Bottom Line: Occasionally lacking scene-to-scene confidence in what will simultaneously please kids and adults (thankfully, the two merge every so often), this wildly unbalanced yet often engaging family friendly flick delivers. Vivid, bold, colorful and still somehow, from time-to-time, jarringly bland – it’s the cinematic equivalent of taping your lids open and dousing your eyes with Pixy Stix-flavored-sugar-dust. Subtle glimpses of inventiveness, spirit and charm combined with a deliciously mischievous turn by Julia Roberts, however, means you probably won’t be too Grumpy buying tickets to this offbeat spin on the Snow White fable.
Starring: Julia Roberts, Lily Collins, Armie Hammer and Nathan Lane
Directed by: Tarsem Singh (THE CELL, THE FALL and IMMORTALS)
Running time: 106 minutes
Story: A wicked enchantress schemes and scrambles for control of a spirited orphan’s throne and the attention of a charming prince. 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. (Relativity Media)