Mirror Mirror (2012)

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

Release Date: March 30, 2012

Director: Tarsem Singh

Stars: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer

Runtime: 106 min

Tagline: One Bad Apple

An evil Queen (Julia Roberts) steals power of a kingdom and then hides the true fairest of them all, Snow White (Lily Collins), in the castle. That is until Snow is exiled and she must fight for her birthright with the help of seven resourceful dwarfs.

Out of so many remakes of a classic tale, this does not stand out.  This is simply inferior to a fairly good Snow White adaptation, Snow White and the Huntsman.

Mirror Mirror remains in my mind as a boring experience made better by the stunning Lily Collins. It’s easy to believe that she’s the fairest in all the land. Roberts isn’t, especially those eerie mirror or old hag versions of her. The dwarfs are rather unappealing, with one being that little Yoda-looking nerd from The Benchwarmers. Armie Hammer is just okay, but he’s a star I don’t thoroughly enjoy. Hopefully, my opinion of him changes with next year’s The Lone Ranger.

Anyway, back to the movie in the judgement chair. The only other good thing about this film is the fresh idea it brings to the table. It’s the first adaptation to have the Prince be romantically interested in both Snow White and the Queen. For a film that only has two redeeming qualities, this is still branded a waste of time and effort.

In a nutshell: Mirror Mirror may offer a nice action experience for the kiddies, but they’re the only ones who will enjoy this. Granted, it’s tailored for them, but it should be bearable for the parents who have to take the little tykes. For anyone of an older audience who has seen the original 1937 classic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will realize this is no worthy substitution.

40/100

Erin Brockovich (2000) Review

Erin Brockovich

Release Date: March 17, 2000

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Stars: Julia Roberts, Albert Finney, Aaron Eckhart

Runtime: 131 min

Tagline: She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees.

 Erin  Brockovich (Julia Roberts) is an unemployed single mother, who has hit a bad streak of unemployment. She gets in a car accident, and attempts to sue but after that ultimately fails – she tried to get work from her public defender,  Ed Masry (Albert Finney). With a lot of persistence and determination, she lands a job as a legal aid. Her wardrobe and attitude are constantly frowned upon,  so she would like to prove herself. Along with her determination, she starts an investigation of the Pacific Gas & Electric Company, which may just be a health hazard for a small town near to her.

                  Erin Brockovich is actually a pretty sweet and inspirational true story, with an incredible titular performance from Julia Roberts. Most of the characters were great and the story was pretty good.

The story was inspirational because of her [Erin’s] care for the citizens, and her passion for the law case she got herself involved with. It was also a little sad because she worked so much, and she didn’t have a lot of time for her children. The only characters I really only liked was Erin because of her charisma (but I didn’t like that she didn’t spend enough time with her children), and Ed Masry because he had a nice fair share of charisma. The other ones I didn’t care for dearly, mostly because I can’t remember all of them. Erin’s job did definitely affect her outside life, which made some scenes fairly poignant.

At times the story wasn’t overly interesting and it drag in some areas. If the film was just pure drama, it wouldn’t have been very great. There’s a lot of style and great humour offered, that makes it the most enjoyable. The humour is never hit-and-miss, it’s really all a great hit – and a lot of the jokes are quite memorable.

Erin Brockovich offers solid humour, a bit of poignancy, a great performance, and some dragged–out scenes and a sometimes-not-totally-interesting story. It’s really a film that can make one get on the verge of tears at some scene, and then have their face hurt from laughter in another.

 80/100