Disney’s latest live action fairy tale is “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” the sequel to 2010’s “Alice in Wonderland.” However, the return to Underland is unfortunately heavy with CGI and light on emotion for viewers. The film, like the book it is based on, follows Alice some time after her first round of adventures in “Underland.” Here she is a sea-captain striving for her “six impossible things before breakfast.” But when she returns to land, she is confronted with the inevitability of growing up and taking responsibility. Saved by the bell,or rather the sound of Alan Rickman’s last performance to … Continue reading Alice Through the Looking Glass
When the announcement was made that “The Lone Ranger” was making its way to the big screen, I was skeptical. Not in the sense of skeptical that I am every time a book I enjoyed is optioned for film, but in the sense that I had absolutely no idea what the fuss was about. I knew about the Ranger and Tonto, and Silver, as well as the theme song and that was the extent of my knowledge.
The movie follows the lines of the most popularly accepted origin story, where a group of lawmen set off to find Butch Cavendish(William Fichter) and bring him to justice. An ambush leads John Reid (Armie Hammer) to don the mask and set of with Tonto (Johnny Depp) to find Cavendish and avoid a war between the settlers and the Comanche Indians.
In the scope of movies, musicals have not fared particularly well. The last attempt at a blockbuster musical was “Mamma Mia!” and while it did well, it wasn’t enough to break the genre into everyday territory.
This time, a far bleaker movie spearheads the attempt into mainstream. “Les Miserables,” based on the Victor Hugo book and made into movies and a Tony award winning play, could be vying for the big awards come early 2013 and can make or break the genres time in the spotlight. Continue reading “Les Miserables”