I didn’t have very high hopes for Mirror Mirror when I first heard about the project being made, but upon seeing its trailer I thought it looked like it would be cute. And then I found out Tarsem Singh directed it and I thought HOLY CRAP I MUST SEE THIS IMMEDIATELY. Had I looked further into the making of this film when first announced, I’m sure I would’ve gotten excited a lot sooner. But I don’t really look into these sort of things anymore. *shoulder shrug*
If the name Tarsem Singh doesn’t sound familiar to you, he directed this incredibly gorgeous film called The Fall a few years ago. It is, without a doubt, the most stunning film I have ever seen. EVER. It’s visually orgasmic; so rich in color and the scenery. OHMYGOD the scenery! And Lee Pace, aka Ned the Piemaker from Pushing Daisies is the leading man. AND it’s currently available to stream on Netflix. Um… are you still reading this? GO WATCH THE FALL RIGHT NOW. And then come back and finish reading my little blurb.
So you watched The Fall? Okay, awesome! Back to Mirror Mirror. It’s a fresh take on the Snow White tale as the original one, and reinterpretations of it, is solely focused on the Queen’s vanity and obsession to be the “fairest of them all,” whereas Mirror Mirror also has the Queen (played by Julia Roberts) hungry for power. The premise in Mirror Mirror is that the Queen is completely broke — she makes the village pay ridiculous taxes in order for her to throw lavish parties and whatnot. And of course, she loathes Snow White (Lily Collins aka Audrey Hepburn Jr.). A baron from a nearby kingdom suggests that him and the Queen should get hitched, but the Queen is repulsed at the thought. When a young, strapping prince (Armie Hammer) comes along she plans to marry him to save her kingdom. Seriously, who wants a baron when you can haz a prince?
Mirror Mirror was saturated in rich colors, much like The Fall, and the beginning of the movie had a fantastic animated bit that sort of reminded me of the story of the Deathly Hallows/Tale of the Three Brothers scene from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1. The characters were fun to watch, Julia Roberts makes for an awesome evil queen, and Lily Collins is Audrey Hepburn reincarnated. Unlike Snow White and the Huntsman, I can see how Lily Collins’ Snow White is > Julia Roberts’ Queen. I mean, Kirsten Stewart over Charlize Theron? PUH-LEEZ.
I thoroughly enjoyed the film, and this whole fairy tale trend that’s taking over Hollywood with making Snow White a little badass (ex. Mirror Mirror, Once Upon a Time, Snow White and the Huntsman (I guess)) is pretty effing rad.