Fairest of them all fares well

Taylor and Howe welcome young reviewer to give her take on new Snow White comedy, Mirror Mirror.

  • Apr. 8, 2012 2:00 p.m.
The Seven Dwarfs

The Seven Dwarfs

Mirror Mirror is a wee bit of a weird one.  Is it a family movie or a young person’s romantic comedy?

With this in mind, we have enlisted the help of Peter’s 17-year- old daughter, Brooklyn.

Mirror Mirror is based on the classic Snow White, which is a very old fairy tale told by different European cultures, made famous by the Brothers Grimm.

We really needn’t retell the story here. Even in this updated version, everyone lives happily ever after.

We Say. “Take the kids and grandparents, leave them there.”

BROOKLYN: I could best describe Mirror Mirror as the pre-teen/teen version of Disney’s Snow White. It’s got the beautiful, stylish, and modern Snow, the dreamy, eloquent Prince, a comical version of the Seven Dwarfs, and a whole lot of humour, some of which only the younger generation will appreciate.

This movie creates the perfect scene for every girl’s dream: a gorgeous, angelic teenager who is stifled by an evil queen, rebels against everything she’s ever known, fulfilling her dreams and making people envious in the process, as well as coming across the perfect partner.

HOWE: The sets are splendid, the forest scenes are eerie, and the costumes are beautiful. I think they should bring back the ruffle. Did my ears deceive me or did I hear a few laughs coming from your direction, Mr. Taylor?

TAYLOR: The film looked fine, it did nothing to offend the eyes. I’m a fan of self-deprecating comedy treated in realm of family films when done well, and this film made me chuckle, once or twice, quietly, to myself. Yet, this film is like a tall glass of tepid water, it’ll do if you’re thirsty.

HOWE: Obviously not so quiet.

BROOKLYN: I thought Julia Roberts took a very unique approach to the queen. It was unexpected and eccentric, but nonetheless effective. Lily Collins, I found, got the sweet innocent voice of Snow White down to an art, and provided a modern and relatable character.

HOWE: I will agree with you on Julia Roberts performance, she makes a wicked witch. Nathan Lane does what he does best, way over the top and loud. As for Lily Collins, I didn’t find her annoying except for her caterpillars.

TAYLOR: The only dudes in the room were little boys, or those in tow…. except for us.

BROOKLYN: There are lots of twists, laughter, beauty, and love. What else do you need in a movie? I found it entertaining.

TAYLOR: It’s a little chick flick. It’s cute.

HOWE: It’s fun, it’s colourful and humorous. I did enjoy the slapstick humour from the seven dwarfs and the romance between Snow and the Prince wasn’t over the top. By the sound of the audience, everyone was really enjoying themselves, even me. Michelle, get the kids, we’re going. Ta ta.

Brooklyn gives Mirror Mirror 4 poisonous apples out of 5.

Howe gives it 3 bumbling butlers out of 5.

Taylor gives it 3 focus groups out of 5.

–– The film is currently screening at the Galaxy Cinemas in Vernon.

Vernon residents Brian Taylor and Peter Howe review the latest films for The Morning Star every Friday and Sunday.