Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Opening up with mixed reviews, I wasn’t sure what to expect from this film. Of course I went to see it in 3D, and I recommend anyone going to see Alice in Wonderland, go see it in this format. Everyone knows the story of Alice, following the white rabbit down the hole, so I won’t bore you with details. There are a few fresh twists on the story, not that they work very good.

This movie really used Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas) in its marketing, and I was disappointed in Depp’s  performance. Why I am not sure, he was weird and kooky like you would expect from the Mad Hatter, he just lacked character. Helena Bonham (Planet of the Apes, Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein)Carter was good as the Red Queen, but hard to really pay attention to her performance with her enlarged head. Crispin Glover (Back to the Future, Willard)  plays his usual character and Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, The Devil Wears Prada) gives a very lackluster performance as the White Queen.

Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands) does a great job with creating a fun quirky world, visually stunning to look at, but maybe that was the only thing he was paying attention to. If you are a huge Burton fan, you will enjoy seeing the world he has created, but anyone else, the movie will probably bomb for you. For me the 3D made it interesting to watch once, but that is about it. If you want 3D fun, go check it out at a matinée price, plus you get a lengthy Toy Story 3 trailer in 3D, otherwise save your money.

Nurse Betty

Nurse Betty

Nurse Betty is an above average film that has a very dark tone with it’s humor but still sophisticated if you want to think about it. There are a few scenes in the movie, especially the scene with Betty’s husband, Del, that turns very violent, but there are some wonderful lines of dialog that come from it. Of course this is how the movie gets its start with Betty and a traumatic event, that throw her into shock where she believes she is a character in her favorite soap opera. And the quest is on to find her soap opera love, David Ravell, played by Greg Kinnear (As Good As It Gets).

Renne Zellweger (Best Supporting actress Cold Mountain) gives her standard performance with basically playing a similar role to Bridget Jones. She does have some wonderful scenes late in the film with Greg Kinnear when they encounter each other and she is convinced he is her reality, the surgeon from Loma Vista, the soap’s hospital. Both Greg Kinnear and Morgan Freeman (Best Supporting Actor for Million Dollar Baby) are good in their roles, but the scene stealer throughout this movie is Chris Rock…something I thought I would never thought I would say. He has a very quick tongue and is very witty in his comments and conversations with Morgan Freeman.

Overall, this isn’t a movie that was made for awards and nominations, but a dark comedy that delivers. To me I don’t have to have movies that need to be discussed philosophically to no end, I just want to have fun and be entertained sometimes. Seeing this movie, I was entertained.