Mir­ror Mir­ror a bit off-the-wall

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plays the ma­nip­u­la­tive evil Queen in Mir­ror Mir­ror, or­der­ing min­ions around, plot­ting to kill her step­daugh­ter Snow White and tax­ing the poor to pay for her ex­trav­a­gant life­style. Most of­ten seen in in­spi­ra­tional roles, Roberts rel­ishes play­ing the vil­lain – and she’s not the only one. Though rather silly, Mir­ror Mir­ror’s re­deem­ing qual­i­ties lie with en­er­getic cast mem­bers who throw them­selves into ridicu­lous roles. Seven rebel dwarfs team up with an ex­iled Snow White for combat train­ing. Ar­mie Ham­mer ( J Edgar and The So­cial Net­work) is the dash­ing Prince, fre­quently shirt­less (much to the Queen’s de­light) and dosed with a puppy love po­tion that makes him whine, pant and fetch. It’s so ab­surd you have to smile. The Queen sets her sights on the Prince be­cause she’s driven by a com­plex to re­main fab­u­lously rich and beau­ti­ful. As she’s nearly broke, her mir­ror ad­vises her to marry. The Prince, how­ever, has fallen for her step­daugh­ter Snow White (Lily Collins) so the Queen uses dark magic to put things right. Collins’ Snow is dull by com­par­i­son. Though she gets a spark when she teams up with the dwarfs, switch­ing from lux­u­ri­ous dresses to rebel clothes, she re­mains un­mem­o­rable. The hu­mour is child­ishly ob­vi­ous, but the cos­tumes, par­tic­u­larly those worn by Roberts, are stun­ning, each more elab­o­rate than the last. Stick around for the end cred­its and a Bollywood-styled num­ber. Mir­ror Mir­ror is aimed at kids and fam­i­lies. Adults may pre­fer to wait for the darker Snow White and the Hunts­man.

Roberts

opens to­day.

Lily Collins as Snow White in

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