Sunday, 7 March 2010

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland
Tim Burton's new film, Alice In Wonderland, stars Mia Wassikowsa as a mature, feminist Alice, who returns to Wonderland (or, more correctly, Underland), in a loose adaptation of Lewis Carroll's novels Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass. Johnny Depp, who has taken the lead role in six previous Burton films, plays the Mad Hatter. Burton's partner, Helena Bonham Carter, plays the Red Queen.

Depp and Bonham Carter have previously appeared together in Burton's films Corpse Bride, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd. The eccentric Mad Hatter has the appearance and mannerisms of Willy Wonka from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, though Depp adds an occasional Glaswegian accent to signify anger. The shrill Red Queen resembles Queenie from Blackadder II.

Depp and Bonham Carter basically steal the show; Bonham Carter's performance is more consistent, though, and Depp's dance (like Grandpa's in Charlie & The Chocolate Factory) is anticlimactic. There's an impressive British supporting cast led by Stephen Fry as the sly Cheshire Cat, though Anne Hathaway's White Queen is far too passive. The plot has been significantly altered, with much emphasis placed on Alice slaying the Jabberwocky in a final battle scene. The un-necessary action sequences, coupled with the extensive CGI, are untypical of Burton's films. (A 3D version, converted in post-production, has also been released.)

5 comment(s):

Qiqo said...

it was too disney-ish for me.. and i didnt like anne hathaway and her fake english accent... it's so fake and sometimes she deliver lines in american accent.. :P but i enjoyed it a lot..

Matthew Hunt said...

I thought the rabbit and mouse were too Disneyish, and I also disliked Anne Hathaway. But Helena Bonham Carter was hilarious, especially when she was questioning the frogs and the Hatter.

Qiqo said...

Helena gave great justice to the role of queen of hearts! She's a favourite.. I started liking her since i watched conversations with other women.. Have you seen alice in wonderland on imax? yes i didnt like the mouse... planning to go somewhere on friday? hehe

Matthew Hunt said...

I saw the 2-D and 3-D versions, but not IMAX. I have plans Friday.

Qiqo said...

wow... 2D and 3D. I'll stay home on friday, im quite scared going out. Good luck and gute nacht!