“Mirror Mirror” is a devilishly irreverent and funny movie that plays off of the story of “Snow White,” one of Hollywood’s original icons.
The twist is that “Mirror” is less about Snow White, than the evil queen and her abuse of power.
The movie could carry that story straight up, with its clever staging and sumptuous sets and costumes. What really wins for the film is its offbeat script. Nothing is serious, and everyone on camera has too much fun, including an over-the-top, wonderfully sinister Julia Roberts as the queen.
The story focuses on the queen and her two problems: She no longer is the fairest in the land; and she is broke. She needs to kill Snow White (Lily Collins), then marry the prince to re-establish her eminence.
Both Snow White and the prince have other plans.
After the lead of “Once upon a time…” nothing in this movie is quite as Disney once presented it. For sure, Snow White is beautiful and virtuous and the queen is pure evil, but similarities end there.
The dwarfs are like a bunch of locals gathered at the Legion, drinking beer, arguing … then wandering out and robbing travelers in the woods. Nathan Lane is not the stern, upright woodsman, but a gay page sent out to kill Snow White.
The handsome prince is kind of a doofus. And, the movie’s fade-out is straight Bollywood.
Still, it all works.
Roberts plays the queen as “psycho crazy,” at once serene, then whimsical, then maniacally overwhelming. She is wonderful in this role. You should take your little girls to see Snow White, the funny dwarfs, and the handsome prince.
Take yourself to watch Roberts rage wildly over the contemporary ravages of middle age.
Jim Wigge is a Cazenovia resident and film-aficionado who reviews movies for the Cazenovia Republican. He can be reached through the editor, at email@example.com.