Sunday, March 7, 2010

RANDOMora: 'Alice in Wonderland' dreams up too much hype

“Alice in Wonderland” came out Mar. 5 with a wonder of excitement built around it.

However, perhaps that caterpillar was blowing out too many smoke puffs.

In this unannounced sequel, Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) at 19 returns to Wonderland to reunite with her childhood friends as she undertakes on a mission to find her true coming and end the terrified Red Queen's sovereignty.

In the beginning of the film, young Alice awakes from another mad dream she experiences about a rabbit in a waistcoat.

Right away the film explains to the audience of her encounter with Wonderland, and her father’s advice when she asks if she’s gone mad:

“You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are,” is going to be carried throughout the adventure.

But what' really mad, is the "muchness" it's lost in its own essence.

The beginning of the film leads you on that one has to be very patient before ever seeing a white rabbit. Yet soon after introductions, the rabbit himself takes away that suspense once the quest is literally drawn out on a scroll.

Way to keep the audience guessing.

If it weren’t for Johnny Depp’s immense touch on the Mad Hatter, the rest of the film leaves you waiting for the end so that he can do his “Fudderwupping” dance.

The film is almost entirely built around Depp’s performance and to keep the romantic illusion flowing, teens were especially looking forward to Ablosom, the blue caterpillar played by Alan Rickman.

I know this is Disney, but where is the nightmare-ish excitement we remember from the original, especially from director Tim Burton?

“Alice in Wonderland” is still a film to keep in your Disney Classics Collection, just don’t expect the inventiveness to reappear from when we first met Alice many years ago.

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1 comment:

  1. I agree but I love movie regardless
    Besides a little Depp can't hurt anybody :)