Movies reviewed this week: Alice Looking Through Glass, Ghostbusters, The Legend of Tarzan and Bollywatch: Kabali
Alice Looking Through Glass
The long-awaited sequel to Tim Burton’s 2010 gothic masterpiece Alice In Wonderland has finally hit the big screen – and not before time. Alice Through The Looking Glass is well worth the wait, with Australian actress Mia Wasikowska, who plays the title role of Alice, reuniting with Johnny Depp (The Mad Hatter) and a brilliant Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen.
Based on Lewis Carroll’s classic story, Alice Through The Looking Glass launches straight into some impressive special effects. With Alice now the captain of her own boat, her adventures on the high seas see her fleeing pirates before finally making it home safely to England. But all is not good at home, and Alice finds a way to return to the kooky world of Underland via a mirror. It’s here that we are re-introduced to the beloved, but odd, characters we met in the first movie – The Mad Hatter, The Cheshire Cat and Tweddledee and Tweedledum, just to name a few.
But with an ailing Mad Hatter, Alice must find a way to travel back in time to save her old friend – and it’s here that we finally discover the back story to the characters, including the hostility between those warring sisters, the Red Queen and the White Queen (Anne Hathaway).
With a budget of US$170 million (RO65m) the special effects are excellent and the story a fun adventure. Can Alice save the day? Only time will tell.
Review by Felicity Glover
Let’s get one thing straight – there’s nothing wrong with an all-female cast for Ghostbusters, despite numerous media reports to the contrary. Sure, we loved the 1984 original, starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramos, but a little bit of girl power in the remake is also hilarious. And let’s not forget the welcome touch of eye candy thanks to Chris Hemsworth. The new team – led by Melissa McCarthy as paranormal researcher Abby Yates – tackle ghouls with plenty of attitude and humour. Give it a shot.
The Legend of Tarzan
We’ve seen quite a few versions of The Legend of Tarzan but we have to say none look quite as good as this one starring a seriously ripped Alexander Skarsgård. The Swedish actor plays Tarzan, otherwise known as John Clayton III, who returns to the jungle 10 years after leaving to live in Victorian England with his wife, Jane (Margot Robbie). While a decade may have passed, Tarzan, unsurprisingly, has lost none of his jungle skills, which is a good thing as they find themselves in a precarious position when an old enemy returns.
We think it’s safe to say that Kabali has been one of the most highly anticipated films to show in Oman for quite some time, with hundreds of people last Thursday (July 21) reportedly queuing from early morning on the day of its debut here to buy tickets. And we can see why – the gangster-drama film stars popular South Indian actor Rajnikanth, an industry veteran with the “Midas touch”. Kabali, which was directed by Pa Ranjith and shot mainly in Malaysia, sees Rajnikanth play an ageing gangster who is desperately trying to protect his family from his many enemies. Definitely a must-see.