MIRROR MIRROR. Boy did the critics (Rotten Tomatoes) and people (IMDb) eat this one alive. In my opinion very unfairly so! Yes, there was a somewhat ridiculous Bollywoodesque musical number during the credits (apparently the director is a Bollywood vet) and there were some pretty shoddy special effects during the film's climax...AND the film was pretty silly in general...but come on, there is a lot to really like here too. The film is fun, goofy and doesn't take itself too seriously. It's based on a fairytale and that's the way it should be. The magic is still there (we'll see how the drab Snow White and the Huntsman fares) and the cast is pretty great. Admittedly I would say Julia Roberts is miscast as they could have definitely found someone more cunning (weird though...she was incredibly convincing in My Best Friend's Wedding) and altogether more downright evil....but she has such a fun time with the role it's hard to hate her. And her costumes, as well as Snow White's are just incredible. I thought Lilly Collins (daughter of Phil how crazy is that?) was perfectly beautiful in appearance and personality as Snow White. Eyebrows and all :) (Honestly, I don't really see the fuss...)
But come on...YOU know why I truly loved this movie aside from those gorgeous production values of the sets and costumes. Yes, that's right. It was my celebrity crush, Armie Hammer. He was just perfect as the prince. Incredibly handsome and also hilarious when needed to be. He and Collins had a very sweet chemistry and had some really tender moments. Aww. Where's my Prince Armie Hammer?? Honestly, it's not perfect. But...I'd recommend it for him alone. It's harmless.
But this film does portray these teenagers' discoveries very honestly and, as a result, the audience thoroughly enjoys being taken along for the ride throughout the course of the film. However, that feeling couldn't be sustained through the whole movie...what would be the point? So the final act definitely took a darker turn that did make me sad and kinda took me off the high that the film had previously set up...but I still respect where the story decided to go and how everything all turned out (even if I would have done things differently and that I noticed there were a few plot holes..all I'm gonna say is come on...go for an ATM dummy!); the conclusion was certainly thrilling. Not a life changing film or even genre changing film....but it's well made, fun and entertaining. I was pretty captivated throughout and I keep thinking what I would do if I had powers. There would probably be a few more car accidents. And also somehow Armie Hammer would come to love me.
Well, that oughta do it. Unfortunately, there's really nothing noteworthy coming out til May...so I guess I'll have to stick with the rentals til then. And the t.v. shows of course :) Anywho. Stay tuned for my best and worst of 2011. Hopefully, it shall be worth the wait...