Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland

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After a week almost a week since it’s been out, got around to watching Alice in Wonderland the a couple nights ago, and I thought it was actually pretty cool. I’d say it was really good, not amazing – but really good. Mind you, I actually didn’t see the 3D version, so I’m not sure what I may have missed out on in that regard, but the story and characters are obviously the same – and, you know I think those 3D glasses are kind of annoying. With last weekend being it’s first in the box office, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland actually beat Avatar’s first weekend! I think Avatar’s 3D experience helped pave the way for people to get excited for this one too. I also think that the fact that this classic tale was remade by Tim Burton and featured some of our current favorites, Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway, also had some pull.

I think Tim Burton did an excellent job with this story. We get to see more of Alice’s life outside “Wonderland” which was actually quite interesting. The film is a combination of “real life” actors and computer animation which actually worked and flowed together seamlessly. Johnny Depp was also great in the film, as you may have expected from the previews and from his extensive resume. His portrayal of a Mad Hatter was bang on. Anne Hathaway’s interpretation of what was The White Queen (The Red Queen’s sister) was hilarious. She was pretty much making a mockery of herself, or what she interpreted the dainty, good-hearted queen would be in a fairy tale.

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Hands down, my favorite actor/character in this movie was Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen. She owned the character and really stood out in this film, and was absolutely hilarious. She was, I guess, half computer animation (her body), but her enormous head that she’s known for in the story, was her own. The completely computer generated Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum made me crack up several times as well.

I don’t want to give too much away if you haven’t seen it, so I’ll stop there. On a side note, because it’s a children’s story (if I was a kid I would have been scared during this movie), there were a lot of previews for kid’s movies (all 3D almost). There is one I totally want to see as it looks hilarious: Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Looks hilarious…kind of a younger version of Mean Girls, from a boy just entering middle school’s perspective.

Check out the trailer below: