Saturday, March 6, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

Down the rabbit hole...


I just saw Alice in Wonderland (in 3D) today, and I have to say, it completely exceeded my expectations. This is such a beautiful movie. It's impossible to describe how it made me feel.
I mean, just look at the world Tim Burton has created:


It's such an interesting story of Alice's return to Wonderland--though she doesn't remember being there before--to help defend the inhabitants from the Red Queen. Parts are funny, parts are sad, everything is beautiful. Gorgeous. I can't get the images out of my head.
Mia Wasikowska (pronounced vash-i-kov-ska) did an incredible job. Several times I had to remind myself that she was not Claire Danes--she looks a lot like her!
I expect great things from this young lady!

My favorite character from the movie:

The Cheshire Cat. I loved the animation of this guy... the way he just floats around and evaporates... so incredibly cool.

You may want to brush up on your Jabberwocky before seeing the film, though. You'll pick up on a lot more if you are a bit familiar with some of the terms. I'll highlight a few of them here:

Jabberwocky
by Lewis Carroll

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.


Of course, Johnny Depp is ever-brilliant, but at times it seemed as if he didn't know if he was the Mad Hatter or Jack Sparrow. Maybe I've just seen Pirates too many times and forget that Jack's mannerisms are, in fact, Johnny's. The Hatter changed accents so often, so as to affirm his "madness" I'm assuming, that it was difficult to follow his goal at times. He also said quite a few phrases I couldn't understand. I suppose this was intentional... but it was a bit irritating.

On the whole, the story was interesting and exciting, the acting was good all around, the characters were sympathetic, the COSTUMES WERE INCREDIBLE (I want Alice's red dress), and the animation was top of the line (see it in 3D!).
And as always, musical genius Danny Elfman envelops the story with a gorgeous score.

I recommend it to any Tim Burton fan, because there was no doubting for even an instant that this was his work.

Well done. Loved it. Lived up the the hype.

16 comments:

  1. Ooh, it looks so pretty! I really want to watch this, especially after reading Alice in Wonderland for my Children's Lit class a few weeks back. :)

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  2. Ha! Great minds think alike. I just blogged about the same thing. I absolutley LOVED it.

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  3. Glad to hear it is good, since I read a review that was pretty harsh on it. Now I'll go see it!

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  4. yeah, it's good to get an opinion from a movie-goer instead of a "critic."

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  5. oh good. I am glad to know this. I want to see it, but don't want to waste precious babysitter times on crap!
    SB

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  6. I will reiterate that you should be a fan of Tim Burton's work before you see this... because to some, his work IS crap. But I think it's brilliantly creative.

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  7. Oooo, I was the cool mom and let her 11th grader go see it at midnight Thursday night. ;) She came home raving about it! She had been raving about it for MONTHS! lol

    As for the poem, my husband has most of it memorized! He loves that poem!

    I love your layout. It is very chic!

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  8. I'm SO excited about this movie!!! I'm a pretty diehard "Alice" fan, in any form or fashion. Did you see the Syfy miniseries they did based on "Alice in Wonderland"? It was great!

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  9. Did you see this in 3D....I almost went last night but didn't.

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  10. Yes, 3D is the way to go!! It looked amazing!

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  11. I heard that it received mixed reviews and was so disappointed (I've been looking forward to this for almost a year now). I'm really glad that you enjoyed it, and will definitely get out see it while it's in the theater.

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  12. I'm really expecting good things from this movie now. I can't wait to see it! Maybe I can go this next weekend...

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  13. When I saw your jabberwocky, I smiled. I know jabberwocky by heart, since I am in a play called Wonderland! and I sing a song with the rest of the cast-that song is jabberwocky! [you know, you might be able to see the play, you live close by...just go to master's academy of fine arts.com and search for the texan schools

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  14. I have to wait for dvd..2 yr old wont let me watch it.

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  15. I saw it in 3D too and absolutely LOVED it. I was kind of sad when it was over. I love Tim Burton's films. :)

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  16. I can't wait to see this movie! I'm glad to see you liked it. I'll have to get a babysitter so i can go see it... :)

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