Well, looks like it's time to set up some rules. I'm not too picky, so all I have to say…
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.
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…
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.
Now this film had more than a rough start since it felt like one of those silly Keira Knightly period piece films. Thankfully Wonderland comes into play and we leave Old England in the rear view mirror. Director Tim Burton does quite well with original ideas, but his remakes don't work at all.
I was hoping for something darker and more like the video game called Alice: Madness Returns. Now that was a decent game with a great little narrative. Weirdness goes along with any Burton project which is usually his strength. Here things just seem random and unnecessary like Johnny Depp's voice or Helena Bonham Carter's overall look. CGI looked a little cheap in quite a few places. Such a shame.
This movie was well construted and acted.
The film had potential and stunning visuals (in some aspects), however I never felt a connection to any of the characters, and it felt like everyone's character was fleshed out enough except for Alice. By golly the actress was bland, went with the flow, and barely showed any emotion, like Kristine Stewart and Mila Kunis. By golly even the card army had more emotion than her!
If Alice wasn't played liked she was, this could have been a better movie. Stunning visuals is not enough when dealing with an emotionless husk of a protagonist. I really wanted to get invested in this movie but in the end I was as much as invested as Alice was.
Il barocco delle scenografie e dei costumi di #AliceinWonderland nasconde un film che nega libertà e bellezza. Con momenti di vero imbarazzo
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The movie was really good, but Alice's hair? Why is it so curly and ugly? This was my biggest irritation. Why didn't she just have the original hairstyle from the 1951 movie? Everyone knows the plot. No original edits, only better grapics.
Même si 95% du film à été tourné sur fond vert, la poésie du livre et le savoir-faire de Burton se confondent et s'apprivoisent, donnant, au final, un travail de fou.
Visually stunning, the whole set looks edible, and I want to reach in and touch many of the costumes, plants, and creatures. So, Tim Burton/Johnny Depp's increasingly vibrant shared insanity has that going for it. I was excited about this movie, thinking what an amazing thing it could be. Ha-ha-ha, then I remembered Tim Burton stopped caring about making films that anyone but himself would enjoy. Would this have been better on acid? Maybe. I remember leaving the theater baffled as to why he didn't just use the existing story, one that's been popular for a century and a half, and turn it into this mess. And now there's a sequel? Oh, Tim... awesome set design isn't enough. You used to know that.
Since Pete's Dragon is coming this week, I wanted to take some time and review the animated to live-action adaptations of Disney. This first live action version was actually a sequel, and boy was it disappointing. I was hoping Tim Burton would find his flow again, he got worse.
The visuals are trippy and look amazing, but this movie is style over substance. There is a full overload of visuals for no time for characterization, plot, and having any actual fun. Still don't want to watch that sequel.
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