Alice in Wonderland Through the 3D Looking Glass
Alice in Wonderland is a visual treat. It is colorful and bleak at the same time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska) goes back to Wonderland but doesn’t remember being there before. Not much was changed from Lewis Carroll’s books except this time Alice is trying to recover her muchness.
It might have Alice in the title but the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) stole the show, especially when he did his futterwack dance. I thought the Jabberwocky (Christopher Lee) would get up and join him, JabbaWockeeZ-style.
The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) was impressive as well and I love how she says “Off with her head”. The White Queen (Anne Hathaway) felt like she was trying to impersonate Jack Sparrow. There’s a funny scene where she’s making a potion made out of nasty stuff, such as butter fingers and urine.
The CGI characters were believable and props should be given to the voices behind Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) and Dormouse (Barbara Windsor).
Alice (Mia Wasikowska): Yes you’re crazy, you’re loony and bonkers but you know they say all the best people are a bit mad.
People are saying that Mia Wasikowska is the wrong Alice but I beg to disagree with them. She’s just right for the job. Alice didn’t want to believe that she’s destined for greatness but once she found her inner strength, she managed to slay the monster to save Wonderland and face her real life problems as well.
The 3D effects might be way below Avatar but Alice in Wonderland is still entertaining. I expected it to be a little trippier and this is my only complaint about the movie. Tim Burton painted a beautiful masterpiece with an uncomplicated plot behind it. Interesting is the right word to describe the movie. There was no boring moment at all. If given the chance, I would go back down the rabbit hole to watch it again.