|Julia Roberts should have known better!|
|Friday, 17 August 2012 00:00|
Film: Mirror Mirror
Cast: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Arme Hammer, Nathan Lane, Michael Lerner, Jordan Prentie, Sean Bean, Mare Winningham
Director: Tarasem Singh Dhandwar
Now 45 years of age and showing it, how does a movie actress, more acclaimed for her looks than her talent, carry on a film career consisting solely of leading parts.
Julia Roberts, remembered for the ideal casting when she wowed us 22 years ago (1990) opposite Richard Gere in “Pretty Woman”, or with Glenn Close and John Malokovinch in “Mary Reilly” (1996).
One way, I suppose, is to be willing to take a role in which she is clearly the villain. Such a film is “Mirror Mirror”, farcically bringing back to life, in not very welcome fashion the unforgettable “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”, Walt Disney’s groundbreaking animated feature film.
Immediately apparent, from the start, was the poor judgment which resulted in a very loud, jingly musical accompaniment from the very beginning to the very end. For lengthy periods the dialogue of the film was completely inaudible.
A further indignity for Miss Roberts who, after all, was at one time clearly on Hollywood’s most popular list, is that for most who see the film, she will be passed over, with whatever praise the film engenders, attributed to a new and darling face, the 18-year-old actress Lily Collins.
I believe that my reaction will also be that of the majority of the film’s viewers. A fate that a former Hollywood leading lady can hardly swallow easily.
Granted, it was difficult from the outset to make a live action film and call it a sequel to Disney’s 1937 classic which is always recalled by senior citizens who are asked to list their favourite films. Of particular interest some will undoubtedly call it bad judgment is the casting of seven real life dwarfs, one of whom, at least, has enjoyed a successful 20 year Hollywood career.
My guess is that viewers will feel obliged to compliment the film’s giving to the handicapped a chance to shine; at the same time finding them non-photogenic, to say the least. I look forward to learning how the film, made this year, fare with the public and the critics in America.