Monday, March 15, 2010

Alice in Wonderland: My Review

Yesterday I packed the family into the cruiser, and we made the hour-long trek to Lewiston to once again, don our 3-D glasses, this time for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland"; which should really be called "Alice Returns to Wonderland", as it is essentially a sequel.

We got off to a bit of a bad start; we were running late thanks to some family squabbling, and by the time we got to the theatre, the previews were almost over and the room was packed! While looking for seats, I missed the preview for "Tron Legacy" which looked pretty awesome from what I saw. So before the movie even began, I was annoyed from the fighting, wet from the rain, MORE annoyed at missing the Tron preview, and SUPREMELY annoyed at having to sit on the far right end of the third row from the screen! The reason I'm telling you this is because it may have influenced my review.

First off, the 3-D is excellent! Perfectly clear and so effective that there is no need for a cheesy paddleball to remind you that you are at a 3-D film. The film is visually stunning, however; this is a Tim Burton film, so the colors are muted, the envronments are dark, and the mood is gothic. I would have liked to see some brighter colors. I enjoyed the performances, and Crispin Glover was a great scene-stealer as "The Knave of Hearts". I was worried that Johnny Depp was going to overpower the film as the Mad Hatter, but that was not so; I enjoyed the depth he brought to the character.

That being said, the movie seems to drag a bit here and there and some of the plot elements are a bit silly. All things considered, I'll give it 2.5 stars out of four.

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