among the real ones are: the bird poop paste, the chocolate (or clay, it’s not clear which it is since it’s brown) mask, the snake massage, the snail slime, the maggots and the tiny fishes that eat away dead skin cells. One of the few (if not the only) fake treatments shown is the bee sting to the lips to plump them up, although lip plumpers really do contain (usually botanical or chemical, not insectoid) irritants.
- The film was released in 20 foreign countries before the US release.
- The movie was filmed in Montréal, Québec, Canada.
- The movie grossed a little over $162 million worldwide with $97.9 million coming from markets outside the US.
- Lily Collins is the daughter of Phil Collins and second wife Jill Tavelman.
- You might recognized Armie Hammer form the The Social Network where he played both Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss.
- The film was scheduled for release on March 16, 2012, but was delayed until March 30th. Before the March 16 date, a June 29 date had been scheduled. Overall, the film was rescheduled twice before landing on March 30th.
- On its opening day, Mirror Mirror made $5.8 million, coming in at the No. 3 spot behind The Hunger Games and Wrath of the Titans.
- Sean Bean, who plays the King, is famous for dying in his movies
- If you visit the website you can download coloring book pages, dress-up Snow White in different costumes, and write mad lib type stories for the different characters.