Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surreal place called 'Underland,' she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne.
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One summer’s afternoon I sat at my wife’s friend’s house for her engagement party. I sat alone, because I knew none of the people there outside of the two celebrating their engagement, listening to everyone talk. Finally, after an hour or so of sitting and stuffing my face with snacks, the subject turned to something I find interesting, movies. Everyone was talking about the newly released Tim Burton movie, Alice in Wonderland. Most everyone their liked it and encouraged others to go and see it. I still was jobless and had been for 7 months prior to this, so money was spent on wiser things (for the most part), so I packed that little recommendation away until it came to the streaming Netflix que on my Xbox 360. What was then spewed out of my 60” screen hurt my brain.
Mother of mercy Tim Burton, what have you unleashed on this world? Not only did this movie hurt my brain, it hurt my eyes. This guy usually does well with visuals strung around a decent story, Big Fish, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Sleepy Hollow, etc, but he tried to gouge the eyes of his viewers through the screen on this one. I have been able to count on one hand the movies I have stopped watching and never picked up again, this movie makes me add the other hand into the mix. I just couldn’t do it; I was bored, irritated and uninterested.
I knew previously to watching this that there was another needless feminist agenda laced through this movie. It looked like it was definitely going that way, but not having finished it; I will just have to take the reviewers I read words for it. But it was prevalent in the early stages of the movie, but yet again, was not done well. Alice is played to annoyingly bad childish stupidity by Mia Wasikowska. Our heroine is nothing more than a petulant child, who is deserving of nothing even close to what she feels respect is. She is a girl, wanting to be treated like an adult, who throws little hissy fits to get her point across. Way to empower women there Timmy. She is an extremely unlikable main character. Oh, and real shocker on this one, another feminist movie where every guy in the “real” world is a jerk who treats women like props. If I had to decide which is more annoying it would be the tried and true immature lead who thinks she is owed something she has obviously never deserved, respect. Respect is not earned by whining and pouting Alice.
Also, it’s not the typical Alice story most of us are familiar with. As far as I know it looked like it was the after effect of the two books that were written. So right off the bat, if you are unfamiliar with either book or the previous movie incarnations, who knows if you’ll know what’s going on. It’s also annoying that she has no recollection of either experience. She could have remembered somewhere during the course of the movie, but I don’t care that I really don’t know if that happened or not. The story must have been quickly slapped together so that Tim Burton and Johnny Depp could do another movie together, this time with a much bigger emphasis on giving the audience a seizure.
Granted it’s not entirely fair to write an article for this movie only having seen the first excruciating half hour, but it’s my site and I needed an article to write. Don’t see this movie, can’t stress that enough. Definitely not with kids, the scantily clad Alice has no place in family fair and most young kids might be scared by the looks of the film. But if you have seen it and liked it or still plan on seeing it, more power to you.
I love Alice in wonderland and i loved this verison even more. The mad hatter was truly mad (like he was supposed to be i mean people felt it was weird when he went physico but hello the name is mad hatter for a reason) and the red queen was evil as ever and alice was just as alice should be. If you get the point of the movie and know Tim Burton then you would understand this film and why it was such a great film. Jhonny Depp is indeed a very versatile actor and played his part amazingly and looked like the mad hatter should look. Tim Burton made wonderland look even more fun and did an excellent job with the colors and costumes. It was even better then i thought it would be.
I honestly tried to sit through this insulting movie twice, and walked out both times. The first time I paid matinee prices. I walked out when the mouse stuck a needle in this poor creature's eye, and I"m an adult. Imagine how children feel strapped to their seats with a liter of popcorn! The second time, I saw it at the dollar movies while I was trying to waste an afternoon. That time, I made it all the way to where the Mad Hatter goes completely bonkers and turns into a psychopath. Too scary for me. I've seen happier times visiting Alzheimer's patients.
Little children shouldn't be subjected to the whims of sociopathic bottom feeders from UCLA Film School.
Bad film, not fit for viewing in a Federal penitentiary.