Lily Collins lives out a fairy tale as Snow White and spars with Julia Roberts's wicked queen in this week's release Mirror Mirror, but is the old story worth revisiting? I'll tell you whether it's worth your while to check this movie out in theaters or not.
Hi, I'm Shannon Vestal, and in this week's Watch, Pass or Rent, we're looking at Mirror Mirror. In this take on Snow White, Julia Roberts plays the wicked queen who tries to destroy the beautiful, young Snow White played by Lily Collins. Who are you? Snow White. Snow who? No way! The director Tarsem Singh is known for his bold, visual style and while this movie is really beautiful to look at, that's one of the only highlights. You're a girl. I don't fight girls. Perhaps I should reconsider. Revamping fairy tales is huge right now but this take on Snow White just doesn't really have an interesting angle. There are a couple of small twists like we get a lot of the perspective of the wicked queen, and at one point Snow White's face is different but it's just not exciting enough to hold your attention. I've read so many stories about how the prince saves the princess but it's time to change that ending. I love Julia Roberts but as the queen, she is not evil enough for you to hate her and she is not funny enough for you to love her either. It's just felt like a waste of her talent. Is it done? Just as you instructed. you're not as pathetic and wimpy as I've always believed. That's the nicest thing you've ever said to me. And then there's Lily Collins, who's so beautiful as Snow White but her character just doesn't really have that much substance besides being sweet. However, there is one cast member who shines. Armie Hammer is perfectly cast as Prince Charming. He's gorgeous, he is actually really charming, he's like a Disney prince come to life. "I think Snow White is the most beautiful woman in the whole world." Agree to disagree. The castings in the set are colorful and creative, but they're pretty much the only things that will keep you awake. You don't root for Snow White or the wicked Queen and I just think that if you're into fractured fairytales, you should just wait for Snow White and the Huntsman and pass on this one.