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Movie Review: Alice In Wonderland

A movie review of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, and Helena Bonham Carter as the Queen of Hearts: photocredit

Stefan and I recently watched Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. I just need to get out the fact that I LOVE the Disney cartoon Alice in Wonderland (1951) and therefore knew the story and the characters pretty well. A lot of them weren't there. Fine... since Helena Bonham Carter totally made the movie great. photocredit
You may remember Marla, in Fight Club? Well, Carter played a perfectly big-headded Queen of Hearts, with her co-star, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. The dialogue was hilarious (very dark comedy), the costuming was intriguing, and the story, finding courage within yourself and imagining the impossible, cute.

The plot was a little strange. Alice has to kill a jabberwocky (the Queen's most useful tool in promoting fear among her subjects) and replace the Queen of Hearts with the White Queen (Anne Hatheway). Wasn't impressed with either Alice (Mia Wasikowska) or The White Queen. They were alright.

I would give this movie 3 out of 5 stars. Depp was great most of the time (the Futterwacken, don't ask, was weird) and Carter was fantastic. The creativity was also very visually interesting, and the dialogue was good. This movie is not suitable for those under 13.

Comments

kylee said…
I'm glad to hear that someone kind of liked it. Like you, Disney's Alice in Wonderland was one of my favorite stories. I loved everything about it and was so excited to see Burton's rendition. Unfortunately, I felt that the story was terribly dull. Additionally, while the film looked neat, it was too similar to his Charlie and the Chocolate factory. I thought for sure that Alice would be adorning my DVD shelves the minute it came out, but I was sadly mistaken.
B said…
thanks for the review! I've been wanting to see this and so has my 8yo step-daughter. I'm glad to know the hubs and I were being over the top in saying no.

I can't wait to see it though...maybe this weekend!
I agree exactly with your 3 out of 5...it was a bit odd but it was beautiful. One of those movies that you just have to relax and watch and not analyze.

I agree, too: Depp was great; why the Futterwacken?
Green Pickles said…
I watched it recently and I didn't love it really! I adore Disney's cartoon version but this was just a bit bizarre for me! I agree with Kylee too that the story was dull.

Thanks for sharing!

love
Aimee
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