Date Released: March 6th 2009
Plot Outline: Phoebe in Wonderland surrounds the life of a little girl. We witness her struggles with her family, starring in the school play, and feeling different than everyone she knows.
I have to start off by saying that Elle Fanning is Incredible!!
Ok. Now that the facts have been stated…
Throughout the entire film we feel along with Phoebe’s suspicions that she is in fact different from other children. Something seems off and a bit odd for a child. OCD is rather obvious but there’s something more. We struggle along with her parents in trying to discover what really is going on with our adorable heroine.
The camera work was impressive. In one scene in particular, as the parents are fighting, phoebe and her sister are above them far off watching. The camera shows them in between the parents while they are fighting. We know their marital troubles involve the children and their priorities differ. They never seem to see eye to eye when it comes to their children, especially Phoebe.
Besides Phoebe’s family issues, I appreciated that we witness the discrimination Phoebe and her best friend, Jamie go through on a daily basis at school. Children attacking other children verbally, at times physically, and even out casting them is a real issue and I’m glad they made this movie as realistic as possible. Children go through a lot too and they really let us see that.
All of the emotion was well portrayed through the actors. Realistically portrayed, the struggles of a family especially if the family has a child with special needs. The strain on parents and on the sibling was made quite obvious and rang true to reality.
Among the incredible acting, plot, script, and camera work, the music was also impressive. It really backed up each and every moment with the desired feeling of the scene. It successfully strengthened the emotion in the scene.
Patricia Clarkson and felicity Hoffman are just jaw dropping. They are well-respected actresses for a reason and Phoebe in Wonderland proves that.
With an absolutely brilliant cast, Phoebe in Wonderland was nothing short of phenomenal. It is a sweet, inspiring drama. Complete with humor, a bit of mystery, and family dramas; Phoebe in Wonderland accomplished the ever sought after, ‘whole package’ film. It was a new twist on an old tale. It was risky, but quite successful.