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.