by Candace Salima, US Daily Review Contributor
The Snow White Legend Comes Alive
Director: Tarsem Singh
Starring: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane
I was privileged to attend an advance showing of the latest Snow White offering, Mirror Mirror, which opens March 30th, not the 16th as the poster suggests. We settled in with our popcorn, drinks and Pizza Hut, because the Larry Miller Megaplexes in Utah have wonderful restaurants in the actual theaters and you can take dinner straight into the theater and watch the movie in style!
I’ll admit right up front, I’m a longtime fan of Julia Roberts. A brilliant actress, there seems to be no role she cannot tackle, and the evil stepmother to Snow White is no exception. She plays the role with great wit, charm and and underlying evil too blatant to deceive any viewer, which is the whole point. Julia brings a freshness to the role that had me laughing throughout the movie. Of course, the way she stays young … yeah, I was grossed out. I’ll admit it.
Lily Collins does a great job portraying Snow White. But this Snow White is very different from the one of old. She transforms herself from a beleaguered and embattled princess, to one who is handy with a sword as she and her band of merry men a.k.a. the dwarfs, set out to steal from the Queen and return the money to the people.
And this brings us to Armie Hammer’s portrayal of Prince Alcott of Valencia. Armie is a familiar name in my household because my nephew is in one of Armie’s upcoming movies. So I paid attention. He was funny. And when I say funny, I mean FUNNY. When the Queen mistakenly doses him with a potion of puppy love, oh wow, Armie did a great job. Best line of the whole movie was “I yearn for the nectar of her skin.” Believe me, it will make you laugh too.
Nathan Lane was his brilliant self as the chief bootlicker to the evil queen. He plays the “allegiance to the one in charge” role with great aplomb. Meaning, he grovelling to the Queen was well done.
I guess you can say, I really liked this movie. I laughed through the whole thing, and enjoyed myself tremendously. I’m going to give Mirror Mirror 5 stars in keeping the story light and funny, while teaching us of sacrifice, growth and true love. Because really, you can’t have Snow White and not have it end in true love.