Thursday, March 11, 2010

Alice in Wonderland (2010); You’ve got a very important date.

Alice In Wonderland

Directed by Tim Burton

Starring Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Guest Review by Becki Pearson

I love Tim Burton as much has the next person and I was SO excited when they announced the production of this film. But I was so disappointed. I only truly felt like it was a Tim Burton film when I focused on the wardrobe. The overall appearance of the movie wasn’t as dark and twisted as I wanted it to be or expected it to be. But the costumes, settings, and computer graphics were all definitely under the influence of Tim Burton’s unique style.

Some of the same events that occurred in the first book/movie happened in this one as well. The same characters were there and recognized her, but the story seemed to be written like everyone in the audience had no idea what had happened. I understand that a percentage of the film’s viewers haven’t been introduced to the movie/books/story, but things were explained only to a level that made us consider them strange and unrealistic, but then made us wonder why they were only mentioned. The story seemed like it was so dumbed down for the masses. There was an unfilled prophecy aspect to the story that ruined the movie for me. They told her what was going to happen, she denied her own ability, and then it happened. It just became boringly predictable and barely even entertaining. (Honestly, I started making up my own story involving a long drawn out romance between Alice and The Mad Hatter. It was pretty awesome, actually.)

There are some unanswered questions that still bother me when I think back on the film. So, Alice had been having a dream since she was very young. A dream which turned out to be her reliving her already lived experience as her first time in Wonderland. So, if she had been constantly dreaming the same thing over and over again, why is it that she didn’t know exactly what to do when presented with the same situations and conflicts?! For example, the consumption of the shrinking liquid in the bottle and the growing potion of the cakes. Why was she so confused if, in theory, she had dreamed the same event every night that week?! Also, if she had been there before and everyone else remembered her, why didn’t the Queen of Hearts recognize her?!

Anyways, I thought Mia Wasikowska was cast pretty well as Alice. She reminded me SO much of the girl from Disturbia, I just couldn’t stop thinking about that. Then again, it’s kind of hard for me to completely agree or disagree with their casting decisions because I don’t have any other idea of Alice other than the 1951 animated film, so with that knowledge, I’d say she did a pretty good job.

I love the Queen characters. I don’t really have to even mention this, but Helena Bonham Carter was amazing as the Queen of Hearts. When I first heard that her head was going to be digitally enlarged three times I had no idea how it was going to work, but it was pretty excellent. The White Queen on the other hand…… not so much. Anne Hathaway’s portrayal of the White Queen made me sick to my stomach. She was flaunty and dreamy to a point that she too looked stupid and unintelligent (and maybe a little stoned.) She didn’t even look pretty. Maybe it was just because of my personal disliking of Anne Hathaway, but it was just way to much for me to handle.

I think I was more disappointed with Johnny Depp than anything else. He usually brings a little something extra and special to each character, but this one? Absolutely not. I’d say a little different from Jack Sparrow- but exactly the same as Willy Wonka. The same strange little flashbacks and a bent, twisted past. It’s like the character of The Mad Hatter was completely re-written to better suit him.

I feel that if Disney didn’t have such an important role in the making and production of this film that it could have been so much better. Throw in some humor or innuendos for the adults stuck in the theater. Something.

Well... kids will enjoy it at least, but only because they don’t know any better : (


Ben Pearson said...

I had a bad feeling about this movie as soon as I saw the first trailer. That sucks that it...sucked.


Making up your own storylines while in the movie? Are you taking Film Theory 101 with Professor Branz? Sounds like a page straight out of his book.

Professor Branz said...

I resent that comment, but at the same time, I am utterly flattered. Thank you.

Panther Joe said...

GD Tim Burton is weird. To think Anne Hathaway used to be pretty. Thanks for the heads up!

Adventures of Romantic Intrigue said...

Anne Hathaway is sheer goddess, and my love for her is a neverending spring of golden adoration.

Tim Burton + Any story = "GD weird"

Why do people think it's not going to be?

Andrew Hosley said...

(Burton)is the perfect person to put in charge of translating the magical world that Carroll created to the big screen.