Alice in Wonderland
Yesterday my son Tim came to visit for the Easter holidays from Lisbon and Algarve in Portugal where he is working as a media salesman. He has been there for five months but came home for christmas and now for Easter. I miss him a lot. Having him home together with my other kids make me feel whole.
Today we made a family trip to the cinema and saw ALICE IN WONDERLAND. To tell you the truth the story of Alice (written by English author Lewis Carroll in 1865) was never very appealing to me. I also felt that Disney’s animated version of Alice (1951) was a bit hectic.
But now, in this new version of the film, Tim Burton was involved. I usually love just about everything this man has done. His wicked and quirkythemed films are all magnificent. And then, of course, we have Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, being one of Alice’s allies, so this movie had to be seen!
The movie follows somewhat of a trippy battle between good and evil. The original story about a little girl that wonders off to meet one weird character after another was changed by Tim Burton. This is 10 years later and Alice is now 19 years old (played by Mia Wasikowska), and she is told that she is the only one who can end the Red Queen’s (Helena Bonham Carter) reign of terror by killing the Jabberwocky, a dragon-like creature. So the story isn’t the same and the movie pretty much begins an ends with the interpretation and imagination of Tim Burton.
Johnny Depp’s role is flawless. He is such a great, colorful and powerful actor. So inventive and here just being in his element, really. Crazy brushstrokes of colors and wonderful characterizations that were digitally altered in many ways (I have to find a model to experiment this make up on, he he he)
Anyway the 3D was absolutely appropriate for this story’s environment. I was expecting square cardboard glasses like I wore for JAWS 3 in 1983, but now, 27 years later, 3 D glasses are far more modern looking, for sure.
I don’t think that the movie could have been made any better. I do recommend everyone to see it. But It is just not a five pointer like Edward Scissorhands for example. I give Alice in Wonderland 3 Little Savages out of 5.