In my post about Tim Burton's version last week I mentioned that I gave the film zero stars. I now change that to at least one star.
One might expect that I should give it at least something due to Tim Burton's effort to cover over the sloppy writing with his fantastic graphics and designs, but my argument is that as long as the story is so glaringly bad I can not forgive a movie for its superficial production value.
What I do forgive the movie for is the one particular actor who graced the screen, without me realising it until at least three or four days after seeing it:
Crispin Hellion Glover is a man I've recently become fascinated with. I did mention in the post that I thought it was an interesting idea to get up and close to the Red Knight, it was only a few days of thinking about it that his performance was rather excellent, and it gelled harder when I realised it was this particular eccentric, whome I've seen in at least ten other movies but never pinpointed him out until only recently when I've started reading about him.
The role I remember him the most was as "The Thin Man" from the Charlie's Angels movie (haven't seen the sequel), a film I'd give two stars - one for Crispin Glover gracing the screen with his almighty presence, another for Tim Curry and Bill Murray battling each other in those sumo suits. I would like to watch more movies that feature Crispin Glover, but like most great actors you have to take the bad with the good, for example: Like Mike. I don't think I could sit through that, ever.
What really brought my attention to Crispin Glover is one time reading about these two strange art-films, "What is it?" featuring a cast of actors with downs-syndrome, and another called "It is Fine. Everything is Fine!". There is a third movie to complete the "It" trilogy, but no one can tell when it will be completed. I wanted to hunt down these movies to watch, but much to my chagrin (I'm sorry but I love that word) you are only able to view them when Crispin Glover decides to screen them at some independent American arthouse cinema, then have a Q&A session afterwards. Currently there are no plans to release them for home-viewing. This is all well and good for an artist to protect his work and integrity, but I REALLY want to see these movies, and I haven't the money or time to travel to USA to locate a place to see when Crispin Glover will eventually show them again. I'm hoping once the trilogy is complete, then they might be released in some awesome box-set.
In conclusion, keep an eye out for this guy, next time you decide to go watch Alice again. If you don't want to sit through that again, then check out his next film coming out soon: "Hot Tub Time Machine". Should be a good one.
UPDATE: 26 July 2010
After watching "Hot Tube Time Machine" I concluded that it was pretty crap, but worth seeing for Crispin Glover only.