On Saturday afternoon, my friends and I got together to watch the new Alice in Wonderland movie, and since I love writing up reviews, I figured I’d share a little. I will try my darnedest to stay away from spoilers.
Just to put it out there, I really enjoyed the film. It was a nice mixture of creepy from our Tim Burton, and while the script was fairly basic and not the best thing in the world, it was also quite imaginatively built from Lewis Carroll’s works. Also, I watched it in 3D, and it wins an award from me as the first 3D film to not have made me feel ill. I went into the theatre telling my friends that I was going to, “Throw up all over the movie screen.” And, I left the theatre feeling just as well as I had come in. Quite an accomplishment.
I think a major reason for not feeling sick was that this 3D is not for gags. It wasn’t like in The Final Destination where bolts and body pieces were being flung out at you. This was subtle. The 3D added depth and layers to the movie that would have otherwise gone unnoticed in a 2D film. I felt as though it enhanced the movie rather than take away from it. Though I didn’t see Avatar in 3D, I was told by friends that it was the similar type of 3D. Thank goodness. It gives me hope for the films coming out in the future that require wearing the glasses and getting all ready to see the depth (cue Toy Story 3).
I also give a major A+ to costume design. Honestly, I wanted Alice’s wardrobe and probably over mentioned it to my friend Daniel throughout the entire film. Each character had lovely, imaginative costumes, and I was particularly happy with the outfits worn by Alice in both castles, the Mad Hatter’s full costume, and the hair designs for the ladies during the 1800’s scenes. Very nice, very imaginative, and very beautiful.
The sets were interesting as well. Granted, almost all of them were green-screens, but I was still fairly happy. I enjoyed the contrasts in colours used between the outfits and landscapes, not to mention the architecture work (or should I say imagination) going into the castles of the queens. It was nice to see something moulded that way.
Acting was pretty good. Mia Wasikowska did a great job with her first large roll, and Johnny Depp was funny as always with nervous ticks and characterisations. I would have liked to see more character (and show time for that matter) from Anne Hathaway. She never really got a chance to develop her character or show more personality. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter was enjoyable to watch, even if it’s basically the same character she’s always played (Oh, hi, Bellatrix). The rest of the parts were also quite good, excluding Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum. I have to admit that it didn’t flow nicely and didn’t seem goofy enough for the characters. But, I can’t have everything.
The only complaints I have about the film lie in the editing and writing. There were times when things moved too quickly (like establishing plot points) or where the writing fell short of what was happening (escape scenes, et cetera). And I was disappointed that Anne Hathaway’s part seemed so short. But, all in all, still a pretty good film. I would give it a 7 or 8 out of 10, which is a pretty good rating in my book. (The only tens I’ve ever given were for Lord of the Rings, Avatar, Aladdin, and Moulin Rouge, if you are counting the IMDB ratings.)
So, go ahead and see it in 3D; it adds nicely to the film. And enjoy yourself. It’s not a film meant to replace your old Alice in Wonderland but to lie beside it.