Truth be told, I will say this much about Tim Burton’s take on Alice and Wonderland – it is a great looking film which seemed like a painting come to life. A complete head-trip for those who love the experience movie theaters provide with their gargantuan screens.
Last Saturday, I had the opportunity to see the 3D version of Alice in Wonderland at the Shangri-La Cineplex; a technology that includes an eye gear of which I have never been a huge fan of. But the nice thing about their new goggles (according to Jessica Zafra) is it boasts active 3D glasses which use a liquid-crystal cell that enables “fast switching, optimal extinction ratios (the time it takes for the shutter to block the eye), and a wide viewing field.” This means a brighter image and more accurate color. This one was less clunky and it stayed on your face, unlike it’s SM and Greenbelt counterpart that makes you look like you’re about to weld metals.
But let’s go back to the movie.
If you ask me about the story, it’s a little tone-deaf. If you’ve read Lewis Carrol’s opus you’d identify that there is a significant amount of rehashing going on in here. When I read a few press releases explaining that it’s not the Wonderland we’ve known but a re-imaging and re-loading of what might have happened in case Alice woud go back, I allowed it to sink. But after leaving the movie house, I soon realized it was all jumbled together. Don’t get me wrong though, it was still okay – it’s just significant to point out that it was the weakest part of the whole production.
As for the actors, I think Burton did a good job in casting … both voice talents and CGI. There were so many dimensions with the Red Queen’s (Helena Bonham-Carter) character that I was rooting for her. Anyone has the right to bitch if you had a head that huge. There was also a fun distraction when The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) brings out the voice inside his head (the drunken Irish). As for Alice’s performance, well, Mia Wasikowska is pretty much perfect for the part she plays – if Alice was mildly confused, scared, politely annoyed and in denial. She was, unfortunately easily upstaged, even by the Fat Boys.
But let me just say this: The electric boogaloo Depp did at the end was just wack. In a way I’d appreciate more if they didn’t include it.
The cinematography being crisp and delightfully filling, can be easily noted, as the one triumph that carried the whole film. They really did some remarkable work that should impress tons of fans. Heck, it impressed me.