Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Director Tim Burton's denials notwithstanding [1], this movie functions as a sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Free-spirited Alice is now of marrying age and is faced with some tough life decisions. At this moment the iconic white rabbit shows up with his timepiece and beckons Alice to follow (which she does). The tumble down the rabbit hole quickly follows suit. But Wonderland is much changed

My verdict: I generally enjoyed this film. Burton's style is readily apparent. However, it seems that the visual spectacle was generated with green screen and computers this time, rather than his usual approach of building large, elaborate sets to film in. It's a bit ironic to say this, but the use of CGI actually detracted from the realism of the film. After awhile it got cumbersome that Alice was still insisting that this was all just a dream—is anyone really that oblivious? Anne Hathaway's performance as the White Queen was predictably flat.[2] And her makeup was more than a little freaky. The movie had an okay moral, but the ending was a bit out of joint.[3]


[1] See

[2] This makes her casting as Cat Woman in Ryan Nolan's third Batman movie all the more perplexing and down-letting.

[3] Not telling her sister about her fiancée's philandering was the wrong thing to do. As was setting in motion British Imperialism in China.

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