Mirror Mirror, A Romp Through Fantasy Land

This movie has received some intense criticism. It isn’t as edgy as the other Snow White movie coming out. The costuming goes too far. Performances are contrived, wooden, or just bad. The movie is just terrible.

I disagree on all accounts.

It is true that the movie isn’t as edgy as the upcoming version. It was never supposed to be. It was clearly advertised as a comedy. It was always meant to be a comedy.

The costuming is a delightful riot of colors and outrageous extremes as it mixes elements from various times into a hodge-podge of color, fabrics, laces, and exaggerated make-up. It creates a dramatic contrast to the villagers who all in dull brown and dingy grey rags. The point is that the court is so dissipated and narcissistic that they don’t even realize how foolish they all look to the people on the outside, the Prince and his servant. Even his valet, who seems to be a vain peacock himself, realizes that something isn’t right there.

The performances didn’t seem contrived at all. It looked like the actors were told to have fun with it and did just that.

I thought the movie was very enjoyable. The opening animation sequence was absolutely beautiful and reminded me of some old fashioned doll stop-motion animations I saw growing up, only so much smoother. I loved how the back story was told and the look of the porcelain dolls, even if it was CGI.

The cast of little people is absolutley fantastic and most viewers should recognize most of them. It’s like a whose who of some of the most underated but excellent acting talent out there. Good talent deserves good parts, not just parts where someone needs a little person. If you don’t recognize them all, you should at least recognize Danny Woodburn and Martin Klebba.

People complain that the story didn’t really add any depth to the classic tale. Of course it did not. The tale has been told and retold in a multitude of versions. And variants of it can be found in other cultures. He wanted to give a bit more precedence and depth to the Evil Queen. He did but I will agree that I still felt like we didn’t know enough. Where did she come from? How did she end up with the mirror? How long has she been doing this?

The rumor is that the upcoming one, Snow White and the Huntsman, will add that depth. But I don’t really see how. It looks like it could be a good action movie, but it looks like a totally different story. It will be interesting to see how much of the story had to change in order to fit that vision of it.

A young girl who sat behind me in the theater told her parents, “That’s two hours of my life I will never get back.” Her dad asked her if it was really that bad. She nodded yes. I walked out shaking my head. It was a very good movie if you view it for what it was and what it was intended to be. If she wants to know what a bad movie is, what losing two hours of your life that you can never recover is REALLY like, she should watch The Room by Tommy Wiseau. I wanted to take a brillo pad to my eyes and my brain to try to remove the memory of it.

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