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'Mirror Mirror' Early Review and Round-Up: Leave Princess Fairy Tales to Disney

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood March 29, 2012 at 4:29PM

"Mirror Mirror" means a lot to producer/distributor Relativity Media, which needs hits in order to survive. That's why the $60-million PG flick is aimed so squarely at a mainstream family audience. Visually, it looks like a movie directed by Tarsem Singh ("The Immortals"), but it doesn't feel like one. The movie will play young. Very young.

Roger Moore:

"If only they'd put more 'Heigh Ho' into the script, found more funny things for Nathan Lane (the queen's aide) to say and do. If only Roberts had had the guts to play mean (This is an image-obsessed movie star pulling her punches.). If only they'd found a Snow White with some spark to her. 'Mirror Mirror' leaves us with those 'if onlys,' and reminds us that the original incantation missed the big point. Casting 'the fairest of them all' can't save you from a heroine as dull as her character's name."


"Somewhere between the pitch meeting and the movie's opening, this sadly earthbound fairy tale lost its happy ending. 'Mirror Mirror' is minor minor,..Part of 'Mirror’'s problem is that the screenplay, credited to two writers and with a third getting a story credit, is all over the place. At times, it seems that the movie is a satire about anxiety over aging, as the Queen frets over who’s the fairest in the land. But it also hints at a political agenda, as when the villagers are told that the onerous taxes collected by the Queen are being used to keep them safe, and at being about feminism, as when Snow White and the Prince battle for the upper hand while bickering or crossing swords."

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