Woody Allen’s character study of a well-kept, upscale Manhattan woman (Mia Farrow) takes the title character on a journey through a Wonderland of her own making, in which she learns some truths about herself, her relationships, and the universe in general.
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Probably more of a 2 1/2 out of 5 star rating but rounding up to 3 only because its Woody Allen. I watched this 2 weeks ago and can't remember anything remarkable about it, except for the fact heard Thelonious Monk after the halfway mark. A decent cast but when trying to decide if I liked Alice or not, the generic ending Allen has used numerous times before sort of made my mind up for me.
The emancipation of an upper class woman is an interesting story, too bad this one has its basis in spiritual and herbal shenanigans. I could do without those things. The party scene is funny, but apart from that, it's a bit boring.
If anything, Alice is like a late coming-of-age movie: she leaves her childhood memories and previous convictions behind in order to inhibit the desires of life and her very own ambitions. It is Mia Farrow's ability to potray such a naive yet cute character that the film holds itself together. I thoroughly enjoyed Keye Young's performance as Dr. Yang and William Hurt plays an upper-class windbag with style.
After watching Alice and Another Woman, I am starting to think that the end of the 80s served as a turning point or crisis for Woody Allen. Alice is a film that is imaginative but true to what upper society acts on--program and structure. Alice finds herself lost in a hole, figuratively, and through means finds herself and breaks from the class/structure she found herself stuck in. Imaginative and unique.
Worth it for the Sax conversation alone. But the whole movie is just as good as that one implicit scene. It's the little things that get me in Woody Allen flicks, and Alice is chock full of some great ones.
I got so immersed in the movie that I, even for a second, didn't question the supernatural forces Allen portrays with liveliness and humor. I absolutely loved the scene where all the men at the party begin declaring their love for Alice. Hilarious.
I have a particular fondness for the films Allen directed during that period. They are like contemporary fairy tales, highly sensitive and imaginative. And perhaps Mia Farrow was a perfect alter ego, as she brings vulnerability, a child-like quality to her acting, and makes us believe in magic (and the magic of cinema). I haven't seen the film since then, but I bear fond memory of that film.