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Sunday, March 1, 2009

Phoebe in Wonderland

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: A nine-year-old girl (Elle Fanning) tries to cope with the as-yet-undefined mental illness that is making her "different," by acting in her school production of Alice in Wonderland.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Elle Fanning, Felicity Huffman, Patricia Clarkson, Bill Pullman, Campbell Scott, Ian Colletti, Bailee Madison, Peter Gerety

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: PhotobucketProceed with Caution. This is a great movie, but as you can tell from the description of the plot, it's not for everybody. And by "everybody", I obviously mean, people who don't want to deal with a movie about a child with a mental illness. But if you're still reading, maybe this one is for you?

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: It's very quirky. Proof: Patricia Clarkson is in it.

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: I almost cried from watching that adorable Elle Fanning smile. And that was before the dramatic stuff happened, so you can only imagine.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: I did witness, in the movie, one of the first Oscar worthy performances of the year. No surprise, this film has award winners Felicity Huffman and Patricia Clarkson in it... But I'm not talking about them. Patricia Clarkson is superb in this movie, but much too subtle to get noticed by any doler-outers of awards. And I was one of the first people to jump on the Felicity Huffman bandwagon when I saw her brilliant performance in Transamerica... But in this movie, she is seriously upstaged by a 9-year-old. Will somebody please give that child an Oscar?!

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Just in case I haven't gushed enough about Elle Fanning yet, I'd like to also mention that she brings a completely different quality to the screen than her older sister, Dakota, and I hope that after this film people will start to think of her for roles because they want her, and not just because Dakota is too old.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: Because the movie takes such a deep look into this child's imagination, there are a lot of opportunities for poetic visual story telling, and first time director, Daniel Barnz, does not miss seizing them.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: The family scenes have several moments of pure brilliance. But there are also some moments that read false, mostly having to do with the behaviors of the teachers and the principal.

Q: Where can I see the trailer?


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