The queen dismisses the cost and demands the power. The price she pays, in turn, is steep – a refreshing morality tale about dabbling in the dark arts that is unusual from a genre that usually treats magic as neither good nor evil.
As a film, the story is a bit simplistic, and the script has its holes, but the characters are delightful, the dialogue is often outright hilarious and the costumes and sets are marvels on the screen. “Mirror Mirror” is never particularly profound and doesn’t deserve to win awards (except, perhaps, for costuming), but it was more entertaining than I had expected, and most audiences will likely enjoy it, from children right though grandparents.
But “Mirror Mirror” is also a story about a ruler gone corrupt and the nature of oppressive government. Is it only coincidence that it “mirrors” so closely the current administration?
The queen has lived in isolation from the people for years (Columbia, Harvard, the White House, vacationing in Hawaii and Paris – if you catch my hint) and slowly finds herself in charge of a financially crumbling kingdom (the U.S. isn’t a kingdom, but the parallel is still there, yes?).