Saturday, June 16, 2012

Mirror Mirror (2012)

This is a strange version of Snow White story. Parts of the birth of Snow White until before her 18th birthday are told in very good animation. Her mother died in childbirth, and under a spell, her father, a king, married again to the most beautiful woman in the world. Couple of years later he rode into the woods and never been seen again. Snow White and the kingdom fell into the hands of the step-mother.

The new queen demands the people to pay taxes to pay for her parties and the kingdom now suffers. A baker tells Snow White to come out of the castle to see the people. On her way in the woods, she saves a half-naked prince and his aide who had been robbed by 7 dwarfs and hung from a tree. The prince resumes his journey to the queen's castle and the queen, heard that he is rich, wants to marry him. The prince, already fallen in love with Snow White, refuses, but the queen charms him, that he thinks he is a puppy and the queen in his master.

The queen orders Snow White to be killed in the woods, but the person who carrying the order sets her free. Snow White goes deep into the woods and stays in 7 dwarfs's house, where they teach her to become a thief. When she hears about the upcoming wedding between the prince and the queen, she & the dwarfs go to sabotage it. The angry queen sets out the beast (a dragon), who turns out to be the lost king. Snow White meets her father again and marries the prince, while the queen pays the price for using too much magic: she lost her beauty and becomes old. In the wedding ceremony the old 'ex-queen' tries to give a red apple to Snow White, but Snow White asks the old woman to take the first bite. The old woman eats the apple, falls down, and disappears.

I don't like the humour in this film. It's not funny. Julia Roberts as the most beautiful woman in the world? She is beautiful, but I don't think she is the most. I think animation is the best way if one of the characters is the most beautiful woman in the world. The prince is ridiculous, much more ridiculous than Prince Edward in Enchanted. The ending shows Snow White & co. dance with a Bollywood song, which I don't think match with previous atmosphere.

The scene of Snow White running in the woods is very beautiful

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