Whether you have youngins or are just young at heart, there's a good chance you've been anticipating the premiere of the family-friendly tale Mirror Mirror. This modern twist on the classic fairytale, Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs, stars Julia Roberts and Lily Collins (daughter of musician Phil Collins) and opens in theaters today.
Directed by Tarsem Singh, this film follows Roberts, the evil Queen, as she retells the legendary story of Snow White from her villainous point of view. If you're down with dwarfs, Prince Charming, and amazingly gorgeous costumes, Mirror Mirror might be right up your alley.
Will this contemporary remake live up to the Brothers Grimm original or the Disney classic? Well, the movie reviews are in! So let's hear what the critics have to say ...
Christy Lemire, Associated Press:
Julia Roberts chews up the scenery and spits it back out again with great brio in her first truly villainous role as the evil Queen in Mirror Mirror ... Roberts rules her at every turn, even when she flashes that iconic smile in cruel fashion. She seems to be reveling in playing a role that's such a departure.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times:
Ms. Roberts, Ms. Collins, and Armie Hammer, as Prince Alcott, look as pretty as fairy-book illustrations, but their performances are similarly one dimensional, as if they had been art directed into place instead of cut loose.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:
This is not a faithful retelling of the versions by the Brothers Grimm or Walt Disney, but neither is it a satire, nor much of a story in its own right. But it's great to look at.
Linda Holmes, NPR:
It's not reinventing anything, it's not awards bait, and it's not trying to become your favorite movie of all time. It's a clever, luscious-looking fairy tale you really can take kids to — no allegedly family-friendly snot-and-fart humor here — and a bundle of high style and sharp wit and terrific performances for yourself.
Sheri Linden, LA Times:
This Snow White (Lily Collins) can get gussied up with the best of them, but she also holds her own in a fencing duel. And — hello, switcheroo — she rescues a prince in distress.
Ty Burr, Boston Globe:
But if this isn’t the single most irritating performance of Roberts’s career, I’d be hard-pressed to name what is.
Wow, so it sounds like the artistry and visuals are breathtaking and at least some critics think Julia Roberts is pretty good at being bad -- plus, this is good, clean family fun with a not-so-stereotypical twist, too. At the very least, Mirror Mirror could make for a swell weekend outing -- with popcorn.
Here's the Mirror Mirror trailer:
Will you be seeing Mirror Mirror this weekend?
Image via Mirror Mirror