Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland – A Visual Treat

So, I’ve been super excited for the last year or so, ever since I heard that Tim Burton was making a new, non-animated Alice in Wonderland movie. I’ve loved almost everything Burton has ever done, and Johnny Depp is one of my favorite actors, so I was sure this would be the best movie ever…

And it was fantastic! I’ll admit, it was a little slow getting started, but about 20 minutes into the movie, I was absolutely hooked. We decided not to see the 3D version, as I feel the visual experience of a movie is much more enjoyable in 2D, at least for the time being. 3D tends to leave too much of the scene out-of-focus, which I detest.

Johnny Depp played the Mad Hatter wonderfully…really quite mad 🙂 Tim’s pick for Alice, played by Mia Wasikowska, was brilliant. I wasn’t so sure at first, but as the movie progressed she fit the part more and more. Helena Bonham Carter did a fabulous job as the Red Queen, but Anne Hathaway’s performance of the White Queen was a bit prissy for my taste. Overall though, the acting in this movie was superb.

However, as good as the acting was, the visuals and scenery were the real star of the show. The Wonderland that Tim has created in this movie is phenomenal. Everywhere you look there is something stunning to see, from the Blue Caterpillar and Mushroom Valley, to the March Hare and the Tea Party. The Jabberwocky was incredible, as were the red and white palaces. I would have appreciated a bit more polish on some of the CG characters (the movement was off on the horses, for instance), but overall it was superb.

I particularly appreciate the dark tone of the movie. There were numerous instances, both in the visuals and the music, where I got a hint of The Looking Glass Wars, or American McGee’s Alice. While this movie was nowhere near as twisted as the Alice video game, it was nevertheless a brilliant theatrical experience. It was also nice to get some story from both Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Through the Looking Glass is a largely neglected piece of Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland, and the more interesting of the two stories in my opinion.

All in all, I would say this movie was superb, and I would highly recommend Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland to any movie aficionado 🙂

You can watch the trailer here:

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjMkNrX60mA]

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