Swanner: As you know every once in a while we have two movies scheduled to screen the same night. On those nights we each see a film. Most of the time Brian ends up with the dog. It appears the tables have turned because I went to Wrath of the Titans. Yes, I got the pleasure of sitting through the latest 3D Titans movie. This time around Cronos has convince Hades that he’ll let him keep his immortality if he helps him destroy the rest of the gods. Brian went to see Mirror, Mirror. Was it a win-win?
Judd: I still can’t believe I picked the fairy tale movie and you picked the action movie. Mirror, Mirror is a take on the Snow White story, with the focus more on the Evil Queen (Julia Roberts) than on Snow White (Lily Collins). Directed by Tarsem Singh, the same guy who brought us the campy and delightfully horrible Immortals, Mirror, Mirror shares the same camp delivery, gorgeous costumes and beautiful mix of live action sets and CGI. Your fear was that it was going to try and be the next Princess Bride. Mirror, Mirror speaks at both the child and adult level as Princess Bride, I think Mirror, Mirror comes across a little more snarky and glib – as it should since the focus is the bad guy.
Swanner: Wrath of the Titans was actual shot for 3D so that aspect was so much better than the last time. The movie as a whole was better than the first one for what that’s worth. I think the new director helped. Jonathan Liebesman has a good sense for action, we saw that in Battle Los Angeles, and this film is all action. The story line really is nothing more than I said before (why it took three writers I don’t know) but it moves well and the effects are all really good.
Judd: Julia Roberts is fantastic as The Queen, but for me the standout was Armie Hammer. Between Channing Tatum and Armie Hammer, we’re learning that the new generation of pretty faces have some comedic chops. At one point in the film, Hammer is put under a Puppy Love Spell, and he plays it up like an excitable pooch. Very cute. Lily Collins is practically forgettable as Snow White, but then the movie really wasn’t about her.
Swanner: Damn it. Why didn’t I see that one? The biggest problem with Wrath was that I wasn’t rooting for anyone. If they died…they died. The movie had no heart. Even if you can look past the rewrite of the mythology you’re still just watching an action movie. As an action film it was good but, I really like a movie that pulls me in and gets me involved. Wrath was un-involving and empty. It’s like a relationship based on sex. The action is great but afterward there’s nothing to talk about.
Judd: You missed out. If I liked Mirror, Mirror, you would have loved it. The second act was a little slow, and much of the focus during that time is Snow White and the dwarves. The dwarves are very entertaining, but Lily Colin sucks the energy out of almost all her scenes. A more personable Snow White would have made this movie much better, but it’s still pretty darn good.