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Plot: Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called "Underland," she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne. Runtime: 108 mins Release Date: 31 Dec 2009
For decades Tim Burton has had a unique vision of the world that's he's been trying to communicate in his movies. I knew 20 minutes into this one that I was watching his masterpiece; it's the culmination of everything he's been trying to say. He finally got everything right. This movie is flawless, delicate, and a perfect communion of his world view.I knew halfway through the movie that it was the best I've seen in a decade, and by the end I knew it to be among the best cinematic experiences I've had in 40-odd years.Watching the movie also gave me a twinge of sadness, <more>
because the more I loved the movie, the more I understood -- from experience, mind you -- that it was going to leave a lot of viewers bewildered and unhappy. Tim Burton is generations ahead of his time, and the closer he comes to showing us his true vision, the more people he alienates, leaving an ever-smaller core of aficionados who can be moved and astonished by the brilliance of that vision.Johnny Depp obviously gets the vision. People who work time and again with Burton do so because they get *him*. And Depp gives a bravura, astonishingly subtle performance of an incredibly difficult character. It may have been his finest work to date. But the difficulty of the character will also confuse many people, and you're going to hear about it in the reviews.The movie, like many of Burton's movies, pokes fun at precisely the kind of person who doesn't get this movie. People who've lost touch with the wonderment of their childhoods, people who are mostly concerned with what is fashionable and proper, dull people with little imagination and even less tolerance for it in others -- these people are caricatured in Alice, both in the "real world" at the party and again in the Red Queen's court.Burton's Alice in Wonderland is a wonderful metaphor for the relationship between Burton and his audience. The theme of the movie is that a few people in the world -- "only the best people" -- still have boundless imagination and delight for the truly novel, while the rest of polite society thinks of them as being quirky, off-kilter, or simply embarrassing.It will take years for this mess to get sorted out, of course. People will whine and moan and complain about it. In time they'll accept it. A generation from now this movie will be viewed as one of the best fantasies of our times: a 21st-century Wizard of Oz to which Alice pays a brief homage at the end of the film. A word of advice: go re-read Lewis Carroll's two Alice stories before watching this movie. No Alice has ever been truer to the spirit of Carroll's strange, haunting and timeless vision.
I went into this film without high expectations. I saw so many ways it could go wrong, and many of Burton's more recent films have left me feeling somewhat indifferent. However, all my fears were for naught. I adored the film, without reservation. Indeed, this is not only one of Burton's best films, it is probably the best screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll ever with the possible exception of Jan Svankmajer's Neco z Alenky from 1988 . It isn't often that a film ends and I immediately want to see it again, but that's how Burton's Alice in Wonderland affected me. The <more>
cast is flawless, top to bottom. The film's vision comes the closest anyone has come to capturing the frenetic, nonsensical impossibility of Wonderland and I loved the whole "Underland" thing . I'm hearing all sorts of bizarre negative criticisms, though none with merit. This is a bold and triumphant film, one that finally addresses, without holding back, the darkness and complexity and maturity of Carroll's writing. I will add that I saw it in 2-D, and was pleased that Burton avoided letting the 3-D thing ruin the movie, as is so often the case with that sadly popular gimmick. The film is a giddy, hallucinatory, unrelenting dance of shadow and light, hilarious and heartbreaking, brash and underscored, possessed of all the marvelously contradictory oppositions that characterize the source material. For the first time, I think, it felt as though Alice were truly an integral part of the landscape, and not just some baffled Victorian tourist passing through. And the climactic battle with the Jabberwocky...just wow. I cannot recommend this film strongly enough. --Caitlín R. Kiernan
World Premiere of Alice in Wonderland (by linsweetpea)
I was privileged to be able to see Alice in Wonderland tonight, and it is probably one of the best films I have ever seen!The 3D effects were second to none, totally awe-inspiring and the film flowed perfectly throughout.The casting was perfect! No-one else could possibly have been cast as the Mad Hatter other than Johnny Depp and it was absolutely fantastic to see so many British actors and actresses cast alongside some of Hollywood's greats. Most notably Matt Lucas as Tweedle Dumb and Tweedle Dee was inspired!As it is rated a PG I wouldn't recommend taking children younger than 8 <more>
anyway, it can be scary in places and unfortunately some people had taken younger children who ended up a little upset.....Very much a movie to be viewed on the "big screen" so don't delay and see it next Friday when it goes on public release.
Having never read the book/s, and only having vague memories of the old Disney cartoon version of Alice in Wonderland, all I knew going into this film was the gist of what the story was about. However different things may be this time around, though, it still remains an interesting tale. Alice isn't as young as the first time she visited Wonderland she's 19 now and has forgotten her previous journey, but it seems she goes about doing things exactly the same way as she did her first time around like drinking/eating stuff that says 'Drink Me'/'Eat Me' - Considering <more>
just how ominous that sounds, WHY would you do that?? . Her various "wardrobe malfunctions"/costume changes, as a result of her shrinking/growing, are fun to watch.Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska, despite what some might say, is actually very well cast in the role of the now older Alice. I can see why Tim Burton picked this relative newcomer over more well-known actresses. Despite all the amazing visuals/weird and wonderful characters in Wonderland, Mia is what carries this film. And a grand job she does of it too. She doesn't come off as annoying or stupid, but a character who's trying to figure out who she is and not wanting to let others decide *for* her. She certainly holds her own with rest of the cast and proves to in fact be the "right Alice". Alice definitely has not lost her "muchness".Johnny Depp is actually quite restrained as the Mad Hatter...in a manner of speaking. He never goes so over the top that you can't connect with the character. He does, in fact, give the Hatter much more gravity and depth than you might expect from such a loon. His interaction/friendship with Alice helps ground the film they're very loyal to each other . While he does have his wacky moments, he also has some quieter moments where you really get to see into the heart of his character. Speaking of hearts...Helena Bonham Carter is a riot as the Red Queen/Queen of Hearts. She's completely off her rocker, as you'd expect, what with that bulbous head of hers. Watching her face turn red as she gets all sorts of mad at everyone and everything , resting her feet on pigs and playing croquet with flamingos is really quite amusing. Her taking a liking to "Um from Umbridge" as Alice refers to herself as allowed for some great interaction between the two. Then, of course, the Queen lets loose with the "OFF WITH HER HEAD!!!" screaming once she finds out what is what. Meanwhile, the always creepy Crispin Glover - as Stayne/the Knave of Hearts - is one twisted individual he likes "largeness"? . Of course, by the end of the film, we discover he might not be as devoted to his Queen as first thought which totally blows the mind of the Red Queen's already swollen head .Then there's the White Queen, played to perfection by Anne Hathaway. She totally embodies the role of this graceful, peace-loving, slightly peculiar, extremely pale Queen, who seemingly glides everywhere and is so majestic in all of her movements. Even Ms. Hathaway's *voice* is different to what we're used to. She's a bit odd, but that's what makes her so wonderful - that and the faces she makes when something grosses her out which is especially funny, given the potions she creates - involving ingredients such as urine, fingers and her own spittle .As for the voice cast, I really enjoyed Stephen Fry as the grinning/cheeky Cheshire Cat, Michael Sheen who's been a werewolf, a vampire and is now a fluffy bunny as the White Rabbit and Timothy Spall as the bloodhound, Bayard. As the March Hare, I couldn't understand much of what Paul Whitehouse was saying, but he was nevertheless entertaining as he truly came off as mad - even moreso than the Hatter . The one character I couldn't stand was that stupid Dormouse! How I hated her, with her constant declarations of "She's the wrong Alice!". I was so glad when Alice just TOOK the eyeball of the Bandersnatch from that annoying Dormouse when she dared her to. By the way, I really liked that spotted creature and how it and Alice were a team/friends by the end.As far as story goes, this was an interesting interpretation in that it's a sequel of sorts to the original Alice tale . I never felt things got "boring" at any stage, and while it did come close to running a tad too long, I feel it ended at just the right moment and with a nice conclusion for the character of Alice. This was the first/only movie that I have seen in 3D, and what a great experience it was! Things literally flying out at you/feeling like you could reach out and touch them/like they were there in the cinema *with* you? Truly splendid. It was visually stunning as was the beginning of the end credits . Tim Burton has given us a superb interpretation of the story that puts almost all other screen adaptations to shame. I'd definitely be willing to go down the rabbit hole and see it all again.
Today, Director Tim Burton's latest film Alice Wonderland was released to audiences around the globe. I was fortunate enough to secure tickets to the opening midnight showing in Imax 3D with Jessica, Danny, and Brandon. Now, as a huge fan no reference to my size or eating habits I went in with exceedingly high expectations, and I'm pleased to report that all expectations were met! Tim Burton has once again brought to like a whole new world, filled with amazing creations and visuals. He's managed to take the novel, which had no real sense of plot, direction, or characterization, <more>
and develop it into a full fledged story with incredible fleshed out characters. I was completely entranced not only by the visuals, but my the story and characters themselves. The sets, though all cgi, were beautiful, and really captured the surrealistic feelings the novel contained. Now, this film is not a remake of the classic novel or cartoon Disney film, and is instead a continuation of Alice's struggle to grow up and be comfortable with herself. The parallels between the realm of Underland and her 'reality' are contrasted beautifully, both through characters, scenery, and dialouge. The designs were marvelous, really capturing the dark absurdity that is 'wonderland'. Its rare to witness a film that takes you so far into the story, that when it ends you have to take that moment to recollect yourself into reality again, and that's precisely how I felt when the credits started rolling.In my opinion, I enjoyed this film much more then Cameron's Avatar. Where Avatar was visually marvelous, Burton manages to create an equally stunning world, while maintaining an original plot and characters. The casting as well was incredible, and each actor brought more to the film.Out of five stars, I rate about a 4-4.5. I could go on for hours about the plot, characters, and well, everything...but I don't want to spoil anything for anyone! I'm open for discussion for any who have seen the film though. I hope this review was helpful to those unsure of going to see it. I highly recommend it.I highly recommend seeing this film in theaters, to fully capture the visuals and even the wonderful score by composer Danny Elfman. I look foreward to seeing it again and again when it is released on DVD.
Deserves its $116M opening weekend! (by dollface219)
My primary reason for seeing this movie was because it was another Bonham Carter-Depp-Burton collaboration. I was timid to pay the 3D price after remembering Burton's attempt at "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" I wasn't a big fan of the movie, like many other critics , but this was well worth the price tag.I agree with many of the other reviews available online. The visual experience is breathtaking and when this movie is released, it will be well worth the Blu-ray price. However, I disagree with reviews stating the movie had no "plot" or "substance" <more>
or was "too confusing." For those of you who haven't seen it, be sure to pay attention to the beginning of the movie--everything that happens ties in with Alice's Wonderland experience. Perhaps this is where people have become disappointed: you can't watch this movie thinking it's just like the book or a remake/live-version of the Disney animated film that was produced nearly 60 years ago. You have to approach the movie for what it is--Burton taking familiar characters, a familiar setting and plot, then expanding on it with his own take once again with the help of best friend Johnny Depp and long-time significant other Helena Bonham Carter ; using superb animation technology and phenomenal costume design--I expect to see various "Alice"s this Halloween.I give this a 9/10... because, no film is perfect.
Wonderful, but only a visual masterpiece. (by OwenAllaway)
Disney presents Tim Burton's Alice in WonderlandSTARRINGJohnny Depp... as Willy Wonka, if Willy Wonka hadn't been Michael JacksonMia Wasikowska... as a winsome young lady Alice who discovers her inner fortitudeCrispin Glover... who doesn't dance, unfortunatelyHelena Bonham-Carter... with a big headMatt Lucas... as two Matt LucasesStephen Fry... who does actual voice acting and doesn't just read his linesPaul Whitehouse... who against all my expectations, still does know how to be very funny Alan Rickman... who nearly steals the movie, just by doing what he does bestChristopher <more>
Lee... who actually steals the movie with just two linesANDBabs Mitchell-Windsor... playing a character her actual, real sizeI can see why the they've not really wanted to call the film a proper sequel. It is that, being the story of a nineteen year old Alice who returns to barely-remembered Wonderland, but it also lifts dialogue and scenes from the original books. The story is your standard journey, emotionally, but all set in a very Tim Burton Wonderland.Which, of course, looks astounding. Wonderland is an amazing place, often colourful, but equally often ravaged and desolate. It's a treat for the eyes, with the imagination and design shining through the technology. It's very, very good, but strange things happen if you look somewhere the 3D doesn't want you to look and there's the odd moment of strangely stiff animation, especially when human -like characters are completely CGI-ed up. Unexpectedly, it sometimes feels like one of the Narnia films though makes those movies look like accountant-led spreadsheets that have been printed out on toilet paper and left out in the rain , but mainly it's exactly what you'd expect from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. It's a great big treat of a movie, to be sure. Given that it's Tim Burton working with Disney, it's often gruesome and scary, but not too much. It makes you laugh at times, it pins you to the back of your seat at others, it gets you leaning forward trying to drink in every detail of the place, but it's not ever actually surprising. You know what's up, you know where things are going and you're never shocked. Maybe once, in a quiet, horrible scene that stands out, even amongst the rest. Even if you've not seen a single still photo or second of footage, if you know Wonderland and you know Tim Burton, you can picture it yourself effortlessly.So much of it is still in my head this morning, but it's all visual. There's no heartache or sense of triumph that lingers after a great story. Funny as it is, there's only one line I'm ever likely to quote a single word . I just have these amazing images left in my brain. In that sense, then, it's appropriately dream-like.I doubt I'll go back and watch it again at the cinema, but I'm most definitely getting the Blu- Ray when it comes out next week, or whenever Disney decided they should bring it out.If it feels like I've damned it with faint praise, I don't intend to. It's all pretty wonderful for the two hours it takes to speed past you, but I just want to make it clear - nothing that goes into your ears or your heart ever quite matches what goes into your eyes.
Movie Review: 'Alice in Wonderland' is a beautiful world to behold (by d_art)
Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is a sequel and not a retelling of the original children's novels by Lewis Carroll. In this film, Alice is now 19-years old, and soon after the death of her father, is proposed to be married away. Feeling pressured, she runs off, following a white rabbit, which leads her to Wonderland, a place she only vaguely remembers from childhood. There, she meets past familiar faces as the Mad Hatter Johnny Depp , the Blue Caterpillar Alan Rickman , the Cheshire Cat Stephen Fry , and eventually the Red Queen Helena Bonham Carter , who has been terrorizing the <more>
land with her harsh rule and beheading of heads. Alice finds out that her destiny is to end the Red Queen's rule by slaying the queen's dragon, Jabberwocky, as written in the prophesy. Along the way she meets up with all sorts of colorful characters.If you remember, Steven Spielberg's Hook was the live action sequel to Peter Pan. Similarly, Tim Burton's film is very much like a close cousin, except it's about Alice. The progression of the story is also kind of similar, where the main character, Alice, like Peter, must rediscover herself and finally defeat her nemesis. Likewise, both films are both elaborately staged, they are both about growing up and making choices, and there's a big showdown. Chances are if one liked Hook, one will find many things to like about Alice.Tim Burton's version of the Wonderland's environments are gorgeous, imaginatively created, lots of colorful details, and breathes life. The castles are sleek and intricately designed. The creatures are generally live versions CG of the Disney's previous animated version, and they're even more odder and fun to look at. I particularly loved the portrayal of the Chesire Cat in this film, and the way he snakes through midair like water feels very natural, although it wouldn't feel so natural in real life. Only complaint I may have in terms of visuals would probably be where we see CG versions of natural creatures like dogs--they're not particularly stylized so their CG-ness can be more noticeable.Danny Elfman's score fits the environment just right, giving added intensity when needed. This film is essentially Tim Burton's playground and even if there wasn't any story, it still would be plenty of fun to just watch the loony characters in their environment. I will add that 3-D aspect of it helped a lot.Johnny Depp plays the Mad Hatter with usual gusto, as he brings much energy and quirkiness to such an oddball character. I suppose there is a mix of Willy Wonka and Jack Sparrow in there somewhere. Given that other characters are mostly or completely CG, Johnny Depp's character can feel a bit of out of place, as he still feels human. Helena Bonham Carter as the big-headed literally Red Queen is fun, expressive, and extremely likable for such a short-tempered character. Mia Wasikowska is particularly noteworthy as Alice, which she plays with free-spirited pluckiness, charm, and beauty.The story, admittedly, is a simple one, although it is to the story's credit that Alice is now an adult--it helps since many happenings in Wonderland can be quite unfriendly, bizarre, and grotesque. Thankfully, no more worries about some dream causing some lifelong trauma to some poor child. I also appreciated the fact that her Wonderland, like dreams, is an extension of her frustrations with the "real" world, where she felt she had many "expectations" from outside forces. At the same time, it's not like Where the Wild Things Are, where other characters are actually projections of real-life people from the main character's life. For example, to read Mad Hatter as an extension of her father feels a bit like a stretch, although the Red Queen could possibly represent her future mother-in-law since they both dislike animals. Certainly, one can merely enjoy it at face value and the creativity of this world and be fine with it.Overall, I enjoyed this world of Alice. In one sense, that may be the important thing, if one were to stick to the flavor of the original novel. The story within the Wonderland, I felt, wasn't as poignant as "real life" moments, which were filmed with much love and detail. Given the fact that original story consisted of series of random events and character interactions, it was nice to see the characters work together a bit. The overall result isn't something beyond what one would expect from this style of work, but it's fun, and where it succeeds, it succeeds well, thanks to the consistency of Tim Burton's imaginative visuals. *** out of **** stars.For more of my reviews, you can follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/d_art
Having read a less than enthusiastic review of the film, I wasn't expecting all that much. Though the reviewer did say that if you were a fan of Tim Burton, you'd be in first line waiting, and I suppose he was right in that.When I went to buy my ticket, I was given glasses and realised it was in 3D! Didn't know this. Let me get this straight right now, if I had seen this before Avatar, I'd have wowed, but seeing it after, it made me realise the 3D effects were quite simplistic and I have now realised what a standard Cameron actually set. The film has obviously a budget much <more>
less than Avatar had, and a lot of corners have had to be cut. The 3D is indeed much less tooled, and, while it was nice I think 3D particularly suits fantasy , it is not essential to see it this way, and 2D would serve the film quite well too. Let's get the bad bits over first: The CGI characters were cheap looking and some of them downright bad Bayard, the horses ; the CGI budget was blown on the Jabberwocky, who does deliver, in passing.Burton obviously did not want to make another remake of Alice, so he got the idea to make her go back to Wonderland as an 18 year old; the side-effects of this is that it really feels like a sequel - Alice, the Return - and we know how much worse sequels are from the word go, probably because a story ought to finish with "and they lived happily ever after" and disturbing the dust afterwards feels contrived. So that when Alice arrives in Wonderland, we are subjected to a too long and tedious rehash and representation of all the characters. Burton might have been better off just doing something more different, rather than having to resume the first story in the first half of the film, which takes a while then to take off properly.Alice is then 18, her father has died, and she is a wilfully delightful original girl, who daydreams all the time. She is invited to a grand ball, where her suitor, a young noble with digestive troubles, proposes to her. But Alice has seen the rabbit in the garden and flees to follow him, and go back to Wonderland, of which she has all forgotten about. In Wonderland, the red queen has overthrown the white queen and rules over beasts and men in a desolate kingdom. Alice is the promised one who can defeat the jabberwocky, dragony type monster who helped the red queen take over. She meets all her old friends and reluctantly embarks on this quest.Once we've been reintroduced to all the characters, the story finally takes off. Helena Bonham Carter is a villain in the class of Basil Rathbone, Johnny Depp slowly takes over the whole show and Alice herself is an absolute joy. Stephen Fry as the Cheshire cat is simply brilliant. The other characters are somewhat blander, and some of them totally forgettable. Alan Rickman as the caterpillar is of course fantastic, but he only appears to deliver bits of wisdom here and there and is not made the most of My feeling throughout the whole thing was that Tim Burton couldn't make up his mind if he wanted a child's film or an adult film, and it veers from one to the other constantly, without much consistence. This is a shame. Disney produced the film, and it does feel as if Terry Gilliam had been taken over by Walt in a weird satanic internal struggle. Indeed there is a smattering of Python humour as well, and the crowd laughed a few times out loud. Once I laughed out loud myself, and I can't remember when that happened last in a cinema. 2/3rd of the way, I finally was totally engrossed in the story, Johnny Depp was growing exponentially in his role even though his Scottish accent is shaky in places and even though it isn't all that different from Jack Sparrow to start with , and it ended in a total success The epilogue might not have been entirely necessary - but Disneys and children and Hollywood must .The general atmosphere of Wonderland was quite to very good, even with the budget obvious CGI limitations and it definitely had a Gilliam feel to it well, it's Burton, isn't it , that fantasy tang, that I always failed to see in LOTR the movie* which does look like random leather-clad dudes and trees walking across New-Zealand, let's face it. Actually, except that scene with Arwen at Aragorn's grave . It's probably the same bluey filter they use in the Guinness ads, and I love the feel of it. I thought the final confrontation was great. I wonder is Weta involved, or is John Howe involved, because it did remind me of Finarfin vs Morgoth or St George vs. the dragon *the white queen's castle is very reminiscent of Rivendell I must say.So, for all its faults, I did enjoy the film very much and would go again, if only for Johnny Depp, who is disturbingly and magnetically attractive, even as a deformed fool.