Monday, March 08, 2010

My Name is Alice, I Live in a Palace

I saw Alice in Wonderland this weekend in 3-D. I quite liked it. A lot. Let me say, I'm a huge Tim Burton fan and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is my favorite book. I would rather have a well told brand new story using the Wonderland characters than an unsatisfying film that attempted to stay true to the original. One of the things that displeased me so much about the 1999 made for tv movie was the caterpillar declaring, and I'm paraphrasing, Everything has a purpose. Even in Wonderland. No, in fact it doesn't. Tim Burton is the perfect director to embrace the madness and nonsense of Wonderland. I thought he did a good job of mixing elements of Wonderland and it's sequel, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. I also like the subtlety of the 3-D. It gave a beautiful film dimension rather than having images fly out at you in a kitschy manner. Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter was like a child borne of Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka. I can't wait to see it again, although my second viewing will not be 3-D.

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