Alice In Wonderland

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called “Underland,” she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason–to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne.

Written by Jim Beaver

Visually it’s breathtaking. As always when Tim Burton is around it’s beautiful and imaginative beyond my wildest dreams! Everything is a perfect mix of cute and creepy.
I really liked the Chesire Cat, and I was very pleased to hear Alan Rickmans voice as the blue caterpillar :heart: But unfortunately I didn’t like Alice very much. I just found her dull and stiff. But on the other hand it can’t be easy sharing a stage with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter…

Actually, I think the Mad Hatter got a little too much screen time and other characters to little. Sounds strange, huh? Didn’t know there was such a thing as “too much Johnny Depp” :?
The characters were all so charming and funny and I wanted to see much more of them! Like the Dodo bird, Tweedledee/Tweedledum and the White Queen! I also don’t think I got to know enough about Alice, about her personality and thoughts. (Btw, where’s the Mock Turtle? )
The last scene with the Jabberwocky was also a little… I don’t know. It didn’t feel as epic as it should.

All in all I think it was a good movie, I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t GREAT. I’m a huge fan of Tim Burton and was pretty much prepared to be blown away. But it didn’t happen. I really thought the movie would be better.
Maybe my hopes and expectations were just to high?

Comments

  1. July 5, 2010

    I’ve been very anxious to see the movie, as I’ve heard mixed reviews. I have no doubts that I’m going to love the cinematography and the characters, but I’ve also heard people who did not like Alice. But, like you said, there was a lot to live up to!

  2. July 5, 2010

    Not seen it yet but I really do want to, my sister actually has it on DVD but won’t let me watch her copy. :(

    Re The Mock Turtle, I have heard that he’s not in every version of the story (you know how fairy tales can get changed) e.g. not in Disney’s version but is in the musical version – my sister played him in a show once.

  3. July 6, 2010

    I liked it far more than I thought I would, to be honest, but I’m not sure if it was truly fitting for the themeatics. I love Burton, but I think the ‘creepy’ take on everything is a bit old hat now– while honestly I prefer my Alice creepier (love the old live action Alice stuff), I still felt it left something to be desired in one way, but still highly enjoyable, non?

  4. July 6, 2010

    I have yet to see it, so I kinda skipped over a lot of what you said just to make sure I didn’t gleam any spoilers, but it did help give me some perspective that it might not be as absolutely fantastic as I want it to be!

  5. July 6, 2010

    I am just waiting until my hold comes in from the library. I can’t wait. Though I doubt if I am going to love it, lol. Didn’t really like the original very much, but it was good.

  6. July 6, 2010

    Interesting. I wouldn’t have thought there could be too much Johnny Depp either… I’m definitely Netflixing this, though :-)

  7. July 6, 2010

    oh damn, I totally forgot that i wanted to watch the movie.. i wonder if it is still in theatres ;(
    did you watch it 3d?

  8. July 7, 2010

    I totally agree with you about the Mad Hatter getting too much screen time. Still, I quite liked the movie :D