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'Mirror Mirror': What the Critics Are Saying

Relativity's reimagining of the Snow White tale led by Julia Roberts and Lily Collins is receiving lukewarm reviews
from film critics.
 
 
"Mirror Mirror" Vs. 'Snow White': Anatomy of a Smackdown
 
Mirror Mirror is on track to score in the $20 million-plus range at the domestic box office in its opening weekend,
good enough for third place. But did the first of two Snow White projects to hit the movie theaters (the other being
Universal's Snow White and the Huntsman) win over the critics? Relativity's Mirror Mirror is a reimagining of the Brothers
Grimm tale of Snow White. Starring Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane, the story follows a queen
who eyes control of Snow White's throne and desires the attention of Prince Charming.
 
With a 50 percent score on RottenTomatoes, Mirror Mirror hasn't exactly received glowing reviews. Many film critics,
in fact, have highlighted a few glaring issues with the 95-minute fantasy-comedy.The Hollywood Reporter 's David Rooney
called the pairing of Relativity's revisionist Snow White film and Singh "unexpected," saying that the "pairing of
director and material that is no less perplexing even after sitting through this mishmash." And though the movie banked
on Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, it was Singh's weakness at narrative storytelling that shined through.
"In The Cell and Immortals, character and plotting come a distant second to the director’s elaborate visual aesthetic,
" he wrote, referencing Singh's previous projects. "But old-fashioned storytelling skills are paramount in any fairytale.
" In the end, Rooney concluded: "The impression is that of a director constantly fighting to put his stamp on material
that’s foreign to him, and unable to figure out what that stamp should be."
 
 
First Look at Relativity's 'Mirror Mirror'
 
 
Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert criticized  the lack of life in the dialogue for the movie: "The dialogue is
rather flat, the movie sort of boring, and there's not much energy in the two places it should really be felt: Between
the Queen and Snow White, and between Snow and the Prince."
 
The Los Angeles Times' Sheri Linden wrote  that Mirror Mirror is a "visually inventive interpretation" of the classic
fairytale, "without shortchanging the requisite froufrou or sugarcoating the story's dark Oedipal heart." Though she did
agree in saying that the film, intended for the family crowd, "can be choppy, but the fable zings along on the sharp
comic timing of the cast, led by a royally wicked Julia Roberts."
 
Linden also called upon Tarsem's knack for visuals to be a crutch, echoing Rooney's point: "Singh (a.k.a. Tarsem Singh
Dhandwar or simply Tarsem) is a fantasist whose singular knack for spectacle can also be his weakness, set-piece razzle-dazzle
not infrequently overwhelming the characters in his previous films."
 
The New York Times' Manohla Dargis held a similar viewpoin t on the movie, writing, "while Mr. Singh knows how to make
performers and sets look good, he has trouble putting them into vibrant, kinetic, meaningful play, which effectively
means that he’s a better window dresser than a movie director." She did give the director some credit in entertaining
audiences with something to look at on the big screen: "Mirror Mirror is consistently watchable, even when it drifts
into dullness because Mr. Singh always gives you something to look at, whether it’s the Queen’s blood-red gown, the

sailing clouds decorating her bedroom or the dwarfs’ woodland home.

 

 

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