The greatest of life’s many tragedies is that it’s so damn unfair.
Evil often triumphs over Good.
There’s often no penalty for cruelty, gluttony, debauchery, savagery and a raft of other venal acts.
And, oh yes, good movies sometimes meet a sorry fate at the box office and the hands of critics.
We just returned from a screening of director Tarsem Singh Dhandwar’s Mirror Mirror.
Pleased as punch.
Certainly not a masterpiece or classic but most definitely an eminently watchable film.
From what we could gather, the audience (hall was about 60% full) seemed to be having a good time too.
But if you were to visit a meta reviews site like Rotten Tomatoes you’d find Mirror Mirror’s rating at a mere 50%.
Because half of the reviews are critical.
And unfairly so.
Well, nobody ever said life was fair
Considering that the Brothers Grimm fairy tale of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves has been told numerous times on the screen, many may have rightly felt it was a reckless act on director Tarsem Singh’s part to accept to helm a remake of the film.
But, boy, what a fine job Tarsem and his crew have done bringing a fresh look at an old story.
Not merely a dazzling visual spectacle, the movie is a fine amalgam of wit, love, cruelty, good acting and old and new faces.
Hollywood veterans like Julia Roberts (evil Queen) and Nathan Lane (Brighton) unite with pretty, young, fresh faces like Lily Collins (Snow White).
Lily Collins ably holds her own against a strong cast.
The young lass is already being hailed as the new Audrey Hepburn.
We’ve always loved Julia Roberts and her solid performance in Mirror Mirror added an extra dimension to our affection for the Pretty Woman.
But Mirror Mirror is not your grandfather’s Snow White.
Writers Melissa Wallack and Jason Keller achieve the impossible by bringing a novel, fresh cheeky take to the oft-told, age-old fairytale.
Although Melissa and Jason keep the broad framework of the fairytale unchanged, they adroitly maneuver in the innards of the story through some clever sleights of hand to make the story interesting to viewers.
The dialogs, particularly when the dwarves are around or when the evil Queen is kinda soliloquizing, crackle with wit and verve.
As is to expected given Tarsem’s reputation for bringing rich imagery in his films, the photography in Mirror Mirror is bewitching and totally satisfying.
The rich visuals of the court and the Queen’s dresses are a sight to behold.
Bollywood Icing on Hollywood Cake
And for desis like us, the Bollywood ishstyle dance set to the song I Believe in Love – Boy Meets Girl at the end of the movie with Lily Collins demurely looking at the camera was the icing on the cake. 🙂
SI thoroughly enjoyed Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror.
SearchIndia.com delightedly recommends Mirror Mirror to our dear readers.
The movie is playing in theatres across the U.S.
Go for it!