Movie Review: ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, November 25, 2010 at 12:00 am.

Summary: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is a 3D remake of the 1951 original with the legendary Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. A privileged teen named Alice, played by Mia Wasikowska, is grieving the death of her father and exhausted by the stiff, extravagant world she lives in. Following a white rabbit, she falls down a rabbit hole. Disney lessons are learned and she eventually returns to her privileged life with a better sense of herself.

Review: Alice in Wonderland is solely about Johnny Depp. As a matter of fact, anything Johnny Depp is in is solely about him. He can make the most annoying of films artistically relevant, and Alice in Wonderland is no different.  His performance amps a simple childhood story to award-worthy, sure to garner at least a couple nominations.

This is a movie for the kids; adults will be bored with its hyper colors, ghoulish animation and the annoying Alice. But, this is a good film and does the job for its audience. I could never sit through it again, but Tim Burton brought his signature touch without comprising the values of Disney.

Of course, this is more Disney than Burton. So do not expect any of the animated dark side from his previous films. There is no edge; it truly is a Disney film with touches of Burton.  In our post-Avatar world where it seems every film is in 3D, Alice in Wonderland is made for 3D and done right.

Again, Depp doesn’t disappoint, and the visuals are stellar, but for me the plot lost its zeal 20 minutes in. At times, Burton’s vision saves the yawn-filled moments, but it never fully takes off. One can argue this Alice in Wonderland isn’t about a plot, it is simply eye candy.

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