Wednesday, March 03, 2010

alice in wonderland

'Alice in Wonderland' ticked many of my boxes. Like in every Tim Burton movie I just adored the costumes, make-up and scenography.

Johnny Depp rocked in the role as the Mad Hatter - oh the make-up alone... - so did Helena Bonham-Carter as the Red Queen and Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

If it was possible to fall in love with a blue caterpillar oracle with a voice like Alan Rickman's I would - because as far as I'm concerned his voice must be the most beautiful male voice known to humankind, ah sigh... - and the girl who played Alice did it well.

And as always I can't stand the affected and poor performances of Anne Hathaway. The only detail of the White Queen I liked was the wearing of black nail polish in all her otherwise whiteness.

We watched the film in 3D, but far from sure that was a good choice. The movie was literally very dark and the glasses made it even darker. Personally I didn't find the 3D effects stunning enough to compensate that darkness.

I loved the wee and quirky sidekicks like pigs, hedgehogs, mouses, toads, dogs and such. And of course the ingratiating Cheshire cat. I adore that character.

I also appreciated the fact that the movie's Alice was a young woman, instead of a girl, with spunk and self-esteem.

On a scale of 1-5 I give 'Alice in Wonderland' a 4/5. It was rather frabjous.

7 comments:

Floss said...

Ah, thank you! There is enormous debate in my family about how much we want to see this film. We all love Tim Burton. Son 1 loves the book Alice in Wonderland and Son 2 doesn't. I'm not sure about it being a 'sequel'. So to find a good review helps our debate...

Lisbeth said...

Oh, I just bought tickets for the 3D version on Saturday! Hmm, I guess we will have to check out this 3D-thingy at some point so why not with this movie... and if it is so great I guess we can go to the 'regular' version if unhappy with the 3D :)

P.K said...

I have been wanting to see this movie, but it seems so loaded with special effects, that I find a trifle off-putting.

aforkfulofspaghetti said...

Just the very prospect of Depp in this film seemed oh, so very promising... Good to hear that it lived up to expectations!

Hawk and Weasel said...

Great review. Perhpas we just stream it then... even though I think watching movies in a movie theather is kind of the shit, really. Look especially forward to the caterpillar!

Jacqueline said...

I saw an interview Johhny Depp and Tim Burton did about the film last week and it was interesting listening to them talk about it, but I don't really fancy seeing it at all. It just doesn't appeal to me.

Pia K said...

i hope you all enjoyed the movie once you got to see it, floss!

hope you enjoyed it, lisbeth, 3d or not!

concentrate on all the lovely details, p.k, and characters, i too find loads of tiresome special effects off-putting, that i didn't find with this one. if you went and saw it, what did you think?

hope you liked it, afos, i trust you went and saw it...?

hope you liked it, handw, and a movie theatre is THE thing really, i agree. if the audience and seating is good...

yes i do think it's a sort of love it or hate it kind of movie, jacqueline.

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