Classic with a twist

Upon seeing the trailer for “Mirror Mirror” (a Snow White parody) many people shrugged it off with distain, mentally comparing it to 2007’s “Enchanted,” however, you may be pleased to know, it is significantly better and lacks any terrible musical fluff.

Snow White and the seven Dwarfs is a staple among childhood fairy-tales and has been made into countless cinematic renditions throughout the years, but this one is in fact done quite well. Indeed the movie has its cheesy moments; the accordion-esque stilts that allow the Dwarfs to gain about five feet for ‘thieving purposes’ at first seem ridiculous and a tacky addition; however as time goes on you feel that they are ingenious; and the “training” that Snow receives to become “bandit” feels a bit laborious, but that is the extent of it.

Julia Roberts (“Erin Brockovich”) does a lovely and convincing job of playing the youth-obsessed evil queen opposite the fair skinned and ‘valiant’ hearted Lily Collins (“The Blind Side”) aka Snow White.
Something that screenwriter Jason Keller (“Machine Gun Preacher”) did incredibly well was tie up loose ends that the original fairytale never did, giving the viewer a new and intriguing level of depth into a well-known story. Within the course of the movie, you find out why the Dwarfs live all alone in the forest and you see what really happened to Snow White’s beloved Father.

Over all a pleasant and clever rendition of the beloved fairytale with a twenty first century twist of humor and charm, recommended for anyone with a soft spot for fairytales, Julia Roberts or cute semi-cheesy entertainment.