The Cell and Immortals helmer Tarsem Singh is abandoning his preference for darker storytelling with the upcoming Mirror Mirror, a re-imagining of the Snow White fairy tale that offers a visually-splendid rendition of the classic Brothers Grimm story – but also one which appears to be so comically lightweight and brightly colored, it’s the cinematic equivalent of cotton candy.
Reactions to the official Mirror Mirror trailer were by and large negative, thanks in part to misled expectations concerning what sort of fairy tale film Singh would deliver – and, also because everything from Julia Robert’s hammy performance as an aging
wicked neurotic queen to dwarfs popping bad puns like “Snow way!” seem… well, a bit too goofy for anyone but the youngest of moviegoers to enjoy.
Mirror Mirror screenwriters Melisa Wallack and Jason Keller (Machine Gun Preacher) appear to have taken a fairly satirical approach to the tale of Snow White, resulting in a new version that features a more “modernized” incarnation of the eponymous character, along with some self-reflexive commentary concerning the standard tropes of the princess fairy tale structure – and, intentional caricature-like iterations of figures such as the Evil Queen, the Dashing Prince, etc. Combine that with some dazzling candy-colored production design and you have a film that may – or, alternatively, may not – be too silly for its own good.
On the acting side: Armie Hammer looks to be fully-committed as the comic relief prince, which will keep his personal win streak alive, following his great turns in The Social Network and J. Edgar. In fact, between Hammer’s performance as the often-clueless love interest, Roberts chewing the scenery as the queen, and the overly-quirky version of the seven dwarfs present in Mirror Mirror, one has to wonder how Lily Collins as Snow White WON’T end up being overshadowed by the rest of the animated cast.
Mirror Mirror was recently scheduled to hit theaters on March 16th, 2012, but it has been pushed back two weeks to March 30th. Regardless of how good (or not) Singh’s fairy tale movie ends up being, it’s safe to say: there won’t be any confusion between this film and this summer’s Snow White and the Huntsman, when all is said and done.
Source: Relativity Media (via Parents Connect)