Oh man â€“ when I first heard about Malice in Lalaland (2010), a cracked out porno-style take on Alice in Wonderland, I was intrigued. I got super excited about Malice when I saw some still shots of the elaborate, almost-too-eerie-for-me costumes and animation. And when I came across a copy of the film a couple weeks ago, I totally thought I had scored!!
But after I actually watched the film, all I have to say isâ€¦ meh.
Hereâ€™s the gist: Malice (Sasha Grey) is being held in some sort of mental institution-looking place. Rabbit subsequently helps her escape from Dr. Queenie (Andy San Dimas) and her orderly/lackey Jabbowski (Dirty Fred).
For the duration of the film, Malice has all sorts of mis/adventures and interacts with a series of pornofied Alice in Wonderland characters, all while being chased by the increasingly agitated Jabbowski. In the end, Jabbowski has Malice cornered in a cafÃ©, and Queenie shows up with a shot of something psychedelic that turns her and Malice into cartoonsâ€¦ only sheâ€™s not Queenie anymore, sheâ€™s a red devil; and sheâ€™s not Andy San Dimas anymore either, sheâ€™s Jenna Presleyâ€¦ for a second. The last five minutes of the film make very little sense.
Now I know that this film has gotten great reviews already, so maybe Iâ€™m missing something. The character of Chester Katz (Keni Styles) and the scenes centered on the Mad Hatterâ€™s party â€“ a series of doors, each leading to an interesting snap of sexual delight â€“ are rather clever takes on Alice.
And speaking of Chester Katz, I loved Keni Styles in this movie. He was hilarious and unsettling as a human porno Hunter S. Thompson-like Cheshire cat.Â Plus, he did a masterful job in a boy-girl with Sasha Grey and in a three-way with Julez Ventura and Sadie West â€“ way to live the dream for the Asian dudes, brother!! And the Kagney Linn Karter/Alan Stafford scene was interesting â€“ they fuck in the back of a station wagon, and the way it’s shot gives you a feeling of spying (ooohâ€¦ voyeurism!).
(pictured: Sasha Grey as Malice and Keni Styles as Chester KatzÂ -Â AVN)
But stillâ€¦ meh! The sex really wasnâ€™t all that great, especially given all the hype Malice and Miss Lucifer have gotten in thatÂ respect. Sasha Grey doesnâ€™t really do anything very Sasha Grey-like. Maybe itâ€™s wrong of me to always expect something crazy from that girl, but I doâ€¦ especially when sheâ€™s wearing an Alice costume. And, honestly, I felt a little cheated out of some Jenna Presley â€“ the box art makes it seem like you’re going to get to at least see her in all her devilishness, but you donâ€™t… not really.
So I donâ€™t know about you, Malice in Lalalandâ€¦ maybe I had too high of hopes, but I can honestly say I preferred Tim Burtonâ€™s take over Lew Xypherâ€™s.
Recommended for: bunny aficionados, people who want to see Asian guy talent awesome with an English accent!!, and those rare few who appreciate deep east Palmdale scenery.
Girls: Sasha Grey, Andy San Dimas, Kagney Linn Karter, Phoenix Marie, Jenna Presley, and more
Guys: Keni Styles, Tommy Gunn, Dirty Fred (non-sex), Ron Jeremy (non-sex), and others
Directed by Lew Xypher for Miss Lucifer
Releases on September 13, 2010. Buy you copy of Malice in Lalaland (2010) here.
BTS and Extras: Not so much in terms of extrasâ€¦ a cut of the film without the hardcore and standardÂ BTS content (galleries from the film, interviews with talent, etc). Beautiful packaging.
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