Saturday, March 13, 2010
Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland is a fantasy feast that filled my imagination to bursting. At times it was so strange and funny that I laughed out loud in the theater, which I never do! It's more of a sequel to Alice in Wonderland than an adaptation, and I love how they incorporate stuffy Victorian Society and an Alice that is on the verge of growing up.
Johnny Depp's Mad hatter is is mix of Edward Scissorhand's tenderness and wierdness, Jack's rough and mumbly pirate talk, and a bit of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory's twisted humor. I loved him! Mia Wasikowska makes a wonderful Alice with an inner strength that grows throughout the film. Helena Bonham Carter was scrumptiously vicious as the big headed Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway twirled around her white castle with elegance and whismy.
The plot galumphs around a bit, and everything moves so fast there's no time to savor the scenery, but overall it was deeper than I thought it would be, providing even a reason for the Red queen's malice (Her big head pressing down on her brain). I loved how there's a strong female heroine and the little snippets of witty remarks that pop in.
The funniest thing that I learned is that you can't hide behind a Cheshire cat! The 3-d movies are more money than the regular ones, but for me this was worth every penny.