I went to see Alice in Wonderland with some kids from my new school last night, and I went in expecting big things, I mean, it IS a Tim Burton/Johnny Depp creation. Maybe I shouldn’t have had such big expectations, because I left the theatre feeling almost disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I loved it, it was just that some parts of it really seemed to drag, and there were some bits that simply left me thinking ‘WTF?!’.
I knew before I went that it certainly wasn’t a kids movie, the only thing that ties it to its Disney parents is that Alice’s father is dead, but I don’t think I was expecting it to be…so dark. Not to give anything away, but there’s a scene where Alice has to cross a moat by jumping on decapitated heads. And the fight with the Jabberwocky is almost scary.
I love Johnny Depp, he’s one of my all time favourite actors, but the Mad Hatter was, well, almost annoying. He wasn’t as mad as in the cartoon version, and he kept randomly slipping into a Scottish accent. For the most part, he was a bareable character, but he definitely wasn’t the stand out I had hoped he would be. Think Willy Wonka more than Captain Jack Sparrow.
I think my favourite character was definitely the Red Queen (Helena Bonham-Carter), pretty much every laugh in the movie came from her. Tweedle-Dum and Tweedle-Dee were quite adorable, and most of the time Alice was interesting character. Although her continuously saying “It’s only a dream” was getting as annoying as Michael Jackson saying “God Bless You” in This Is It. I loved her dresses though. I want them all.
I would have liked the Blue Caterpillar a lot more had he not been voiced by Alan Rickman. Don’t get me wrong, I love Alan Rickman, it was just that every time it spoke all I could think was ‘SNAPE!’.
Before I went, I read a review, and in it, the reviewer said that he couldn’t shake the feeling that the movie was eerily similar to the first Chronicals of Narnia movie. If I hadn’t read that, I probably wouldn’t have noticed, but because I had the similarities were everywhere. The final battle scene was identical to the one in Narnia, except with a Jabberwocky instead of whatever they were fighting.
The ending was a predictable let down. We get that Alice is all rebellious and stuff, but really? They couldn’t have ended it slightly better than that?
I am glad I saw it, and I think it’s a movie everyone should see, but I wouldn’t really want to see it again any time soon. Two and a Half Stars.
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