Mirror Mirror a bit off-the-wall
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.
Lily Collins as Snow White in