Wasikowska gets emo in 'Restless'

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT
  • Updated: October 3, 2011 - 10:15 AM

She's a pixie dream girl in this kids tearjerker from Gus Van Sant.


Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper in "Restless."

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Mia Wasikowska, riveting in the recent "Jane Eyre," steps down several rungs in this emo kids tearjerker from Gus Van Sant. She plays Annabel, a pixie dream girl who falls in love with dour, death-obsessed slacker Enoch (Henry Hopper, the son and lookalike of Dennis Hopper).

Fans of Edgar Allan Poe will surmise that she shares more than a given name with the doomed heroine of Poe's melancholy "Annabel Lee." Sure enough, she's terminally ill in that upbeat, life-affirming way of expiring movie starlets.

The script is cloying and contrived, giving Enoch a World War II kamikaze pilot (Ryo Kase) as a guardian angel. Van Sant lays on the whimsy with a trowel; Wasikowska's quirky thrift-store wardrobe and twinkling performance are enough to trigger migraines. Hopper plays his part as if under a general anesthetic. I wouldn't have minded some myself.


    ★ out of four stars

    Rating: PG-13 for complex psychological themes and some disturbing images.

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