MIRROR MIRROR (2012)
I really like this one.
In a nut-shell:
When the evil queen (Julia Roberts) shows her true colours and raises the taxes of the poor village people with some help by her servant Brighton (Nathan Lane) to finance a giant party for young Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) who she intends to marry - her stepdaughter Snow White (Lily Collins) allies with seven not too tall rebels, who live in the woods and make a living out of their robbing business..
|~Just great: Jordan Prentice as Napoleon, Joe Gnoffo as Grub, Sebastian Saraceno as Wolf, Lily Collins as Snow White, Martin Klebba as Butcher, Mark Povinelli as Half Pint, Danny Woodburn as Grimm and Ronald Lee Clark as Chuckles.. ~|
So if you're a fan of...
... fairy tales
... Tarsem Singh's brilliant style of photography
... clean humour
... films you can watch with the younger members of your family
... daughters of musicians starting an acting career.. (said musician here is a certain Phil C. ...)
... great persons in small heights
please watch this film!
|~ Prince (Armie Hammer)? What Prince??? I love her outfit! And Lily Collins is very, very cute.. ~|
Ok - worst part first - just to get over with it: I am no outspoken fan of Julia Roberts. I think I would not decide to watch a film because of her. It's not like I would avoid to watch a film with her - she is just no cause to make me watch a film. Ok.. that was that. And now I can tell you that I enjoyed her performance in this film.
Anyway: look at this picture to get a feeling for Tarsem Singh's amazing style:
|~ Evil Queen (Julia Roberts) in a gorgeous gown.. ~|
If you've never seen a film by him before: Please, start with this one - his other films are maybe a bit more intense in the visual department (and by that real eyecandy..) but they're also more cruel and contain almost painful scenes and pictures. Whenever you have a chance to watch them on big screen please do so. These films are real, real happenings. (Anyone asking himself whether Tarsem Singh might or might not be one of my favourite recent directors? Stop questioning yourself, folks! He certainly is!! Hm.. I know other bloggers are fond of lists.. maybe I should do one.. at some point..)
|~ I love the films of Tarsem Singh because of their wonderful looks.. ~|
The seven bandits are just wonderfully casted! Of course Martin Klebba is doing one of his famous stunts (that guy would freak me out.. I would carry a first-aid-bag where-ever we would go..)
As I said before: this film you can surely watch with children - there were lots of them around when my sister and I went to watch this one.. But I guess I am the only one to get nightmares by two marionettes.. (all the children around were laughing hard.. - and I was okay with it too while watching the film - a few days later I dreamt just a horrible little dream with those marionettes creeping up at me.. yes, ladies and gents yours Irene is a cissy.)
|~ Julia Roberts' evil queen goes trough some treatments to keep her good looks - it's a bit satirical.. ~|
But altogether: This film is really cute and has a lot of humour which will work fine with your (or other people's) children - and maybe with you, too - if you're not too high brow in that departement.. It's a cute and clean humour - you know: the kind that gives you the impression Disney would have produced this flick.. (no - it's actually no Disney film..) - the kind of at some times silly humour which has a prince under a puppy love spell acting like a dog..
|~ trying to break a spell: Napoleon (Jordan Prentice) and Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer).. ~|
Oh - and just by the way: Yours Irene was very pleased to finally see the King.. It was a certain actor she is very fond of.. an actor who was in LORD OF THE RINGS (2001-2003), ANNA KARENINA (1997), and a certain recent TV show which's title contains another word for play and a special kind of seating furniture.. (2011) *cough, cough* .. DON'T SAY A WORD (2001), please..
Have a look - though the king won't appear..:
Oh - and yes: Lily Collins' eyebrows are a bit of the good old Elizabeth Taylor kind.. I actually liked that. Though it's quite unusual for a heroine in a film these days - isn't it?
I think this film is the cinematic equivalent of a slice of cake: Once in a while one likes just to lean back and enjoy - and stop thinking too much..
Thank you very much for listening..
Yours very well and truly