Sunday, January 6, 2013

Mirror Mirror

When two films come out in the same year using the same story it is inevitable that they get compared against each other.  So the big question everyone wants to know is "which is better".  My answer is that Disney was best back in 1937.  "Mirror Mirror" is the first of the two that were released in 2012 with the other being "Snow White and the Huntsmen".  Tarsem Singh Dhandwar is the vision behind "Mirror Mirror" and no matter who was cast in the film I don't think the film could have been saved. 

The story is one that we all know from our childhood, with a few twists.  After the King (Sean Bean) vanishes, his wife (Julia Roberts) seizes control of the kingdom and keeps her stepdaughter, Snow White (Lily Collins), hidden away in the palace dungeon.  But when the princess attracts the attention of a charming and wealthy visiting Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer), the jealous Queen banishes the girl to a nearby forest.  Taken in by a band of rebellious dwarfs, Snow White blossoms into a brave young woman determined to save her country from the Queen

Now for that comparison; I thought that Charlize Theron was more sinister as the evil Queen in "Snow White and the Huntsmen".  Lily Collins was more innocent as Snow White in "Mirror Mirror".  The inclusion of Chris Hemsworth as the Huntsmen in "Snow White and the Huntsmen" was the biggest improvement.  However, the biggest difference was how the dwarfs were handled.  While "Snow White and the Huntsmen" used higher profile actors at least the dwarfs were properly casted by little people in "Mirror Mirror" instead of the false image trickery.  Unfortunately, Tarsem Singh Dhandwar messed up the dwarfs by giving the dwarfs stilts, seriously. 

Up to this point I would actually put the two films even as to which is better, but the ending of the film featuring Lilly Collins song "I Believe In Love" with a dance routine that reminded me of a Bollywood film was absolutely abhorrent.  It was just laughable that someone was able to convince the studio to include it and is the main reason that I give the film 1 Quack.  Watch the music video below and you be the judge.

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