Alice in Wonderland Movie Reviews
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yet another well done movie with johnny depp - i just love all his movies - i have all of then on dvd - cant wait for more - he is just a great actor and and play it well what ever he does ...
I have to say I was disappointed with this movie, was expecting "much" more. The 3D effects and graphics were fantastic, but there wasnt much of a storyline or development with characters. I found the general mood of the movie was constant from beginning to end.
I really found this movie pretty boring and non-entertaining. It's doing great at the box office but don't let that fool you.
The Queen of Hearts provides most of the enjoyable comedy lines throughout with the Mad Hatter constantly babbling about god knows what. I expected his character to be more entertaining and humorous but he was just strange and annoying during most of the film.
The graphics are all right but everything is dark in tone and the entire movie has a gloominess to it and I found myself just begging for some sunshine. It doesn't show up at any time during the movie.
I also found this movie to be a little too intense for children under 9. There is a moat around The Queen of Heart's Palace that has decapitated floating heads that Alice must hop across to get inside. Seriously?!!! Decapitated floating heads? What were they thinking?
The plot was slow and the movie dragged on. I was happy when it ended. I would wait for the DVD for this one.
In a nutshell, I'll say this: This movie is not a typical Disney movie; It adds a deep, more complex storyline, and has an overall-feel comparable to Wizard of Oz, the Narnia Movies, and Wicked.
Unlike the book which somewhat makes sense but has parts that don't necessarily mean much, the movie makes sense very much, and because of this, you can focus on the smaller details since you don't have to worry about unraveling the story.
The darker, Tim-Burtony feel to the movie is amazing, and I'm not a fan of all Tim Burton's movies. If the movie had a silly, upbeat feeling to it not only would it have contradicted the story but it would not have been near as good. Creepy? No, not really. In fact, the characters are actually 3-dimensional in their personalities, especially the Mad Hatter, who actually has a very likeable personality, someone that is misunderstood.
Visually and musically this movie is beautifully stunning, and Mia Waskikowsa as Alice, as well as the rest of the characters, are cast perfectly. This movie definately exceeded my expectations; it has elements of Lewis Carroll's story, but it also has many new additions that make it worth seeing.
It was a good movie. I agree, there were some creepy parts in it but other than that it was a awesome movie. I suggest you see it in 3D because then you can get double the effects considering its already in a sort of 3D motive.
I saw this movie with my family and thought it was so good im going to see it again tomorrow with a group of friends. this movie had my full attention. i was tired as we walked into the theater (it was 9:40) but once it started i was wide awake. it had me holding on to my stomach from laughing. once i took my 3D glasses of to see the difference and the clarity and depth were amazing once i put them back on. i recomend this movie to anybody.
by Richard von Busack
LAST YEAR’S Coraline by Henry Selick, with its locked tiny chambers and prowling sardonic cat, still feels like magic. Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is more of a fashion show, which may be the point. This Alice in Wonderland will likely be the defining event of the Gothic Lolitas’ generation.
Burton, who worked with Selick and got most of the credit for The Nightmare Before Christmas, now does his 3-D live-action Alice as a sequel to Lewis Carroll’s original. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast) is sensibly trying to do a Wicked on the famous tale—within the safety zone of Disney, which would prefer her to be another Disney Princess.
Mirroring Wicked is the rivalry between women, the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and the ghostly yet sugary White Queen (Anne Hathaway). The White Queen is a witch of sorts, working with grisly spells; the Red Queen is the execution-loving dictator of a plundered “Underland,” which the young Alice once mispronounced with a “W.”
In early Victorian times, the fatherless Alice (Mia Wasikowska), almost 20, is about to be affianced to a chinless aristo, Hamish (Leo Bill), by family pressure. Alice’s (badly phrased) taste for fantasy is dismaying; Hamish urges her to keep it to herself. But then the familiar rabbit arrives to lead Alice to the world of her childhood reveries.
The creatures are skeptical: she doesn’t look like the Alice they all remember. And the real Alice will have a quest to perform. The Oraculum, the Bayeux Tapestry of Underland, foretells that Alice will slay the Jabberwocky. (That should be Jabberwock, yes?) Once the dragon is dead, the land will be free of the dreaded, hydrocephalic Red Queen.
The female power in this movie is worth celebrating. Carroll’s Alice appeals uniquely to adolescent girls who are never certain what size they are in real life: grown-up or childish. Using an older Alice removes questions of sexuality and menace that might prove sticky. And yet that unease is the very point that has drawn fans and postmodern rewriters alike.
Wasikowska is a strong asset to this Alice: a subtle, full-grown beauty who adds a physical reality to the tale of dreams. A touch of romance between her and Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter arises. Depp’s marvelous flexibility comes through clearly. The makeup is unsettling: carrot-colored hair; staring, too-large tiger-green eyes; a dialect that changes at the drop of a hat. Depp is an actor who twines around our memories of actors gone before: here the memory seems to be of Peter Sellers.
Alice in Wonderland revels in its cameos. Matt Lucas’ two Tweedles are Cockney Cabbage Patch kids. The blue-green Cheshire Cat, avatar of particle physics, has a portly, insinuating voice (by Stephen Fry) and several hundred teeth. Alan Rickman shows off a fine sneer as the Caterpillar. Bonham Carter’s snarling, willful queen is a brat whom custom never stales.
I’m a helpless Tim Burton fan, and I’m not sorry I went to Alice in Wonderland. But the colors here aren’t state of the art; they go from tinted postcard to faded bed sheet. Compared to Coraline’s solitude and thoughtfulness, Alice in Wonderland is a forced march. The 3-D makes us jump with tossed crockery and the spears of the army of cards, but it doesn’t add real depth to the visuals. The finale turns out to be familiar dragon slaying; ultimately, it’s not just Alice who has been here before.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND (PG; 108 min.), directed by Tim Burton, written by Linda Woolverton, photographed by Dariusz Wolski and starring Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska, plays valleywide.
This was a great film and very much like Tim Burton. It was fun mysterious and a little creepy but that's all Tim Burton. He likes to shake things up. This wasn't a oh we know what's gonna happen next, she succeeds in what she has to do. WRONG!!! she does a lot more than just that, and i don't just mean train. Alice faces some really challenging moments but gets through them all thinking it's a dream, I mean nothing can heart you in a dream right? I have to give this a big thumbs up. I really enjoyed it and I don't remember one part where I wasn't hypnotized in the movie, I DON'T EVEN REMEMBER MOVING!!!!!! I suggest you go see it soon because it's only in theaters for a limited amount of time. I have to say there were creepy and scary bits so i would NOT suggest this movie for kids under the age of 5 or 6. But i believe 6 impossible things before breakfast!!!!!!!!!!!!
If you're going into Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland expecting a straight-up retelling of Lewis Carroll's original, you're in for disappointment. Burton's film mixes the original and Through The Looking Glass, adds some action-adventure, and updates the story. Along with Burton's signature visual style, you have a movie that gives a fresh look at a story that's been told over an over again.
The first thing that hit me was that I couldn't tell where this story was going, and that was a good thing. With a story this well known, there's nothing wrong with injecting a little originality now and again. Linda Woolverton's script may borrow elements from Carrol's books, but she also adds new story points. Alice is now 19, falling down the rabbit hole after avoiding a marriage she doesn't want. She finds Underland (as it's referred to here) controlled by the evil Red Queen. Alice is informed that her destiny is to return the throne to the White Queen. This story actually gives the film an arc, unlike the original books.
Like most Burton films, the fun is in the details. Burton seems to have been working his entire career just to direct this movie. He takes design elements from his other films and creates a world that is completely new, and yet has a familiarity to it. The acting is just what you expect it to be: a bit over the top, but completely keeping with the feel of the film. Burton regulars Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are at their scenery chewing best, and newcomer Mia Wasikowska gives a great performance in her first major role.
It seemed like a match made in heaven: Tim Burton and Alice. It could have easily gone horribly wrong. Instead, he's taken something old and created something completely new.
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