Cast: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane
Running time: 106 minutes
Hollywood is suddenly enamoured with the story of Snow White and this year we have two movies which are adapted from the fairytale.
That ought to give you some idea that both Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Hunstman are not quite like the fairytale we are familiar with.
This DVD starts with Snow White (Collins) who has spent much of her growing up years locked away in the castle after her father, the King, goes into the forest to fight an evil creature and never returns.
Her stepmother, the Queen (Roberts) is the one who has been running the kingdom and seems to be jealous of Snow White and her beauty.
The palace baker tells Snow White she should go outside the castle to see what her kingdom is really like. This is when Snow White learns how miserable her people are under her stepmother's rule. She also meets Prince Andrew (Hammer) who has just been robbed by a group of bandits.
At a dance thrown by the Queen, Snow White and the Prince meet again and it is obvious that sparks fly. Unfortunately, the Queen – who is entertaining thoughts of remarrying – is also eyeing the Prince.
The Queen then decides to get rid of Snow White so that she is then the fairest in the kingdom. She orders Brighton (Lane), her henchman, to take Snow White to the forest to kill her. He takes her to the forest but doesn't kill her. He leaves her in the forest and returns with animal parts as “proof” that he killed Snow White.
Alone in the forest, Snow White soon meets seven dwarves who have been robbing the rich who dare step into the forest. They succeed thanks to the stilts they walk on and run with.
While the story is not much like the original one, I did like certain things about it – that the dwarves were a group of bandits rehabilitated by Snow White; and that she could hold her own in fencing; and most of all, the scenes of the dwarves running and leaping through the air like circus acrobats.
However, it was hard to dislike Roberts as the evil stepmother; we've watched too many movies with her as the sweet girl and the heroine rather than the evil one.
I also thought the closing scene strange because of the Bollywood influence. It was really strange and there was no reason for it.
All said and done, your kids will enjoy it though. There is a pretty princess, good versus evil, an evil queen, a handsome prince and it all ends happily. What's not to like if you're eight years old? Good watch. - Review by S.N.