Tarsem brings his usual visual flair to this otherwise bland comedic take on the classic Snow White fairy tale. Julia Roberts is fun as the evil queen, and the late Eiko Ishioka's costumes are stunning, but otherwise the film is awkwardly paced and lacks energy. A terrific last minute Bollywood-esque musical number gives a glimpse of what the film could have been.
Julia Roberts as a lusty drag queen dressed by one of the greatest film costume designers of all time. Little people who aren't portrayed as magical creatures or one-note jokes. Thick eyebrows. Yeah, three stars.
The art direction and costume design, like in all the other of Tarsem's films, is magnificent. The story is bland, the characters are uneven and the casting is questionable. Overall, I actually think this could have ended up a good movie had there been some different takes selected. Felt like rushed production. Worth watching through till the end.
The costumes are worth watching this film alone. They are truly some of the most splendid works I've ever seen in film. The sets and art direction are also terrific. I only wish the whole film had been a musical in the vein of the final credits, as it would have been much more energetic and alive and the mediocre acting and script would have been much more passable.
Visually impressive, especially with the jaw-dropping costumes. The film's main problem is the script, which lacks of inspiration and feels recycled. Lily Collins is gorgeous and that's about it. Armie Hammer is wasted, he could have done a lot more if the script allowed him to, but he is able to work with what he was given. Julia Roberts and Nathan Lane are funny, nothing memorable. The final scene is perfection.
Good fun. Tarsem isn't as unleashed as I would like to, but I must admit that restrain in this case it's been a good choice (even though we have the prologue and the entry in the mirror - pure eye candy). It has its drippy moments, but the humorous and optimistic tone is very refreshing in this era of SERIOUSNESS, GREY TONES and other nolanian clichés. Way better than Immortals but still far away from The Fall.