Thursday, 18 March 2010

Alice in JohnnyDeppLand

Have to say that "let's return Alice to Wonderland several years later" isn't the most original idea. There's the computer game, there was last year's Alice, but of all of them Alice in Wonderland has... the biggest budget.

Hey, look, a Burton film starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter... and the main star (one would presume) is credited around fourth or fifth in the list! What's the point of this movie again? Is it just another vehicle for those two? Or does Burton have something to say on the Alice genre?

Actually, I think the closest parallel would be the Wizard of Oz, in that several real life meetings right before the heroine is taken away into a fantasy land injects into what the heroine experiences during that adventure. Although in Alice the father figure replacement *cough*johnny*depp*cough* is more obvious.

A lot of money was spent making this look nice, and on mashing together Alice with Jabberwocky, and neither really benefits from it. From a look at the trivia, Burton didn't really get the point of the original book and, well, you can guess the rest of the line.

Like Avatar, this is pretty to look at, does admittedly have a better story (such as it is), but don't expect to be moved by any great excitement.


1 comment:

Foo said...

That game - American McGee's Alice - is fantastic. Truly a brilliant gem among the 3D first person shooters of the time. I think it's nearly 10 years old now, but I still remember it as being a goodie.