Alice is having the same nightmare
for years about her trip to Wonderland. She thought it was all a dream. She is about to become engaged to a Duke when she decides to follow a White Rabbit
in a waistcoat down the rabbit hole into Underland or Wonderland. She is
faced with a world she thought was a dream. The Red Queen has taken over
the place. Everyone hopes Alice
can step up and slay the Jaberwocky to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.
The Mad Hatter is still quite mad as a hatter while Alice seems clueless
and confused as usual.
ALICE IN WONDERLAND is a visual delight. Tim Burton puts it all into the visuals.
I do wish he had a better script for the film. It seems like a confused
girl who needs to make a choice about her destiny while Johnny Depp (I mean Mad Hatter) steals the show in every scene he
is in (and one wonders if Tim Burton would have been happier about making a film about the Mad Hatter instead of Alice). The Chesire Cat is cute with his hat stealing habits while the White Queen is
a prissy pacificist. The movie does mine the source material for this new
story, but I wished ALICE IN WONDERLAND was more of an adventure to be taken on. It
is just a visual film with not much of an exciting story. It is forgettable entertainment
that makes you wish that Alice and the Hatter had kissed each other in addition to Tim Burton making the film about the Hatter
SECOND OPINION (after viewing movie again
I like the film a little bit more on the
second viewing. It explores the theme of finding oneself even if it takes
a fantastic journey to Underland to do it.
THE MAD HATTER- the process Johnny Depp went through to play the Mad Hatter (his
performance and how they enlarged his eyes slightly via computer) and where the phrase “Mad As A Hatter” came
from (Hatters went crazy from the mercury in the hat glue).
FINDING ALICE- cast and the director talk about Alice the character
and the actress who plays her.
EFFECTING WONDERLAND- all the visual effects that went into creating CGI characters, costumes, and environments. ALICE IN WONDERLAND was shot against green screen for most of the film.
The Blu-ray has additional featurettes-
THE FUTTERWACKEN DANCE, THE RED QUEEN,
THE WHITE QUEEN, TIME-LAPSE: SCLUPTING THE RED QUEEN, SCORING WONDERLAND, STUNTS OF WONDERLAND, MAKING THE PROPER SIZE, CAKES
OF WONDERLAND, and TEA PARTY PROPS.
The Blu-ray/ DVD combo has a digital copy
of ALICE IN WONDERLAND on the third disc.
FINAL ANALYSIS: Tim Burton and Alice In Wonderland fans will love this visual
treat. I do wish more of the featurettes were on the DVD instead of just three.
This DVD review is (c)5-24-2010 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all
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