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Mirror Mirror (2012)

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An evil queen steals control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlists the help of seven resourceful rebels to win back her birthright.

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Tarsem Singh (as Tarsem Singh Dhandwar)

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Marc Klein (screenplay), Jason Keller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Roberts ... The Queen
Lily Collins ... Snow White
Armie Hammer ... Prince Alcott
Nathan Lane ... Brighton
Jordan Prentice ... Napoleon
Mark Povinelli ... Half Pint
Joe Gnoffo Joe Gnoffo ... Grub (as Joey Gnoffo)
Danny Woodburn ... Grimm
Sebastian Saraceno Sebastian Saraceno ... Wolf
Martin Klebba ... Butcher
Ronald Lee Clark ... Chuckles
Robert Emms ... Charles Renbock
Mare Winningham ... Baker Margaret
Michael Lerner ... Baron
Sean Bean ... King
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Storyline

After a beloved king vanishes, his ruthless wife seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her beautiful 18-year-old stepdaughter, Snow White, hidden away in the palace. But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting prince, the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest. Taken in by a band of rebellious but kindhearted dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to save her country from the Queen. With the support of her new friends, she roars into action to reclaim her birthright and win back her prince in this magical adventure comedy that will capture the hearts and imaginations of audiences the world over. Written by Relativity Media publicity

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some fantasy action and mild rude humor | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 2012 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Untitled Snow White Project See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

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Box Office

Budget:

$85,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,132,085, 1 April 2012

Gross USA:

$64,935,167

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$183,018,522
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

At one point during the chess game at the beginning of the film, the Queen says "loose lips sink ships" to Brighton. When the aid asks which ship is to be sunk, the Queen says that is just an expression. Actually, the phrase was coined in Britain during World War II regarding the secrecy of route of Atlantic convoys. Since Germany had spies everywhere, an indiscretion could, quite literally, sink a ship. See more »

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The Queen somehow taxes the destitute villagers to pay for another incredibly lavish party - instead of commanding the wealthy caterers to provide the party for free, or else. See more »

Quotes

Brighton: Snow White is dead. One of God's great mysteries is his plan for each and every one of us...
The Queen: Speed it up.
Brighton: Snow White lived, she died, God rest her soul, Amen. There will be a buffet lunch served at two.
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During the "The End" scene, Snow White and Prince Charming's faces form in the clouds facing each other. See more »

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Version of Snow White and the Huntsman (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

I Believe In Love (Mirror Mirror Mix)
Written by Nina Hart, Sam Hollander, and Tarsem Singh
Performed by Lily Collins
Produced by Sam Hollander (as S*A*M) and Tarsem Singh (as Tarsem)
Co-produced by Adam Pallin
Music by Alan Menken (uncredited)
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Who's the fairest of them all?
27 April 2012 | by info-355-578727See all my reviews

MIRROR, MIRROR is one of two major Snow White movies coming out this year. The second one is SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN, which premieres in June. From the trailers the two movies look absolutely nothing alike. While I don't have any problems with a fairy tale princess taking levels in sheer awesome being a competent woman, I'm not sure if the grim and grittiness is the best way to do it. Why does a woman have to become grim and gritty to be badass? But this is neither here nor there. I have yet to see SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN because of an unfortunate lack of a time machine so I can't compare the two. (If I did have a time machine, I'd be going to see other movies, such as THE HOBBIT in December, among other worthwhile pursuits.)

What I can do is review MIRROR,MIRROR. Directed by Tarsem Singh (who also directed THE CELL) it stars Julia Roberts as the Evil Queen, Lily Collins as Snow White and Armie Hammer as Prince Alcott in a fun and often tongue and cheek romp through the fairy tale.

The movie starts with the basic premise of Snow White's father, the King (played by Sean Bean), marries the Evil Queen and then mysteriously vanishes into the dark woods while trying to find an evil and dark creature threatening his kingdom. Snow White is left with her stepmother who proceeds to lock her up in the castle, forbidden, for her own good, to leave. Snow listens to the Queen but on her eighteenth birthday things start to change from the traditional fairy tale as she meets the prince and decides to take matters into her own hands.

Julia Roberts' queen is a petty and not really malicious evil. She wants the finest things in life and will do whatever she wants to get them even if it bankrupts the kingdom. She wants to be the most beautiful in the land, and if that requires Snow White to die then so be it. She is fun to watch as she tries to get Prince Alcott to marry her.

On the other hand, Lily Collin's Snow White is a bit on the bland side. She has to play the innocent and naive waif who learns to stand on her own two feet, which generally isn't a role with much to do. However, her Snow White actually does things. She doesn't wait for her prince to come to change things. She actively goes out to try and stop the queen herself.

I think the best thing about the movie was Hammer's prince. He manages to keep an awkward straight face to the Queen's flirtations and is a capable warrior. Later on in the movie he seems to be having a great deal of fun with the situations handed to him.

One thing I have to mention is that the costumes – especially the Queen's – and the sets are utterly gorgeous, a delight to look at. Most of the sets are in shades of white and gray while a lot of the costumes are brilliantly-colored, creating an interesting and delightful contrast to watch as the characters move through the world. They aren't completely realistic, but the story isn't realistic either and so it helps create the fairy tale illusion.

The story is sufficiently different that it keeps you guessing on how it's going to turn out. You know that the Evil Queen will be defeated and Snow White will get the prince, but the how is left up in the air well enough to keep you entertained. It is most definitely not a serious movie, but one that is a nice way to spend a lazy afternoon. It leaves you with a satisfied feeling… if a bit bewildered by the sudden Bollywood style dance number during the credits.

– Gabrielle Lissauer

This review first appeared in Geek Speak Magazine - www.geekspeakmagazine.com


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