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My review of “Mirror Mirror” (a.k.a. “It’s better than the trailers. I promise.”)

March 30th, 2012 by Rick Marshall · No Comments ·

Mirror Mirror” premieres in theaters today, and as you might have already seen me mention online, it’s far better than the trailers make it seem. Much like “John Carter,” Tarsem Singh’s new film is actually a very fun, family-friendly movie that impressed the heck out of me with its balance of all-ages adventure elements and eye-catching effects. While it’s not quite as good as “John Carter,” it’s definitely worth checking out — especially if you know any kids who seem interested in it. I feel pretty confident that they’ll love it.

Here’s an excerpt from my full review of “Mirror Mirror” that ran last night:

Tonally, Mirror Mirror is the photo-negative of films like The Cell and Immortals. Where his earlier films were dark, serious, and filled with death, Mirror Mirror is bright, fun, and celebrates life. This cinematic U-turn extends to the film’s characters too, with Mirror Mirror offering up vibrant performances played for laughs instead of the painfully earnest, tortured souls that populated Singh’s previous films.

While it’s no surprise that Roberts gleefully owns every scene she appears in and seems to genuinely enjoy her role as the film’s comically evil Queen, the seven actors playing the dwarves are the film’s real treat. Rather than opting for an endless parade of tired jokes about their height, Mirror Mirror gives the audience a group of dwarves whose comedic moments come from witty dialogue and the actors’ great sense of timing. This results in laughs that are not only intentional, but sincere — and a desire to see more of the dwarves than you get in the film.

You can read the rest of the review at DigitalTrends.com.

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