Movies about/starring women. I originally started this list just as a reference for myself, but hopefully others will find it…
Alice in Wonderland
You're invited to a very important date.
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.
watched for wasikowska work.
…may god have mercy on my soul.
look. this isn't a good movie. i know that. you know that. tim burton knows that. but, as a person who regularly talks about having sexual relations with both tim burton and crispin glover, i have to pretend that i care about this mediocrity. i am a prisoner in my own hell.
Somebody please rip off one of Johnny Depp's legs and beat Tim Burton to death with it. This film is the shit cherry on top of the nightmare sundae that has become the second half of Burton's career.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about Alice in Wonderland, adapted from one of the most haphazard stories in the history of story-telling, is its lack of surprise; not only with regards to the screenplay, but also the actors and actresses take on roles they’ve been portraying for years now - mainly pointing the guilty finger at Helena Bonham Carter and of course Johnny Depp here. Johnny Depp and Tim Burton should start thinking about seeing other people. Alice itself is okay here, but does not possess the character-complexity of other Alices I’ve seen on the screen. She’s much more the typical protagonist, whereas in other adaptations Carroll’s book her persona is less straightforwardly ‘good’, more ambiguous. I’ve never been a…
Was Hook not a lesson to us all not to tamper with works of wonder? Tim Burton’s mystifyingly popular re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories does many things wrong even just on a surface level: that tedious Danny Elfman score; the weird obsession with violence against eyes; the torpor that infects everyone as they stand stiffly in front of green screens; the lazy cribbing from the Lord of the Rings films; introducing the amazing Mia Wazikowska to a wider audience with such an unchallenging role, etc.
Most egregious, though, is the decision to treat the original stories as prequel to a standard Chosen-One-against-the-Evil-Empire fantasy plot that ran out of juice years ago. All Burton can bring to this overused plot…
this movie is so stupid but it was on and my mom wanted to watch it and i'm weak because crispin looks so good and these four stars are purely because i want him to spit in my mouth
1. Solid cast
2. Great art direction
3. The chemistry between the lead actors
4. A good message and theme
1. Tonal issues
2: Pacing issues
3. Confusing first act
4. Relies too much on cgi
The Verdict: Despite the fact that this movie is a hot mess it doesn't feel synical and what does work in the movie works really well.
Fuck this visually vomitous, uncanny, CGI infested garbage heap. All of the characters are awful, the plot points are boring and the whole thing relies entirely on a lazy use of intertextuality ("cool it's Chesire Cat from the original"). Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter in particular is terribly acted, annoying, Scottish(?) and generally hard on the eyes. I only found out Alice was actually originally a book a couple days ago so I don't know if this adapts that at all (e.g. I know the Jabberwockee was but wasn't included in the Disney film?), but regardless I think this is a stupid story and sequel to Alice in Wonderland? The simplicity was what made it enjoyable? Dark times, prophecies, a reign of terror ,revolutions involving characters that shouldn't care or be able to do anything about it.
That Futterwacken dance at the end is arguably the most cringe and awful thing I've ever seen in a movie.
Why is a raven like a writing desk? We shall never know...until we watch the new movie
This live-action take on Alice in Wonderland is an absolutely auteurist film by director Tim Burton. He took a somewhat beloved source material and then took full artistic license to turn this crazy world into a "reality" for the audience. From that point of view I don't think that this film was nearly the failure people make it out to be. In fact, I think that in many respects the film works in its own strange way. And I think that fundamentally is what this all bills down to: strange. The story is strange, the animated film is strange, and this live-action telling is strange. If it weren't strange it wouldn't be Alice in Wonderland. I think for what they…
A visual treat. Contrary to his reputation, Tim Burton has a unique way of using an abundance of colour in his films while keeping it consistent within the world he's created throughout the run-time. It's beautiful to look at even with some strange CGI that looks a little off (in particular Crispin Glover's head seemingly superimposed onto a robotic body). The costumes, props, makeup, sets and backdrops really do stop it from being a computer-generated overload. It's the best thing about a film that has one major thing bringing it down: the tone. It's too serious and gloomy to shine as it could have had it been more whimsical and light-hearted.
There's also trouble with the pacing, in that it…
Thought I'd give this a rewatch as planning to watch the new one tomorrow.
Firstly going into a rewatch I didn't really have much affection for the film (probably wouldn't have watched it again tbh)
The film boost a really strong cast, but the titular character is an unknown, the fact that she hasn't really been in anything in the last 6 years kinda tells its own story.
Most of the rest of the cast has worked with Burton before and seems like they going through the motions.
The cgi does look stunning and it is a world that I'd like being immersed in.
Overall just feels like a vehicle for Depp and co to have fun. Meh!
Well, at least we got Mia Wasikowska out of the deal.
Although Burton certainly fell down the CGI-Hole, This was better than I expected, granted I expected to absolutely hate it, But funnily enough I didn't. Even if the CGI is horrific to look at for the most part, shows that Burton hasn't necessarily adapted very well and raises issues with proportions, I can't say it makes the film intolerable, not to me anyway. The delivery of the story is somewhat fitting, PG with dark, psychedelic undertones that are blatantly surfacing. To what degree the story is changed I'm not sure, but many of the elements that made it a classic in the first place is certainly preserved. The biggest issue I have with this is the painfully mundane final act…
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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