Review of Reviews - Mirror Mirror
What we said, and they said, about the new Julia Roberts-starring fairytale
What we said
Singh drops in a few visual flourishes, but he’s weighed down by a script that relies heavily on Shrek-like modern snarkiness in period garb for its laughs, without any Shrek-like jokes.
What they said
The film sleepwalks along confidently enough in its numb, semi-unfunny, semi-unserious way. But the tale’s passion and subversion have been removed.
Mirror Mirror is not, thank goodness, something that could ever come out of a focus group. It’s the opposite of Tim Burton’s brash, chaotic, dispiritingly popular Alice In Wonderland: here, the artistry of the cast and crew leaps off the screen, not 3D computer graphics.
Singh, the man behind such quasi-surreal follies as The Cell, offers his singular aesthetic vision to the template of the classic fairytale. The result is a colourful and sophisticated spin on a well-known tale, recommended for children of all ages.
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Mirror Mirror is out now on general release.