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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.
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.
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…
Oh Tim Burton, what happened to you.
You used to create REAL, beautiful worlds. Edward Scissorhands, with its colorful suburbia.
The beautiful world of Big Fish. Sure, there was some CGI in Big Fish, but most of the film was real. The daisies scene, the colors. It was beautiful, and real.
Alice in Wonderland is lazy filmaking at its most.
It starts rather well. Alice is in a big party. She finds out it is an engagement party for her and a rich young man who was matched for her. She seems to be the complete opposite to him, but not in the good opposites atrract way. But her family needs the money.
She finds her brother-in-lawa is cheating on…
More Carroll, less Burton and Co. please!
It's funny that by trying to add heart and soul here, Tim Burton ironically loses the heart and soul of the original Alice stories. I appreciate that the film tries to have plot and character arcs and whatnot. But when you think about it, that's not what the Lewis Carroll books were about. They were about atmosphere and experience. They were rather plotless, but that was the charm. It was just an average girl witnessing some very un-average things.
Giving this film a plot strangely enough becomes its downfall. Maybe if the plot was done right, I wouldn't complain. But it's not, so I will. The forced and generic story strips away much of the madcap magic that made the…
I cannot believe this film made over $1 billion at the box office. I've lost all faith in humanity.
This is a movie I simply didn't need in my life. It was freaky, but not in a good way.
Not a huge Tim Burton or Johnny Depp fan. But I did enjoy watching this.
Como en la mayoría de sus películas, el estilo de Burton se refleja en todo el film, especialmente su fascinación por la locura y lo estrambótico. No se me ocurre mejor director que él para la adaptación del clásico cuento de Lewis Carroll.
Wonderful art direction.
That's about it.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
THis film made me realise that the whole concept of Alice in Wonderland is over rated. Also that I never even really liked the original animated film. I think people get caught up with the visual trippy aspects of the story and go crazy over it and forcing themselves to believe that it's anything more than that. Alice is nothing special and Johnny Depp as the mad hatter was okay until they mad him go from funny to actual being slightly insane and not in a fun way. What really made me dislike this movie though is when Johnny Depp started break dancing at the end. It's like when you watch a serious film (aka the battle they just had) and everyone breaks into song and dance. It was such a wtf moment and made me so angry.
Tim Burton's version of wonder is apparently a dark and twisted world filled with all manner of grotesque creatures and his wife(?) with a swollen head. Burton continues his now long tradition of taking something familier and beloved, reimagining it to look somewhat like Beetlejuice, then throwing some CGI at it.
Leading the cast, of course, is the most exciting young actor of the 90's and greatest dissapointment of the present, Johnny Depp. Depp does the same old look creepy, talk strangely, and pull a funny face thing that he always does for Burton. In fact it feels so like he's just going through the motions that you have to wonder if even he is bored of it.
Long story short: It's utter shite. Stale old shite.
CGI-driven movies have never been my cup of tea, and neither have late career Tim Burton movies. I'm not really sure what I expected.
Burton's masterpieces are so toned down in comparison, back when a human impulse governed and a central protagonist had layers of vivacity. Now he's compensating in the wrong direction, shepherding projects that have more subplots, peripheral characters, and atmosphere - twisting tree branches, color coded topography, personified appendages, Johnny Depp in exponential abundance - and redacting any sort of Brechtian undercurrent from the now pointless modernism.
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