Mia Wasikowska in Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Alice Through the Looking Glass Is a Waste of Time

Disney’s Alice in Wonderland, which came out back in 2010, was a bit of a gamble. It was the studio’s first live-action retelling of one of their classic animated films. It was mostly CGI, which is ungodly expensive. And it starred a relatively unknown actress at the time (Mia Wasikowska) in its titular role alongside a well-known character actor who was starting to face backlash for his oversaturation (Johnny Depp). But it was a HUGE success, crossing the $1 billion mark, which helped greenlight the live-action retellings we’re seeing now: Maleficent, CinderellaThe Jungle BookBeauty and the Beast. Continue reading “Alice Through the Looking Glass Is a Waste of Time”

Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella

Cinderella: A Beautiful, Dead-Horse-Beating Film

Ella (Lily James) is forced into servitude by her stepmother (Cate Blanchett) and her stepsisters, Drisella (Sophie McShera) and Anastasia (Holliday Grainger), after the death of her father. Just when everything seems hopeless, however, she meets Kit (Richard Madden), her kingdom’s prince, who must choose a bride at the ball. Continue reading “Cinderella: A Beautiful, Dead-Horse-Beating Film”

Disney's The Lone Ranger

The Lone Ranger: A Good Movie Under a Bad Mask

I think I cursed Gore Verbinski. In my World War Z review, I said going over-budget is a bad omen for a film. I also said that the only directors who can go over-budget and still turn a profit were Michael Bay (Transformers franchise) and Gore Verbinski (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise). Well, it looks like Verbinski’s luck just ran out. Now, we just have to hope that curse finds its way to Michael Bay so we won’t have three more Transformers. Continue reading “The Lone Ranger: A Good Movie Under a Bad Mask”

Anne Hathaway in Les Miserables

Guys, Seriously…Les Miserables is a Musical

I was reading some user reviews for Les Misérables out of sheer curiosity when I stumbled across a true gem. One reviewer had written that there was “too much singing in this movie.” Yes, that’s exactly what they said. ABOUT A MUSICAL MOVIE. And now I’ll let Helena Bonham Carter as Madame Thenardier show you my reaction to that statement… Continue reading “Guys, Seriously…Les Miserables is a Musical”