Mirror Mirror out April 2 - Romantic Fairytales

March 23 2012

Visionary director Tarsem Singh (Immortals) rewrites fairy tale history as a wicked enchantress (Roberts) schemes and scrambles for control of a spirited orphan’s (Collins) throne and the attention of a charming prince (Hammer). When Snow White’s beauty wins the heart of the prince that she desperately pursues, the Queen banishes her to the forest, where a ravening man-eating beast hungrily awaits.

Rescued by a band of diminutive highway robbers, Snow White grows into an indomitable young woman determined to take back her realm from the treacherous Queen. With the support of her subjects, she roars into action in an epic battle that blends spectacle, magic and contemporary humor in Singh’s signature, jaw-dropping visual style.

With Mirror Mirror set for release on April 2nd, we take a look at the fairy tale comedy alongside some of the other great romantic fantasy and fairy tale films of our time...

Mirror Mirror – in cinemas 2nd April
The classic fairy tale comes to life

Taking on the classic fairy tale of ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’ with unrivalled style and spectacle, visionary director Tarsem Singh puts Oscar winner Julia Roberts in the shoes of the wicked Queen, with rising star Lily Collins as the iconic Snow White. With Sean Bean as the King, and Armie Hammer’s Prince Alcott and Nathan Lane’s bungling butler Brighton bringing some wicked wit to the proceedings, this spirited adventure comedy comes filled with jealousy, romance and betrayal that will capture the audience’s  imagination.

Memorable moment: The sharp swords and sharp tongues of Snow White and Prince Alcott clashing in the forest duel!

Labyrinth (1986)
A' mazing tale of never-ending fantasy.

From the genius depths of Jim Henson’s mind, we saw the emergence of David Bowie’s Goblin King Jareth and the many weird and wonderful inhabitants of his kingdom.  A cult children’s classic from the off, this fantasy film saw a young Jennifer Connelly star as Sarah, a wilful teenager who inadvertently conjures up Jareth and soon finds herself lost in his realm.

Echoing the psychedelic lands of fantasy novels such as The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Henson’s Labyrinth is a hyper-real, hyper-vivid fairy tale of goblins, fairies, monsters and babies.

It’s true, the film benefits greatly from a killer soundtrack, five of which were written and performed by Bowie himself and the pioneering puppet technology, however, the film’s real legacy remains in its simple, yet classic, fairy tale narrative.  Throw in a bunch of puppets, ranging from the cute to the grotesque, and you have a recipe for success. Besides, who didn’t grow up wanting a Ludo of their own?

Memorable moment: Any scene with Bowie.  A desperate romantic at heart, Jareth tears up the screen whenever he appears, flitting between friend and foe in his quest to seduce Sarah.  Just don’t mention the age gap.  Or those trousers…

The Princess Bride (1987)
Heroes.  Giants.  Villains.  Wizards.  True Love.  - Not just your basic, average, everyday, ordinary, run-of-the-mill, ho-hum fairy tale.

Written by one of Hollywood’s veteran screenwriters, William Goldman of Butch Cassidy fame, this 1987 gem of a movie still stands today as one of the most original, humorous and bizarre comedy adventures to date.  This film has it all; quicksand; fire swamps; giants; monsters and, errr… ‘Rodents of Unusual Size.’

Structured as a story-within-a-story, this is a magical mystery tour of quotable lines complete with star turns by the swashbuckling Cary Elwes and enchanting Robin Wright who appear as the ill-fated lovers.  It’s a perfect romance.  Our couple fall in love instantly, there is no need for words and as an audience member, you don’t want to hear them.

Under the meticulous direction of Rob Reiner, Chris’ Sarandon and Guest shine as the dastardly Prince Humperdinck and Count Tyrone Rugen and top it off with one of cinema’s finest cameos (Billy Crystal, in case you’re wondering) and you have the perfect, romantic movie. 

Memorable moment:  Go on, you know you want to; ‘Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.’

Enchanted (2007)
This fairytale princess is about to meet a real Prince Charming.

Paying homage to the ‘enchanting’ Disney movies of the past, this fish-out-of-water tale is an incredibly cute, incredibly likable and incredibly witty film.

Starring as Giselle, Amy Adams perfectly encapsulates all a Disney Princess should be; wide-eyed, noble; endearing and mawkish to the point of distraction.  But it works.  Both Adams and James Marsden, playing her foppy, bumbling Prince Charming, Prince Edward, mimic the inflated, larger-than-life gestures of their 2D counter-parts.

But it’s the romance with her ‘real world’ Prince Charming, Robert Philip, the dashing Patrick Dempsey, that really is the epicentre of this piece.  Her optimism and romanticism is perfectly counter-balanced with Philip’s cynical, New York view of life and as she warms the hardened heart of Philip’s, so too, does she yours.

Memorable moment:  When the real world and classic Disney collide in the larger-than-life musical number ‘That’s How You Know.’

Stardust (2007)
Love is Magic

Based on the illustrated novel by the incredible Neil Gaiman, Stardust tells the story of a magical, alternative world of witches, pirates, ghosts and fallen stars.

In an attempt to win the heart of his village crush, ragamuffin Tristan, goes on a quest to find a fallen star, but in order to do so, his has to venture into the other-worldly realm, known as Stormhold.  It is here, that the film really takes off and sparkles.  Crammed with familiar faces; from the iconic, Robert De Niro, Peter O’Toole, to the bizarre, Ricky Gervais, Tristan meets, greets, fights, laughs his way through this fantasy land, all the while, slowly falling in love with the one thing that lead him there; the fallen star.

Of course, this entertaining, romantic fantasy differs somewhat to the original novel.  It’s dark, menacing nature is replaced with a fluffier, family friendly atmosphere, but it still has moments of black humour, striking an original tone.   Romance here is shown with heroic deeds, swashbuckling heroes and gallantry, a perfect fairy-tale film for those who aren’t necessarily a fan of the fairy-tale.

Memorable moment:  Got to be Michelle Pfeiffer’s rejuvenation after she eats a portion of a fallen star’s heart and let’s face it, it is some achievement to make Pfeiffer look as unattractive as she does as the elderly witch.

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