If you are looking for a last-minute stocking stuffer or inspiration for the new year, I highly recommend Mirror, Mirror. It is a delightfully clever and emPOWERed twist on the classic Snow White. Queen Clementianna (Julia Roberts) is the evil, abusive step-mother, who is a wickedly hysterical parody of the greedy 1% on Wall Street.
Yes, there is a handsome prince. And, the Queen wants him and his money to fund her extravagant lifestyle and to warm her bed. Prince Andrew Alcott (Armie Hammer), however, is entranced by Snow White (Lily Collins).
So, the cougar Queen enlists the support of her sycophant servant Brighton (Nathan Lane) to murder Snow White in the forest. Spoiler alert: the poison apple isn’t eaten by Snow White.
Snow White has her own allies on the royal staff. The royal baker Margaret (Mare Winningham) organizes an 18th birthday celebration for Snow White and presents the king’s dagger to her. Spoiler alert: Snow White uses the dagger to slay the beast.
In the forest, Snow White meets the thieving, ninja-like dwarfs and forms a strategic alliance with them. They teach her how to access her inner-power, and she uses her position to enhance their status. Think Occupy Wall Street meets Robin Hood and Pretty Woman. My politically active, feminist friends will enjoy the satirical analogies to the 2012 presidential campaigns.
In a brilliant plot twist, Snow White rescues the prince from the Queen’s drug-induced spell. A spirited duel ignites their passion and proves the pair are evenly matched. Yes, good wins out over evil, and the movie ends happily ever after with two very clever plot twists.
I’ll probably watch this DVD again before I return it to bolster my spirits and get me in a positive frame of mind for 2013.