Born in the late 1700’s, the Brothers Grimm penned fairy tales that have endured the test of time, becoming the most recognizable children’s folklore around the world. One of their most popular stories, Snow White, is receiving two cinematic re-imaginings this year; Mirror Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman. Things are looking up for the latter, as Mirror Mirror will no doubt leave you unimpressed.
In this reworked tale, the story is told from the evil queen’s (Julia Roberts) point of view and pits her against Snow White (Lily Collins) in a battle for the heart of the prince and subsequently the kingdom.
Director Tarsem Singh (Immortals, The Cell) fails miserably to coax a solid performance out of any of the cast. Practically every line of dialogue out of the actor’s mouths felt “good enough” rather than “brilliant!” and, because of this, the entire film suffered.
The visuals are at times interesting, and at others, confusing, with the large amount of unnecessary CGI making the entire affair seem over the top.
There is absolutely no chemistry between Lily Collins (The Blind Side) and Armie Hammer (The Social Network). We simply have to accept that their good looks are enough to warrant their intense romantic pull toward each other.
Hopefully, the second Snow White movie will deliver something more than this travesty.
Bottom Line: Pop in the original Disney classic and shield yourself and loved ones from this movie.
Runtime: 106 minutes