Wonderland

March 15, 2010 § 1 Comment

Saw Alice In Wonderland in 3D [non-IMAX] Friday night. Thoughts:

1. It actually didn’t require much thinking. The storyline is straightforward and does not contain many surprises.

2. This is the second 3D movie I’ve seen, and I wasn’t extremely impressed by either. It’s cool but a bit gimmicky and leaves me with a cross-eyed headache in the end.

3. Apparently lead actress Mia Wasikowska went to the same school in Australia as the friend of my floormate Paris. She’s 20 but easily passes for 16 in the film.

4. The one outstanding thing about this movie is the costume design. Every time Alice changes clothes, which is rather often for a short movie, we see a new and lovelier piece.

5. Alice gets kind of annoying, actually, because she keeps running away from everything.

6. The ending is kind of terrible, like they couldn’t bother to come up with something sensible or satisfying so they half-heartedly created something acceptably Disney-esque and left it as is. Then again, the movie doesn’t seem to be about the ending [if you know what I mean], so let’s not focus on it.

7. I didn’t like this as much as The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus; there is no emotional investment whatsoever in Alice’s situation.

8. My friend Kiran loved the film because of the three strong female leads going to battle, which is indeed a rare occurrence.

9. Johnny Depp, Alan Rickman & Helena Bonham Carter are forever awesome. Anne Hathaway is forever Princess Diaries, which is only slightly less awesome.

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

February 11, 2010 § Leave a comment

I went into The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus knowing I’d love it, and so I did. My thoughts:

1. In order to fully comprehend this movie, you need to know that Heath Ledger died midway through filming. I would recommend reading Roger Ebert’s review to prepare yourself for the revolving door of actors.

2. It’s a colorful fantasy film that is kind of along the lines of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Fall, two of my favorite movies.

3. Heath Ledger AND Johnny Depp?? HELLO? [And Jude Law & Colin Farrell if you’re into that kind of stuff.] We all know that Depp looks great with eyeliner, but did you also know that it’s not bad on Farrell,  totally wrong on Law and almost unnoticeable on Ledger [probably because we’re used to seeing his Joker face]? Yet, the film does not focus solely on that character; it goes deeper than I expected.

4. My friend Joe didn’t like it because he thought too hard about everything. Just let go of logic and enjoy the journey. That way, everything is also hilarious instead of confusing.

5. Lily Cole plays her role memorably — much respect to the former model.

6. It was Heath Ledger’s very last film. He will never make another after this one. Enough said. [Can you tell he was my favorite actor?]

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