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ALICE IN WONDERLAND [Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp]
–Women rule the underworld in Tim Burton’s trippy take on the classic children’s story. Red Queen vs. White Queen while a plethora of dreamy and psychedelic encounters abound for a confused Alice.
THE GHOST WRITER [Ewan McGregor, Pierce Brosnan, Olivia Williams. Kim Cattrall]
–Landing a cushy writing gig for a former-Prime Minister involves sleuthing and peril in this exceptional, taut thriller.
All films are currently in theaters.
It seems we’ve seen every type of ghost film there possibly could be and that’s why Ghost Town doesn’t seem to be venturing into any uncharted waters. This film lacks the romantic premise of Ghost where the murdered lover returns to simultaneously tie things up with the love of his life and solve his own murder. This film is not some zombie film where the undead return to wreak havoc on the living. No, here we have those who have died with little [or big] things that are bothering them and they seek some resolve.
A sarcastic, misanthropic dentist named Bertram Pincus [British funnyman Ricky Gervais] technically died on the operating table for seven minutes and suddenly sees dead people everywhere! And they are talking to him endlessly. This is certainly not an original or funny premise. It feels like we’ve seen it all before somewhere though I cannot immediately put my finger on it.
A ruthless cheater Frank Herlihy [the affable, cute Greg Kinnear] was engaged to Gwen [the even more adorable and talented Tea Leoni]. Now he sees she is engaged to another and he wants that broken off and he thinks that Bertram can make it happen. Frank is determined that Gwen never marries this new guy. Why? I guess even in death he wants her to be miserable. So Frank feeds Bertram material that only Frank and Gwen would know and bing, bang, soon Gwen and Bertram are friends and hitting it off. Gwen seems motivated and open-minded while Pincus is just annoyed at everyone and everything the majority of the time.
Ghost Town moves at an excruciatingly slow pace and is as enjoyable as having a cavity filled. It is a shame because Gervais, Leoni and Kinnear should be working with much better material.
Feast of Love is set in Portland, Oregon where Bradley [Greg Kinnear] owns a coffee shop and ends up being terribly unlucky with love though he wants it more than anything else. Morgan Freeman plays his friend, a writer and the man who looks upon all the goings on with that breezy wisdom he’s perfected. As the film opens, Bradley is at a baseball game with his wife Kathryn [Selma Blair]. She flirts with a woman on the other team and soon enough she leaves him for her. Bradley meets Diana [Radha Mitchell] in his coffee shop. After a rousing sex romp, the two fall for each and marry. She’s carrying on an affair with a married guy. When Bradley finds out, he’s devastated but soon bounces back, meet a woman and gets married again. There’s the young and in love couple, Chloe and Oscar, as well.
There’s no substance to the relationship between Oscar and Chloe. Feast of Love is more like Buffet of Sex. Scene to scene. The film is trying to make sex look like love or it’s pushing these relationships without any real character development. Radha Mitchell does an excellent job. Mitchell’s character explores the idea of monogamy and the complexities of settling down. I used to have a crush on Greg Kinnear but he does do the nice, oblivious guy again and again. Perhaps I’m just way too cynical for this film. I feel I will never find love and I really want sex but want to be in like at least.