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01 June 2010 @ 05:19 pm
'Alice in Wonderland' thoughts  
I'm not a big Tim Burton fan by any stretch of the imagination. He's too over-the-top and indulgent, in my opinion. While I recognize the man's artistic genius, I often find that he goes too far and loses me as a viewer. I'm also not a Johnny Depp fan, and haven't been even going back to 21 Jump Street -- I was all about Peter Deluise. Again, I don't deny he's a great actor, but he does absolutely nothing for me. This would be why I waited so long to watch their Alice in Wonderland. I was quite, quite pleasantly surprised.

There was, of course, the visual fancy and the actors were in fantastical make-up, but because it was in Underland (Wonderland -- great explanation for the different names of the world), it worked perfectly. What I loved mostly was Alice, and how this was her coming-of-age story. It wasn't about the fantasy world, the boy she loved (or didn't), but about this young girl taking the reigns of her destiny ... in both Underland and our world. Mia Wasikowska was fabulous, delicately frail, with a steely underpinning that worked well for the character. Helena Bonham-Carter, Depp, and Anne Hathaway all created wonderful characterizations, and the voice work -- especially by Alan Rickman as Absalom -- were fantastic.

The issues that some seem to have with mostly boiled down to the fact that Burton did apply a real-world sensibility to it (the coming-of-age aspect), but for me that is what made it fly so beautifully. The marriage of fantasy and reality brought out the best in Burton, and I loved it.
 
 
 
Cindy: mirana with mousecorpsebride05 on June 2nd, 2010 06:57 am (UTC)

I'm glad you loved it! I Love it too! I saw it six times in the theatre! Five times in 3D and or XD and once in 2D. I agree with you that the heart and soul of the film was Alice and her personal journey. Mia carried the whole film she was absolutely perfect! I Love all of Tim Burton's stuff. I wish I could go to his special exhibit at MOMA in NYC! I hope it comes to SF eventually. I can't afford to go back to NYC now. Although I love NYC so much if I could I'd be there right now!

I think Alice is a Masterpiece everything worked for me. I Love Johnny Depp, Alice has always been my favorite story, Burton my favorite Director so I was excited beyond belief about this film. It wasn't as dark as I expected it to be. And I found the friendship of Alice and the Hatter to be very touching. I was crying every time I saw the scene on the balcony and the scene when they said goodbye. My heart just broke. They really love each other to have saved each other several times. By my count the Hatter saved Alice four times, and Alice saved the Hatter at least once!

This film is so touching and it takes the viewer on an emotional journey while being entertaining and fun the whole time. I Loved the Cheshire Cat, the March Hare, the Dormouse, both Queens, and everybody else. It's perfection achieved for Tim Burton and company and I hope they get some awards!
Arabian: Dr Who (10)arabian on June 4th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)
I know you've written about it, so I expected to hear from you, LOL! I really do wish I'd been able to see it in the theater, ah well.

I think Alice is a Masterpiece everything worked for me.

I agree.

This film is so touching and it takes the viewer on an emotional journey while being entertaining and fun the whole time.

Yes, it really was. It just worked on every level.

It's perfection achieved for Tim Burton and company and I hope they get some awards!

Unfortunately, the critical reception was very mixed, so other than creative/artistic noms, I doubt it will get any recognition. *sigh*
Cindy: sheldon team leonardcorpsebride05 on June 5th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)

Have No Fears! I just know that Alice will be re-released in theatres at some point! This film made a ton of money and it is Tim Burton's biggest blockbuster. Any film that is this popular will come back again! For example, Titanic will be re-released in 3-D as well as the original Star Wars films also in 3-D!

I heard that Avatar might be re-released already! I thought Avatar was ok but I wouldn't want to see it again. I think it was over-rated! Where was the Romance? I was expecting this big Romance and didn't see much in the film.

I was disappointed that I never got to see Alice in Imax. The only Imax theatre near me was too far away and I would have to drive there and the gas would be too costly! Maybe if I had another reason to go all that way I would have but I didn't, so I couldn't justify the expense!

I think Tim Burton deserves his own film festival! I know that at the MOMA exhibit they have film clips from his films, maybe they'll show Alice or some other film. Big museums usually have small theatres.

I Love that you Love Alice! I'm obsessed with it! I'm watching all the Alice fan made videos I can find on utube. I have saved several to my favorites. I am NevermoreCC over there in case your interested! There's a direct link on my links sidebar on my LJ page!

I think that big money usually gets the attention of the Oscars. I'm hoping that Tim will finally get an Oscar nomination, hoping that Mia will get one too, and that Johnny will finally get the Oscar for the Hatter! He's been nominated for Oscars twice before maybe the third time's the charm! My fingers are Crossed!
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Arabian: moviesarabian on June 4th, 2010 11:38 pm (UTC)
I'm beyond low on funds (and, ooh joy, unemployed), so I'm fighting myself terribly to not just go and buy it so I can own it and call it my very own! It was just so enthralling. I loved it.
Cindy: hug sheldon 2corpsebride05 on June 5th, 2010 05:23 am (UTC)

Just letting you know I'm unemployed too!!! I'm hoping to get some office work but if I don't I'm going to have to do retail or maybe waitress. That would be funny if I got a job at the Cheesecake Factory!!!