|Yet another painfully inept Burton film.||0 out of 4 users found this review helpful.|
So here we are again with another Tim Burton, Johnny Depp team up. How does it fare? Well like the last couple it's not so great.
The movie was shot in 2D and because of the huge success of Avatar, Disney decided to jump on the 3D bandwagon and turn this movie into something that it wasn't indented to be. But it's a waste because it isn't noticeable. To some having the 3D be subtle is a good thing and it is. But the 3D in this movie is almost non existent and only really shows it's face when someone throws something at the screen or when the Cheshire Cat's face comes directly at you. Bottom line, it's a waste and if you have the choice, see it in 2D.
The movie is supposed to be a sequel of sorts to the original animated Disney film. Although you wouldn't really know it since everything that happened in that movie pretty much happens here. She falls down a rabbit hole, grows small (we'll talk about that in a minute), meets the caterpillar, has tea with the Mad Hatter and his insane friends, and at this point almost 40 minutes in (with only an hour left in the film at this point) we start getting into something a little new.
Alice was supposed to come back and slay the Jabberwocky because it for some reason has a hold on all of Wonderland and gives the Red Queen her power. It doesn't make much sense and isn't really explained. The Mad Hatter is kidnapped and Alice decides to go save him instead of following her "destiny" and go meet the White Queen. Here is where things get a little iffy with me. The Red Queen takes the Mad Hatter to her castle. The castle that holds the only sword capable of killing the Jabberwocky. Alice, instead of following her destiny and going to the White Queen to just get orders to go get the sword, decides to go to the Red Queen's castle. How this in any way is not following her destiny is beyond me because she's essentially cutting out the middle man and going directly to the sword, albeit not exactly with that being her single goal or priority. Then they make a big deal about how she's making her own choices and isn't bound to the prophecy. Yeah, going directly to the sword and not getting orders from the White Queen to go do exactly what she was just going to tell you to do is really something of a heroes legacy am I right?
Then at the end there is a very small war that seems no bigger than a weekend at the LARP club and the Jabberwocky is summoned. Christopher Lee does the voice and has literally 2 lines. Completely wasted talent. Because right after he's finished talking Alice cuts off his tongue. Almost as if to say "we don't have the budget for Christopher Lee to talk so much so here's an excuse to shut him up".
I want to talk about the scene when Alice is trying to unlock the door. She enters and all the doors are locked. She sees a key on the table and unlocks the smallest door. She's too big to fit in so she turns around and sees a bottle that says "drink me". She drinks it and grows small but oh no! the door locked itself shut again. So now she can't get on the table to get the key again. Luckily there is a small piece of cake that makes her big conveniently lying on the floor! Now she's too big! She gets the key, drinks the rest of the potion, and then gets the hell out of there. It's long. It's tedious. It didn't need to be that way. It's not like it was trying to be funny either. It's like they extended the scene because the run time was too short.
Alice was dull and uninteresting and the Anne Hathaway's performance as the White Queen was stupid and almost embarrassing to watch.
That's all I really need to say about the movie. It's short but feels long because of the tediousness of certain scenes. It's full of plot holes and at times can be very dull. I didn't hate the movie and I can't say I was disappointed because I went in without expectations. The only good that came out of it was it giving me an interest in reading the Lewis Carroll novels and I really liked the March Hare character. I just found him amusing. Don't see it in 3D. In fact it's not really worth seeing in the theater. Wait for the DVD and just rent it. You'll get through it and almost immediately forget it. It's not spectacular or memorable and I suspect it will be remembered as being a massive disappointment.
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