Julia Roberts and Lily Collins star in “Mirror Mirror,” a new take on the legendary Snow White tale.

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“Mirror Mirror” came in third at the box office over the weekend, grossing $19 million domestically, trailing “Wrath of the Titans” at $34.2 million, and the highly-successful “Hunger Games,” at $61.1 million. “Hunger Games” has now broken the $250 million mark domestically, and maintained the top spot at the box office for the second consecutive week.

Perhaps more than ever, Hollywood executives continue lining their pockets by sticking to a formula: remakes, sequels, trilogies, sagas, and screen adaptations.

“Mirror Mirror,” while not a bad addition to the “Snow White” legacy, is just another example. This time around, perhaps in the spirit of April Fool’s Day, the formula surprisingly failed. Perhaps “Hunger Games” is to blame, or perhaps viewers are growing tired of seeing the same old stories come to fruition. Depending on its success, “Snow White and the Huntsman,” to be released in June, might shed light on the topic.

Regardless, “Mirror Mirror” is worth a try, if for nothing more than its comedic take on the age-old tale, but it certainly needs help in making up its $80 million production budget.

The film follows the legendary plotline of Snow White (Lily Collins), who, after plotting with the charming Prince Alcott (Armie Hammer) to overthrow Queen Clementianna (Julia Roberts), is exiled from the kingdom.

Ordered to be killed, Snow White is spared by the Clementianna’s assistant, Brighton (Nathan Lane). Lost in the dangerous woods, Snow White happens upon the home of seven dwarfs, who reside in the woods and make their living as renegades and thieves.

Amidst debate, Snow White is allowed to stay with the dwarfs, who teach her the skills of battle as she prepares to overthrow Clementianna. Prince Alcott, told Snow White has been killed, reunites with her after attempting to bring justice against the thieving dwarfs. In a battle of love, Alcott is placed under a spell by the Queen, who herself aspires to marry him despite his desire for Snow White.

In an effort to restore the kingdom to its previous glory, Snow White and the dwarfs must find a way to bring Alcott out of his spell if he is to help them overthrow the corrupt Queen and give Snow White her rightful honor as the kingdom’s new ruler.

While the tale is decades old, the film brings enough creative, contemporary additions to prevent it from growing stale. Julia Roberts plays the part of the evil Queen to perfection, and never misses a beat when it comes to comedic relief. Collins and Hammer have great on-screen chemistry, making the dialogue seamless and conversational.

The film offers some beautiful location shots, a well-formed pace, and a plot that can be enjoyed by viewers young or old.

After watching “Hunger Games” for the third time, give “Mirror Mirror” a crack.

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