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Mirror Mirror (2012)

review

It always amazes me that studios always bring out the same type of movies around the same time. If one type of movie is succesful other studios try to bring out something similar. This year it seems to be time for the fairytale movies based on Snow white. Tarsem Singh (The Fall, Immortals) was the first movie to appear and him being known for his unique visual style I was really looking forward to seeing it.

Tarsem Singh has really impressed me with the visual style of his movies. The Cell, The Fall and Immortals looked stunning and a big part of this was the collaboration with costume designer Eiko Ishioka. Unfortunately she passed away at the beginning of the year. Mirror Mirror is the last collaboration with Singh and again the costumes are amazing and Tarsem frames everything the way you expect him to. Fairytales seem to be the perfect fit for his style.

Mirror Mirror takes the original fairytale and adds its own little changes making it a unique experience. The evil queen is played Julia Roberts, who really has a lot of fun in the role. The movie is filled with jokes, which some might find a bit silly, but it was the type of humour I really enjoy. It’s a succesfull retelling that looks and feels like a true fairytale.

Score: 8

  • Jaina says:

    I was so excited when they said Tarsem Singh was going to be doing Snow White. Though as the project wore on… I got less and less excited. Don’t really have much inclination to see this despite yours and other’s fairly positive reviews.

    It’s fairytale season, what with 2 Snow White films, 1 Snow White/Fairytale esque TV show, 1 Beauty & the Beast TV show and 2 Beauty and the Beast films coming up. Oh and not forgetting Hansel and Gretel with Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton. Fairytales are apparently in!

    June 12, 2012 at 1:47 pm
    • Nostra says:

      It’s a silly movie which I had so much fun with. Wow, didn’t realise there were so many fairytale things on its way!

      June 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm
  • Lesya says:

    I’m always surprised when similar films get released at about same time, too. Just how do they do it?
    I hope I’ll like this one.

    June 12, 2012 at 2:28 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Well, I guess it’s not wanting to lose out earning money and a bit of spying what other studios are doing.

      June 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm
  • sati says:

    Wow, a positive review! That one actually makes me want to watch it, even if only to compare how it looks next to recent Snow White film.

    June 12, 2012 at 7:20 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Yep, I really liked it :) Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did!

      June 13, 2012 at 3:35 pm
  • ruth says:

    I generally like Tarsem’s work but wasn’t interested in this one. Glad you enjoyed it Nostra, I’ll give this one a rent.

    June 13, 2012 at 1:06 am
    • Nostra says:

      Give it a chance, you might enjoy it!

      June 13, 2012 at 3:37 pm
  • Castor says:

    I don’t know. This looked ridiculously childish and totally not my thing when I saw the trailers. I doubt I will check this out despite your positive review.

    June 13, 2012 at 4:58 am
    • Nostra says:

      I have to admit that it is very silly and will appeal to kids, but I could really enjoy that. If you didn’t like the trailer, you wouldn’t like the movie I guess…

      June 13, 2012 at 3:38 pm
  • The Focused Filmographer says:

    This one was visually pretty, but it was just too over the top for me to really enjoy. on a scale of A-F I gave it a C+. Felt they could have done better. Nice to read your thoughts

    June 13, 2012 at 9:12 pm
    • Nostra says:

      It was very over the top, which as is clear from your comment, is not something everyone will enjoy. I did like it, but can understand your score.

      June 15, 2012 at 8:33 am
  • Inspired Ground (@InspiredGround) says:

    I enjoyed this as well, Nostra. A bit surprised. I think if I’m still a kid I’ll love it more. I agree with the costumes, they are exquisite. Lily Collins is a far better Snow White than K-Stew. But I was a bit surprised with the song she sang in the end, a bit bollywood-ish and when I read the director’s name, I understood

    June 14, 2012 at 4:54 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I still want to watch this with the kids. I think they will love it though. I liked that closing song a lot, just because it sounded exactly like a Bollywood song, but with English lyrics.

      June 15, 2012 at 8:34 am

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