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