Mirror Mirror is a live action twist on the old story of Snow White. While some of these live action twists have failed in the past, Mirror Mirror actually succeeds as being a fresh take on a traditional Disney story. It has just enough of the past to make it familiar but more than enough changes to make it fresh.
The story starts with the self-serving queen declaring that this story is about her instead of Snow White. This opening scene is very interesting, if a bit dizzying in nature with its spinning orbs. It passes quickly into the live action.
The Queen is broke and needs to marry a rich prince. In the meantime, Snow White has reached the age of eighteen and has never been outside the castle walls. The Prince is on a quest for adventure, never dreaming that he will become the victim of thieving dwarfs.
The movie itself is very quirky. There is a lot of unexpected humor in this movie. Some of it was quite funny, such as the Prince in his underwear. Other times it fell a little flat and some of the jokes were repeated.
I did like the revamped Princesses who learns the fine art of fending for herself and takes a very active role in saving herself. However, the Prince was really more of a humor element than a real hero. It was only at the very end that the Prince showed some Princely traits. But it is the Prince’s companion that kind of raises the most questions. After the first couple of minutes, he disappears and never reappears, even at the end.
But it was the dwarfs that truly made this movie quite unique. There are eight instead of the original seven. Their cleverness and very real problems make this crowd highly appealing. Their solution to problems and overcoming obstacles are the inspiration for the entire movie.
Mirror Mirror is definitely a movie that will appeal to kids. It is funny and quirky but has some aspects that kids can relate to. I really liked this updated twist on Snow White. It is worth watching with your Princess fans.