21 July 2012

Movie Saturday: Mirror, Mirror

Today is movie marathon Saturday again, and the first movie viewed was Mirror Mirror, the Julia Roberts version of "Snow White".  I suppose this is one of the main goals of a movie, but thankfully this movie was a quick hour and forty-five minutes, and I can detail a few of the ways that this movie was able to accomplish that feat which challenges more than a few movies.

Firstly, it did everything it could to be over the top.  If you didn't like the dialogue, you could focus on all the wild outfits, or how they dressed the town set in nothing but shades of brown and grey.  They pumped up the dwarves from the stereotypical Disney miners to highwaymen who wear stilts... and can manage to outrun horses at full pace (?!).  Each of the dwarves had a personality, The Prince Charming character was stripped out of his clothes more than once, and Snow White got to reenact the Zorro movie with him as the movie continued.

The movie is pretty much what you would think though, a showcase for Julia Roberts and her ability to try to go as over the top as possible.  She pretty much does as promised, and I suppose that the best part of her ability to go over the top was that she knew full well that she couldn't occupy the screen 99% of the movie, as if she did the movie would have been far more of a burden.

As mentioned above, the movie sailed along, though to be perfectly honest it was the very epitome of a popcorn movie... entertainment with very little thinking behind it, for the most part.  Though there was one glimmer of a very interesting concept lurking at the very end of the movie.  It happens when the movie shows Julia Roberts as the old crone trying to give Snow White the apple... and Snow White acts so evilly, it almost gave me hope that there'd be another five minutes describing how Snow White was the true source of evil in the kingdom.  Alas, that was not to be.

Ultimately, on my four-point scale, I would rate it a 2.3.

This movie absolutely passes the time, though other than Julia Roberts there's really nothing memorable about this Snow White... heck, while the dwarves were more interesting, I think that in four months, I'll remember the dwarves from the Snow White television movie (the RAINBOW DWARVES!) more than this movie.

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