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13 March 2010 @ 12:44 am
Alice in Wonderland  
Well, that was a very good film with a little bit of disappointment at the end, that may have spoilt it overall. How annoying.

Basically, it's visual feast, as you might expect from Tim Burton, luscious with a little bit of viciousness, and a heart-warming tale with the underlying message about a little girl growing up and becomg an adult, and also sexualised, although that was quite subtle, given it's PG.

The Cheshire Cat is the sexiest cat I've seen since Puss in Boots from Shrek, quite alarmingly so, and voiced by Stephen Fry, which did no harm at all. Tweedledum and Tweedledee were sweet and funny, Matt Lucas did a splendid job. Jonny Depp was as good as he always is, and I loved the wreck that the tea party had become, that faded grandeur - very Miss Haversham, I adored it.

What disappointed me were two things. First, earlier in the film the White Queen - the embodiment of all that is good and pure - says that she is sure that the Red Queen is as evil as she is because there must be a something pressing on her brain, like a tumour (the Red Queen has a bulbous head). But then, at the end, she is banished with hardly a kind word from her sister, and no attempt to heal her - I really thought it was the waste of a good set up.

The second, and more annoying thing, may only be annoying to me - Alice has been having this sort-of love affair with the Mad Hatter, and although I wasn't at all disappointed that she had to go back to the real world, because that's the way the story goes, the Hatter says that she will go back and forget him. That's a device, I think, there's parallels for many of the other characters in the real world, she will meet, or we the audience will glimpse Depp, in a role in the real world. I watch the end of the film, all the way to the end of the credits, because I couldn't believe there hadn't been such a scene, but there wasn't. She really did seem to have forgotten him, the man that she was obviously destined for. And that's how the film ends.

Now, maybe it's just because I'm an old romantic, but it seemed to me like a dramatic build-up that Burton welched on. It's left a really sour taste. All I wanted was the glimpse of young Lieutenant on the ship she was on at the end or something. I wasn't asking for marriage proposals, dammit. As I said - annoying.

It makes me want to write fic though, so I suppose it's not all bad :)
 
 
 
Autumn LeCroixcornmouse on March 13th, 2010 12:55 am (UTC)
a;kldsjfkasjf I AM SO GLAD YOU THOUGHT THE SAME THING AS ME, RE; MAD HATTER. Seriously. I loved the movie, don't get me wrong, but that bit almost ruined it for me as well. It was slightly upsetting to see how Burton, usually a man of intense detail, abandon that.

And yes, re: the white queen. I disliked her character over-all, though I'm not sure if that's AnneH's fault, or the screenwriter's fault. Either way, her character fell flat.

Other than that, I adored the film. I, too, loved the former glory appeal of the tea party, and Stephen's Cat. My favourite, however, was the caterpillar. AAAAH, so much love for that man. ♥
Valderys: PotC - A Pirate's Life for Mevalderys on March 13th, 2010 02:13 pm (UTC)
Well, I am now wondering whether he was made to cut some scenes a little for the running time or something and maybe that was why it was left out?

Or it was too subtle - because the Hatter believes she will forget him, and yet when she gets back, on board ship she obviously does remember Absolom, so are we meant to infer that she does remember him, and will return to Wonderland for him? It's too subtle to be effective though, imo.

And apart from the end, I liked the White Queen, she reminded me very much of Ozma, or Glinda, and I liked that!

And while I love Alan Rickman, I still am not sure I could love him as a caterpiller! :)
piploverpiplover on March 13th, 2010 03:07 am (UTC)
Exactly!!!! I kept thinking the Red Queen wasn't that evil, that her sister could get through to her and there would be some explanation, and then it just - tapered off.

Also, I was so, so looking forward to the Mad Hatter and Alice at least meeting on ship. I mean, just a glimpse of him, for pity's sake! But there was nothing, and that potential, that love story, just kind of faded, and I was so disappointed.
Valderys: PotC - A Pirate's Life for Mevalderys on March 13th, 2010 02:16 pm (UTC)
I'm glad it wasn't just me - I wondered if I was too much of a romantic sap, but Burton's done plenty of other romance movies and not left us hanging like this :(

I also thought it went totally against the White Queen's character up to that point to be so vicious. Shame. It was obvious the Red Queen just needed to be loved! (And probably a bit of surgery :)
ionaonieionaonie on March 13th, 2010 09:40 pm (UTC)
I really enjoyed Alice, too, but like you, I was hoping that we'd get a glimpse of Johnny Depp on the ship.

My biggest problem was that I thought the girl playing Alice wasn't all that good. I felt too much like she was sleeping walking through Wonderland.

However, I loved Johnny Depp as the Hatter and all the voice actors were awesome.

Visually, though, that was amazing. Loved it so much.
Valderys: PotC - A Pirate's Life for Mevalderys on March 18th, 2010 02:08 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know what you mean - the actrss wasn't great at all. But she did look right at least, although it's hard to forgive her lack of personality.

It's such a shame when a film is damn near perfect except for a couple of niggles, it always bothers me much more than if it's shit to start with! :)