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.

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Anne Hathaway (Devil Wears Prada) does give a very emotion filled performance, of course that got her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. I didn’t realize she was capable of such a role. Playing a drug addict coming home for her sisters wedding, the tension starts right away in the family. She struggles to stay clean and be a part of the family again.

Directed by Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), the film has a very raw down home feel. Some of the scenes go on a bit to long, such as the scene where everybody gets up and does there dedication to the couple, the toast scene at the table and even at the end of the movie once everything is wrapped up…the wedding scene goes a bit long. However, it is not to say that I really dislike them that way, in face it may be a necessary breather throughout the film since there are very intense and uncomfortable scenes throughout. And it may ad to the toast scene with everyone giving their “on par” toasts….then it is Kim’s turn and you feel for her that much more when she gives her toast.

Of course the highlight of the film is Anne Hathaway’s performance, overall this is a very good film. Probably not one to watch over and over for smiles, but for great acting and film making, this is a good film to choose to see.