Movie Review – Alice: Boy From Wonderland
What a surreal, moody, broody, twisted little movie. I adored it, as I have always been a fan of ghost stories and haunted houses. Especially with tragic tales (but aren’t they always?) as back stories. This was a strange piece of work… definitely not a mainstream film. It reminded me of Werewolf Boy (which is far, far superior in every way), in that it’s so odd, so touching, so horrible, that I know it will stick with me for a long time. It’s basically about a young woman whose nightmares have become so thick they’re blurring into reality – and threaten to take her, and her family, to the grave. With the help of her aunts, she goes to an inbetween-world, Wonderland, an estate that burnt to the ground but is, mystically, available to our Alice for a few precious days while she sorts out her past and the souls lost that are still pulling at her life.
Jung So-Min plays our lead female – and she was perfect as the surreal, beautiful, dreamy girl caught between worlds. Hong Jong-Hyun was lovely as the tragic soul who clings to her side, helping her navigate the strange world she now inhabits.
Eerie. Romantic. Bloody. Confusing. A dream within a dream in a dream world. Not a bad way to spend an evening. If you liked movies such as… The Others, The Girl In A Swing, or Skeleton Key or even something like Virgin Suicides or The Dreamers, you’ll probably like this one.
Review – My Beautiful Bride
Basic Plot – a banker proposes to his pretty young girlfriend and a few days later, she disappears. As he tries to find her, everyone is dragged into the secret vortex of these people’s lives and the criminal underworld – including you, dear viewer.
I loved this show from the first episode. It had a strange vibe. A uniqueness. It reminded me, in a way, of Heartless City… which also lives by itself in a universe of its own genre. Not quite this, not quite that. Violent, bloody, scary, romantic, sentimental, intimate, intense… with action galore and these nice old school thriller shots (you know, the kind were you just follow someone down a dark alley and the tension just grows and grows until you’ve chewed your nails to bits and are jumping at every shadow wondering when something is going to happen). It jumps back and forth in time. It reveals the plot slowly, in layers. You think you know the show in episode two? Nope. Episode four? Nope. It just keeps changing, morphing, becoming more brilliant.
And then… mysteriously… horribly… I lost interest in it entirely around episode 9 and no longer cared what happened to anyone. I had to force myself to finish it – but I’m glad I did. Part 2 had an entirely different tone, but it was still interesting… just not in the same awesome way as Part 1. It’s like going on a date with someone who got up suddenly in the middle of dinner, went to the bathroom, put on a wig, changed clothes, and sat back down sporting a foreign accent. What? What’s happening?! This was not the show I asked out to dinner… but I still wanted to know what would happen. I can’t help but think this would have been a 10/10 drama if it were 10 episodes long instead of 16.
Overall Rating – 10/10 First Half, 6/10 Second Half…. so 8/10 Average. What Happens When Your Fiance Falls Into A Dark Rabbit Hole And You Go Chasing After.
Light spoilers follow…