by Tiffany Jarva
I so wanted to love Tim Burtonâ€™s version of Wonderland.
Thatâ€™s because the fantastical Burton doing his version of wonderland seemed like a no-brainer: dark, innovative, imaginative filmmaker meets the dreamy nonsensical world of Lewis Carroll. Apparently Burton, a master of creating mood (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands), wanted to create a new film version of Alice in Wonderland that was more story-driven and less about a girl wondering around aimlessly, encountering a series of crazy events and wacky characters. Unfortunately, this new story, based on a screenplay by Linda Wolverton (a strange blend of elements from Carrollâ€™s Aliceâ€™s Adventures in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass) feels forced, and utterly predictable like a feel-good after-school-TV -movie with a â€˜I think I can and therefore I canâ€™ plot. This film absolutely dilutes the dreamy Wonderland experience.
The popping, pretty colours and visually-appealing Burton style is present and can be rather delightful at times: like the shrinking and growing of Alice and the impact this has on her clothing. There were some entertaining moments from Johhny Depp as the Mad Hatter, although his accent seems confused at times: Is it Scottish or British or American? Helena Bonham Carter is marvelous as the self-centred, raging mad Red Queen. And the dark, elongated Stayne, Knave of Hearts, played by Crispin Glover, is spot-on. Newcomer Mia Wasikowska as Alice is a wisp of a lovely creature, floating on and off screen. She is playful and quite funny at the beginning of the film but by the end her character seems too trite and burdened with dialogue full of clichÃ©s, itâ€™s painful to watch. Sure, Alice in Wonderland is a box-office hit, but definitely not a wonder to behold for very long.
Definitely not. Doubt Iâ€™ll ever watch this version of Alice in Wonderland again:Â 2 hooks (out of possible 5)
Disneyâ€™s 1951 Animated Alice in Wonderland: This is a classic worth watching over and over again. I will never tire of this versionâ€™s hookah-smoking caterpillarâ€™s â€œWhooooâ€¦areâ€¦you?â€ voiced by actor Richard Hadyn, probably better-known for his portrayal of Max in The Sound of Music: 4 hooks (out of possible 5)
I went to see this movie with my daughter and grandkids…I was not that thrilled by the movie…I loved Helena Bonham Carter as the red queen. She was perfect. Crispin Glover was excellent and I cracked up with Anne Hathaway’s performance and make-up. Tweedledee and Tweedledum were pretty scary looking to me and Johnny Depp’s mad hatter was too weird .Must confess that I’m a big Alan Rickman fan so his Blue Caterpillar was just fine…The 3d effects were so so (got spoiled by Avatar)…The young actress who played Alice was OK…I’ve only seen a few of Tim Burton’s movies which are so left field and I think this one is almost there as well…I’m a senior citizen who saw Disney’s Alice in Wonderland at the theatre when I was a kid, so that one will always be my favourite..