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Mirror, Mirror Review

The tale of Snow White comes alive

My husband and I decided to go to a movie today, and once again, we didn’t have a lot of choices. We decided to see Mirror, Mirror with Julia Roberts. I’d seen previews and read some reviews and had mixed feelings about seeing this movie, but it was the best offering of the available choices.  I didn’t realize until later that while my husband had heard of the movie, he wasn’t sure what it was about until it started. We both thought it was a decent movie, not great, but good. I give it a B minus.

Mirror, Mirror is a retelling of the tale of Snow White, the version you were never told as a child. Julia Roberts plays the Queen, who put a spell on Snow White’s father, the King, in order to get him to marry her. After the King is killed in the forest, the Queen exiles Snow White, played by Lily Collins, not allowing her to leave the castle. The Queen has also devastated the village, continually taxing the people so that she can use the money to throw lavish parties.

One of the castle’s bakers (Mare Winningham) convinces Snow White to sneak out of the castle and visit the village. On her way through the forest, Snow White encounters a Prince (Armie Hammer) and his page after they have been attacked by ruthless bandits (the seven dwarves).  The Prince is enchanted with Snow White, but they are headed in different directions. Snow White continues to the village and the Prince heads to the castle.

Upon seeing the Prince, the Queen comes up with a scheme to get the Prince to marry her and solve her money problems. After crashing one of the Queen’s parties, Snow White is banished to the forest, where she encounters the seven rebels. After a debate amongst themselves, they allow Snow White to stay with them. The dwarves teach Snow White battle skills so that she can fight the Queen. Snow White foils the Queen’s marriage to the Prince, and in the end, the Princess gets her Prince.

This movie has some funny moments, and some not-so-funny moments, but all in all, it’s a light-hearted version of the classic fairy tale. There is no foul language and no violence, so it’s appropriate for children as well as adults. As with many movies of this type, there are some jokes and references that only adults will appreciate. This film is a good break if you’re looking for a movie that doesn’t require a lot of thinking on your part, and you’re just looking for a couple of hours of entertainment.