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Watch: Trailer For Tarsem's 'Mirror Mirror' Promises A Future Camp Classic

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 15, 2011 6:51 PM
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So, yes, there are two Snow White movies coming next year but rest assured weary moviegoer, they could not be more different. It was just a few days ago that we saw the first, surprisingly impressive trailer for "Snow White And The Huntsman" a darker, grittier take on the fairy tale and now we have the competition, "Mirror Mirror" from "Immortals" and "The Cell" director Tarsem. And yeah, it's...different.

Though the production has never been shy in pointing out that this one is skewing to a younger audience, the first look at this swings so broadly with slapstick humor, a bizarre "Scarface" reference and some eye-rolling puns we don't know what to make of this thing. Visually, this has to be one of Tarsem's weakest efforts, with the plastic looking sets, watercolor backgrounds and (minimal) effects certainly pointing to a movie that is rushing to meet a spring release date. The story, written by Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller, will strike a balance between adventure and comedy with Snow White teaming up with a pack of seven dwarfs to take on her evil stepmother who has destroyed the kingdom and killed her father, but obviously, the tone weighs more heavily on the "laughs" than any thrills.

This kind of looks awful, but maybe this is a future fairy tale "Showgirls" that will prompt drinking games and post-release appreciation by high falutin' cinephiles trying to justify a trainwreck with academic language. So which movie will be the fairest of them all next year? Not this one. Watch below.

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  • Charlie | November 21, 2011 6:06 PMReply

    Tareem Singh makes awesome movies. Immortals was amazing and this will be too.

  • Sam | November 21, 2011 5:04 PMReply

    I loveeee Armie Hammer! So good in Social Network and now he's going to be so good in this.

  • Becca | November 21, 2011 4:32 PMReply

    Definitely seeing this with my boyfriend! Can't wait to see Lily Collins in action!!

  • Lana | November 21, 2011 4:11 PMReply

    Julia Roberts is going to be awesome as the Evil Queen. She's such a good actress!

  • Sara | November 17, 2011 7:19 PMReply

    I think Mirror Mirror looks hilarious! I love Julia Roberts and thought Lily Collins was great in The Blind Side. Can't wait to see it in theaters!

  • Murderbot | November 16, 2011 10:31 AMReply

    Strange that Snow White and The Huntsman looks more like Tarsem than this does. I can imagine Tarsem shrieking when he watched the Trailer to huntsman, "Fuck, that what I should have done, be me."

  • jp | November 16, 2011 2:25 PM

    murderbot, you made a good point. This film doesn't look like a Tarsem production.

  • Todd | November 16, 2011 9:53 AMReply

    This looks exactly like one of those TV promos that were featured in the first scene of "Scrooged" with Bill Murray.

  • cirkusfolk | November 16, 2011 9:47 AMReply

    Why are people using the word "campy" to excuse this piece of trash? Are Adam Sandler films campy too? This looks plain dreadful.

  • Rotch | November 16, 2011 8:50 AMReply

    For those JuliaRoberts-intolerants like me, this feels like torture.

  • jp | November 16, 2011 7:29 AMReply

    Wow ! Julia Roberts ' film career is truly in the toilet. She should have done " The Proposal " and " The Blind Side " ( even though they are not great films ) when she was offered those roles before Sandra Bullock took her leftovers . The main problem with Julia, she has a very limited acting range , and I don't buy her as evil or devilish. Now, Charlize Theron , after " Monster " , I will buy her as evil or any personality trait.

  • Connor | November 16, 2011 4:38 AMReply

    One Word....OUCH!!!

    Too campy for my taste, but maybe it will draw an audience. These films usually do.

  • padre | November 16, 2011 3:25 AMReply

    Having now seen the trailer elsewhere, I feel very embarrassed and sorry for Hammer. When I first heard he got the gig, I was pleased. It seemed his career was moving upward in the right direction. But this looks painfully embarrassing to him and a knock down several steps backward in his career. OUCH. Any tiny bit of awards buzz he might have got from J Edgar just died. I don't see the critics handing him trophies when these trailers and ads are playing at the same time. That sucks.

  • wray | November 16, 2011 1:53 AMReply

    Doesn't look s good as I was hoping out of Tarsem.....but based on the trailers alone I prefer this one of the other.

  • Mike | November 16, 2011 12:44 AMReply

    Oh Tarsem, why must you squander what potential you have? Immortals is forgiven as a paycheck movie that still looked distinctive and exciting, but what's the purpose of this one, and why produce something so flat? Yeah, The Fall is looking like a one off success now, go back to material you're personally attached to.

  • Lauren | November 15, 2011 8:54 PMReply

    looks very adorable, of course it's different than K.Stewart one, but I actually like this one better with all the beautiful visual and cheerful mood. Snow White has always been one of my favorite disney cartoons, I am taking my niece to see this cute one :)

  • padre | November 15, 2011 8:40 PMReply

    Video "No longer available".

    The other Snow White trailer was unexpectedly awesome. It instantly moved from my Meh category to MUST SEE. Having skipped the whole Twilight thing, it will be my first KStew movie.

  • paul | November 15, 2011 8:10 PMReply

    i could actually care less about either snow white film, but this looks like something kids esp. little girls will like.

  • Tika | November 15, 2011 7:34 PMReply

    Tarsem is certainly going back to his roots here... the beginning song/dance sequence sounds oddly Indian and a cheap impression of a Bollywood film. An odd choice to embrace your culture... it's one of the most American fairytales... jeez louise

  • caro | November 15, 2011 7:24 PMReply

    i smell the guilty pleasure if it's fun because it looks awfully campy

  • James Kang | November 15, 2011 7:20 PMReply

    It's like a live-action Dreamworks Animation movie, which is bad enough, but the self-important voice-over makes it even worse.

  • get | November 15, 2011 7:08 PMReply

    Wow this is embarrassing. Looks especially pathetic next to Snow White and the Huntsman. Although that could suck too, who knows.

  • Rinachan | November 15, 2011 7:06 PMReply

    Darn....where are Tarsem Singh's amazing COLORS!

  • omg | November 15, 2011 7:05 PMReply

    Snow way!

  • Jack | November 15, 2011 7:04 PMReply

    This movie looks so fucking ridiculous . Lame

  • Jp | November 15, 2011 6:58 PMReply

    Lily Collins looks so much like Mira Sorvino throughout this entire trailer.

  • kitcon | November 15, 2011 6:55 PMReply

    Among many other things, Charlize's evil queen not only looks better and more evil, she looks like she's having more fun than Julia's.

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