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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…
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 version of Alice in Wonderland isn't a great film by any stretch, but I did enjoy it. I thought it was a very creative spin to the original, which I probably saw 5+ times as a child. Sure, this is nowhere near as good as the original. But I think it's a pretty decent remake that does it's own thing. It also looked really cool.
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…
Sometimes talented people get stuck in a rut. It has become increasingly evident recently that Tim Burton and his films are suffering through one right now (Frankenweenie aside). About 5-6 years ago I would have said that Burton would be the perfect fit to give us a live action 'Alice in Wonderland' adaptation. I would probably still stand by that statement now but this film serves as damning evidence that I am quite simply wrong. Somehow he has made a complete and utter hash of it.
Over the last few years Burton has picked up some annoying bad habits. One is his persistence to cast the same group of actors in roles that feel the same in every single film.…
Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland does on paper appear to be a match made in heaven.
In the bonus material everyone seems ever so pleased with the end result and everyones effort with the film.
So, what exactly went wrong here?
First of all, this review comes after revisiting the film for the first time on DVD (2D) after seeing in the cinema on release (3D). Yeah, just about five years is what it took to be able to convince me to return to this film, even though Tim Burton used to be one of my favourite directors, and even though I was ever so fond of his collaborations with Johnny Depp.
Had my review instead been given after…
Visually beautiful but ultimately bland.
Oh, Tim Burton. Another swing and a miss.
Hated this movie. Thought it was totally over done and not very funny when it tried to be
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, being Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, set in Wonderland.
Decent Movie, nothing special. The graphics were alright, I liked the characters more than anything though and the scenery. 3 out of 5 stars
Caught this on the big screen when it came out and it´s still a good time. I´ve yet to be really let down by a Tim Burton movie starring Depp and even managed to dig "Dark Shadows".
Every adaption I´ve seen so far takes great liberty with the source material, no big suprise to me after having read it. So Burton´s version isn´t any less true to the source to any other and it´s Burton all the way. Like most of his work, the script is always the thing that keeps it from being more than a good time. The pro and epiologue bring nothing to the story at all and could be easily left out altogether but once we…
lewis carroll's original book is a phenomenal string of vignettes playing on mathematical logic, paradox, and inauthenticity, set in a world with nonsensical but draconian laws, tyrannical, almost kafkaesque. for carroll, survival in wonderland, and by extension the world, is based on pure chance, and any attempts to find underlying meaning or order in this deeply flawed and paradoxical existence is not only foolish but fatal (cf. the hunting of the snark). tim burton's idea of making this story darker and edgier is by turning it into a deeply liberal female empowerment story, one in which, yes, the courage (?) to save the day (???) was inside alice all along (?????). and i do mean liberal, and first-wave, and white-fem,…
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(Last Updated: 11 October 2014)
In early 1923, Kansas City, Missouri animator Walt Disney created a short film entitled Alice's…