Friday, March 12, 2010

Just one curiouser for me, thanks.

Went to see Alice in Wonderland in 3D last night. It is by far Burton's best remake, but not his best movie. It's an enjoyable romp that's gorgeous to watch.

Everyone in the movie was perfectly cast. Everyone in the film seems to have done exactly what Burton wanted them to do as far as their portrayals are concerned. My problem is that I'm not sure if I like Burton's take on some of the characters -particularly the Mad Hatter. Mia Wasikowskaas Alice was wonderful, Anne Hathaway as the white queen was great and Helena Bonham Carter as the red queen just stole the show. Johnny Depp as the Hatter ... well, he played the part amazingly, but I just think the characterization was a bit off and that's the issue with the whole movie. The Hatter in many ways sets the pace and tone and since his was always off, the movie kind of seemed that way at times, too.

That's not to say that it's not a worthwhile flick. Far from it, it's quite worth your time to check out. For the visuals alone, it's worth it. Crispin Glover's turn as the Knave of Hearts is another huge plus for the movie. Stephen Fry's Chesire Cat revives the film in spots.

While I think the movie suffers from an uneveness - there are plenty of high and low points (and no that's not a "Drink Me" "Eat Me" pun) - it's better than having a solid two-hours of mediocrity. Because when it's good, it's very good, and when it's not it's just OK. Which is a lot more than Charlie and Chocolate Factory ever was.

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