Friday, March 30, 2012

Mirror Mirror

'Snow White' gets a facelift with this re-imagining of the first feature length animated Disney film.  And, as is often the case, you really shouldn't mess with the classics.

This time Lilly Collins (daughter of Phil) plays Snow White and Julia Roberts plays the wicked stepmother.  And yes, there are seven dwarves, a handsome prince, a magic mirror, and a poison apple, but the story has been changed quite liberally, and to no real gain.  The movie succeeds with the visuals, for which director Tarsem Singh is known, but fails in the storytelling.  (And I feel the same about his other films 'The Cell', 'The Fall', and 'Immortals'.)  Even the talents of character actors Nathan Lane, Michael Lerner, and Sean Bean are all wasted.

When new Disney films are made or old ones are updated, I often ask myself, what would Walt have thought?  For this one I don't think he'd be any more pleased than I was.  If you have a young daughter, feel free to take her to see it; She'll probably still enjoy it.  But otherwise steer clear and revisit the 1937 classic instead.

Grade: C-

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