Friday, March 19, 2010
Phoebe in Wonderland
Theatrical Poster (ThinkFilm/AP Photo)
I got Phoebe in Wonderland on a whim. I had watched the trailer and thought it looked fun, quirky and inspiring. It was fun, quirky and inspiring, but it was also dark, raw, energetic and truly unique. The film is the directing debut of Daniel Barnz (who also wrote the film) and focuses on the Phoebe’s world, at school, at home and at play practice for Alice in Wonderland. Phoebe’s family works to find the balance of creative encouragement and discipline. I was completely drawn in, down the rabbit hole, of this film’s adventure. I have never seen a movie like this before and would highly recommend it. It may not be the best film out there and it certainly has it’s flaws, but it was well worth watching.
Patricia Clarkson (The Station Agent, Six Feet Under, Vicky Christina Barcelona) was absolutely fantastic as the ethereal and inspiring drama teacher who encourages her young students to “jump”!
Elle Fanning (Babel) was astonishing as Phoebe. She was wise, beautiful and portrayed her character with honesty and compassion.
The rest of the cast was rounded out with Bill Pullman and Felicity Huffman as Phoebe’s parents.
Movie Still (ThinkFilm/AP Photo)