Friday, 19 March 2010

Thoughts on Alice in Wonderland 3D

There may be spoilers ahead so if you don't want to know, then don't read on...

So. I absolutely loved it. Loved it.

Do you know when you're sitting watching a film and you think to yourself, 'god, I'm just so loving sitting here and watching this?'
That's how I was in 'Alice'.

I loved The Red Queen, played by Helena Bonham Carter. Loved. I loved Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat.

Of course Tim Burton (the director) lives up the road from me in Hampstead in London (please note monumental name and suburb bomb, thanks...) Anyway, so old Timmy, my mate, lives up the road and obviously takes walks on Hampstead Heath in the winter because so much of the scenery resembled Hampstead Heath.

So it all felt warm and close to home. Aaah...

And did you notice too, for example, when Alice is sitting in the White Queen's castle before she slays the Jabberwocky - the scenery isn't matte painted, the waterfalls in the background actually fall?

It's those minute attentions to detail that meant I just felt lavished from start to finish.

I didn't find the 3D tiring or intrusive and there weren't the tedium of endless things flying out into the audience.

It was colourful, clever, visually stunning and; I have read some critics who've moaned that the characters are a bit short and one-dimensional but I disagree. This is Alice in Wonderland, it's hardly fucking Ingmar Bergman.

Oh well. I loved it and would go and see it again. And Johnny Depp was brilliant too. Although I am a massive fan of Tim Burton. Batman and Beetlejuice are in my Top 40 movies of all time, like.

I would give it 8.5 out of ten.


fleetmonkey said...

Not seen it - will probably wait for video. From the adverts though - did you notice how much Johnny Depp looks like Madonna as the Mad Hatter - I think its the eyelashes and the slight tooth gap.

With the waterfalls they developed realistic waterfalls for the city of Naboo in the latest Star Wars films - and its actually salt they pour on chroma key (actually blue screen as opposed to green I seem to remember from the making of) - and then combine the two.

Jake said...

I liked it, didn't love it! I really liked Cheshire Cat and the Caterpillar, obviously the Red Queen, and the White Queen too though I don't think Anne Hathaway was given enough to do really!

Really didn't get on with the girl who played Alice, I think she was pretty cardboard really (both meanings of that!)