Saw the trailer, looks interesting, has lots of actors I like… but I’ll probably wait and see this on DVD mostly because while it looks very good, it’s not a big action movie or horror or comedy, the three types of films that I think really benefit from being seen on the big screen and/or with an audience. Â But, if you want to go to the theater and see a new movie this weekend, I can think of worse ways to spend your hard earned dollars. Â Speaking of…
Alice in Wonderland:
I suppose it may be that I am just weary. Â Weary of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp working together. Â And the Helena Bonham CarterÂ triumvirateÂ too. Â I got to see a screening of this and I’m glad I did because it saved me the $20 it would have cost for the wife and I to go see it. Â I was bored. Â The story is extremely predictable, and the settings are predictably vibrant and odd. Â You know what this movie is going to be before you go in and it makes no effort to surprise you. Â Alice goes back to Wonderland, she meets all the people you expect her to meet, she fights, she wins, she goes home. Â This was the biggest let down to me. Â There are a number of good reimaginings of the Alice tale that would make good films (for example: Frank Beddor’sÂ TheÂ Looking Glass Wars) but instead Burton just rehashed the same old stuff with his penchant for weird by making people have large heads, over-sized eyes or lengthened limbs. Â Oh, and like 95% of the people in this movie are pale. Â And I don’t mean pale as in “light skin with a pink hue” but instead “pasty powdered makeup white”. Â I suppose paleness appeals to some, but it doesn’t to me. Â And, this movie is also in 3D. Â Now, I’ve seen a bunch of 3D movies over the last few years as digital 3D has become all the rage, and Alice in Wonderland is probably the least effective use of 3D ever. Â It doesn’t add much depth to the image at all, and in fact it feels more gimmicky because the only two or three times I noticed the 3D was when they stabbed things at the screen. Â Unlike, say, Avatar, where they never did any “Hey look! 3D!” screen stabbing that I recall and instead the world just felt deep, because it was. Â I didn’t hate the movie though. Â It is probably great for families or die hard fans of Burton’s brand of oddness, but I’m glad I was able to see it for free and I don’t think I’ll ever see it again.