‘Who’s the fairest of them all,’ is a cruel question to pose to a Hollywood beauty in her forties facing competition from ever-younger starlets, but Julia Roberts gamely takes it on the chin in Mirror Mirror, a snazzy tongue-in-cheek reinvention of the classic fairy tale Snow White.
Oozing vanity and disdain, she’s the story’s evil queen, the usurper of the throne that should rightfully belong to her timid stepdaughter Snow White (porcelain pretty Lily Collins). When Armie Hammer’s handsome, swaggering prince turns up, the Queen needs her beautiful young rival out of the way and dispatches her to certain death in the surrounding forest.
But the surprisingly feisty Snow White instead teams up with a septet of, er, diminutive outlaws to win back her realm. Turning the dwarfs into stilt-wearing bandits and the prince into the butt of many of the jokes, the film takes distinctly offbeat approach to fairytale convention, but if the snarky tone doesn’t always work, the lavish visuals provide ample distraction whenever a joke falls flat.
Released on DVD, Blu-ray Double-Play & EST by StudioCanal on Monday 30th July.
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