The Stainless Steel Rat (stainsteelrat) wrote,
The Stainless Steel Rat

Alice in Wonderland (2010). Directed by Tim Burton and written by Linda Woolverton. The film stars Mia Wasikowska as a grown up Alice on the verge of an arranged marriage. Alice runs away from the wedding ceremony, during a moment of indecision, and falls down a hole in the roots of a tree. She lands in a somewhat familiar room with a bottle on the table labelled "drink me". And so the story unfolds. Alice in Wonderland felt like a rather conflicted film. On the one hand the special effects were truly stunning, and purportedly almost drove both the cast and the effects company to madness, ironically. Also the performances are good and consistent, from the likes of Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp and more. On the other hand the film was a rather soulless experience with a hodge podge of ideas obviously lifted from the original story but seemingly without any genuine charm (the computer generated nature of the film didn't help with this). This is underlined by Burton's criticism of the original book, and his arrogance (justified or not) to believe he can create something better - I have seen various productions of the original story though, albeit mostly as a child, which all felt like they had more charm than this. The film has an inevitable end, but the items that surround it felt odd and tacked on. Burton did similar things with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, making something less of the original book. Perhaps I'm just not the target audience for this film though, and the update is targeted at young (modern) teens. Critically the film hasn't received a great reception, although has had great returns at the box office (currently the highest grossing film of 2010). It wasn't for me though. 2/5 (Poor)
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