In theatres today: Mirror Mirror

Carly thinks this modern twist on the classic Snow White tale will be a hit with the whole family.

By Carly Deziel
In theatres today: Mirror Mirror

The new family-flick, Mirror Mirror hits theatres today. This tale adds a dash of modern day fun to the well-known and beloved classic, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. This is not your average Snow White — it’s directed by Tarsem Singh (The Cell, Immortals), a master of visually stunning sets and costume designs, and features an all-star cast including Julia Roberts as the evil Queen, Nathan Lane as the Queen’s loyal servant and Armie Hammer (a.k.a. the faces of the Winklevoss twins in The Social Network) as the charming and surprisingly likable Prince.

For the kids:
In this version of Snow White, you meet a timid princess who, before long, learns how to fight, survive and eventually save the prince by the end of this twisted tale. Your little ones will be stunned and pulled into this visually dynamic world that starts off very cold, dark and set in a castle high a top a mountain-cliff, surrounded by a sparse snow-covered forest — but by the end, when the evil Queen is beaten, all is warm and vibrant, just as a fairy tale should be. And did I mention the costumes? Hands down, your little girls' jaws will drop at the dresses worn by Lily Collins (who perfectly portraits Snow White) as well as the diabolical Queen’s wardrobe. I think even the boys may find it difficult to tear themselves away.

For the parent (a.k.a. Why I loved it):
First, let’s start with the Dwarfs, they may have different names, but their characteristics are pretty much the same, and they are still very loveable. Note to Seinfeld fans: You may notice that Grimm, one of the seven little men, is played by Mikey, a.k.a. Kramer’s acting partner.

The rest of the cast is great! Julia Roberts and Nathan Lane are perfectly paired together — both add funny, witty, side-remarks throughout the film. Lily Collins (that’s right, daughter of Phil Collins) and Armie Hammer, as Snow White and the Prince, really do have the ideal chemistry for the little ones in the audience. And lastly, the director steals the show. If anyone has the seen cult-classic, The Cell, or the more recent Immortals, then you'll understand why I can’t stop raving about how amazing this film looked. The dark-magic world, where the evil stepmother’s alter-ego lives — otherwise known as “in the mirror” — will play perfectly to children with the wildest of imaginations.

Bottom Line: This film is funny, entertaining, visually amazing and all boils down to a great time for everyone in the family! Oh, and I should note, there is a battle scene with a pretty scary beast — which may give the younger ones in the audience a bit of fright.

Suggested Age: 6 years +
Rating: PG

This article was originally published on Mar 30, 2012

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