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Alice in Wonderland

A 2010 Tim Burton film based on Lewis Carroll's book of the same name.

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Down The Rabbit Hole

  • Mar 6, 2010
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Ever see a movie that you can't wait to get back from and tell everyone about? That's THIS movie. Avatar can make that claim for last year, but this one will be held in people's memories until 2011. I just got back from seeing it and I want to tell you all about it. Well, not everything, that's not my style, but if you're wondering if you should go to theater to catch this, I hope I can make you go the rest of the way.

I didn't know what to expect from this movie. I had seen the trailers, some of the press photos like everyone else has. Somehow I didn't see any interviews the actors were doing for the film. Sometimes having no idea is the best way to go into a movie. We're all expecting some wonders in special effects and that's what you're going to get. The last time this movie was done it was done animated. I know I wasn't the only one who grew up watching the original. To do this movie live action, you HAVE to have special effects, and now it looks like we've finally gotten there.

Alice in Wonderland is based off of both "The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland" and "Through The Looking Glass" by Lewis Caroll. You'll see where each part of his story fits in as the movie goes on. I found the plot very interesting and worth following. As special effects driven at it is the movie is also story driven. Sure, there are some things you can call early on, but if you're doing that you're not really watching a movie just to enjoy it are you? Enjoy this movie for what it is. What it is to you will be different than for me, but it's a fun, fantasy adventure of a classic tale everyone knows well or had heard of.

In roles for actors seemed destined to play then, you've got Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter. I don't know what I was expecting with this particular casting, but everyone would probably think of Depp first in such a role. He was certainly entertaining, but not screen stealing. This is important. The movie is about Alice and he knows when to tone it down. Anne Hathaway as the White Queen is also great casting. I'm probably a little biased, but there are few other actresses I'd cast in a role meant to define and personify purity and beauty. She's a brilliant actress and like the rest of the cast knows well the focus of this movie. Helena Bohnam Carter is cast as the Red Queen. She has played some crazy roles in her time including the psycho Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series. I think this role really works for her too. I can't say she'd be my first choice, but I don't have a second choice to propose either. She did a wonderful job as the jealous Red Queen.

In this Wonderland world Lewis created it's hard to not find a memorable character. All the animals have personality as well as the stuffy family Alice tries to get away from in the beginning of the film. I think we all have our favorite characters, mine being the Mad Hatter from back in the original animated movie. The big picture plot of this movie is good versus evil, but it delves a bit deeper than that. This story is so great because it demands more from people.

It demands more from them, not in a push-for-greatness, accomplish-more sense. It demands more from people to use their imaginations, remember the wonders of being a kid and that we forget that sort of thing as an adult. That, perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to shrug off the dreams and fantasies kids can create. Who are we to say they're not true? Who are we to say they're not real? What seems to be a dream might be a forgotten memory. Alice in Wonderland wants us to open our minds to the impossible. You may not believe in talking rabbits and a world like Wonderland, but I'm sure it's all the same to them since they don't believe in you either.

I'd see this movie again. That says a lot, to me, in my reviews. Anything worth seeing twice is worth watching. This is one of those movies you'll watch time and again.
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July 13, 2010
Great review as always, Robby!  Like I said before, you should totally add this and any of your movie reviews to the Movie Hype community.  Your reviews will get more loving in there since you'll get the attention of the movie lovers in the community! ;)
 
July 13, 2010
This review is so totally true! I defiantly agree
 
March 06, 2010
I was waiting eagerly for this movie, but other negative print reviews I have seen were making me rethink my $15 for a 3-D ticket. Thanks for a different slant. I'll definitely go!
 
March 06, 2010
Thanks for an insight into a film I probably wouldn't have ventured to see, but after your review I'm intrigued and will now go see it to satisfy my curiosity.
 
March 06, 2010
Good review. This is definitely something I'd like to see, but not something I'm going to rush to the theatres for. I personally think that Anne Hathaway looks strange with the lighter hair, but that's just me. Thanks for the insight.
March 09, 2010
I mentioned I was biased :) I think she looks hot however she is. She really made the film better for me. I'm glad she was in it.
 
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*1/2 out of ****    "Alice in Wonderland" is quite possibly the most boring film Tim Burton has ever made. It is so boring - and tedious, and maddening, and flat - that it comes off as an absolute surprise that such a brilliant and visionary filmmaker would have made it. But did Burton really make it? That's what I'm wondering by the time it's over, because this is just a mess. And not a fun mess either. It's one of those good-looking, overly indulgent and just-so-goddamn-stupid …
review by . December 12, 2010
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review by . July 08, 2010
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review by . May 17, 2010
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review by . March 30, 2010
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review by . June 07, 2010
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review by . June 04, 2010
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Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 Tim Burton film staring Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Alan Rickman as the Caterpiller, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.  It is slated for a March 5th 2010 release.

Tim Burton was born to bringAlice in Wonderlandto the big screen. Ironically, his version of the Victorian text plays more likeThe Wizard of Ozthan a Lewis Carroll adaptation. On the day of her engagement party, the 19-year-old Alice (a nicely understated Mia Wasikowska) is lead by a white-gloved rabbit to an alternate reality that looks strangely familiar--she's been dreaming about it since she was 6 years old. Stranded in a hall of doors, she sips from a potion that makes her shrink and nibbles on a cake that makes her grow. Once she gets the balance right, she walks through the door that leads her to Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Matt Lucas), the Dormouse (Barbara Windsor), the Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman), and the Cheshire Cat (a delightful Stephen Fry), who inform her that only she can free them from the wrath of the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter channeling Bette Davis) by slaying the Jabberwocky. To pull off the feat, she teams up with the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp in glam-rock garb), rebel bloodhound Bayard (Timothy Spall), and Red's sweet sister, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway in goth-rock makeup). While Red welcomes Alice with open arms, she plans an execution for the hat-maker when he ...
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Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: March 5, 2010
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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