Alice is now 19 years old and returns to Wonderland but has no memory of the place or anyone, will it all come back to her in the end? Will she fulfill her destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. She reunites with all of the characters from her childhood adventure which she believed was a dream. Could the Mad Hatter convince her that it was not a dream and in fact real?
After my build up blog post I made a few days ago it made me more excited to see this film and I think that did not help my expectations of this film. I went to see it last night and was very disappointed with it all. I have a feeling I am going to struggle to make much sense of it to write this review as I just feel it was really missing something. I will start with the 3D aspect which I thought was pretty pointless so far not really showing why it is the way forward for cinema. I found that some of the effects were mainly in because it was in 3D the usual of objects flying out of the screen.
I really did not like this film at all – easier just to come out and say it rather than blab on for a few hundred words to come to that conclusion. Now I just have to figure out how to explain why I did not like the film . . . I guess it was just kinda all over the place and couldn’t really grasp the main points of the film. The main thing I wanted to see and I am sure everyone else wanted to see as well and that was Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. But you had to wait a while for that to happen and he wasnt as crazy as I was expecting him to be. Every now and then he would start speaking in a Scottish accent which I couldn’t really understand why, I mean either totally speak in a Scottish accent for the whole role or not at all. It just did not make any sense for him to do that. The dance at the end was more stupid than funny or even silly.
Mia Wasikowska as Alice rather annoyed me as well she was too expressionless and emotionless for my liking. I wanted to see more from her, so that we could really care about what happened to her throughout the film. I think that’s important for this type of film. Anne Hathaway as the White Queen also annoyed me in the way she had to float around with her hand in the air. I felt she was wasted in that role as did not really have very much to do. Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen liked to shout a lot especially “off with their heads” and her head did look amusing as it was supposed to be massively miss shaped.
But it really was just missing something to really make you care about the characters. Even for a Tim Burton film it was not as crazy, random and wacky as we have grown to expect. I did like some of the jabberish lines mainly from Tweedledee and Tweedledum which amused me. Lewis Carroll was well known for Jabberwocky and creating a random language. More of that would have been better for me. It wasn’t actually as dark as I was expecting it to be.
Was making Alice 19 years old a good or a bad thing though? At times something was suggested coming from the Mad Hatter towards Alice did anyone else think that too? I found it a little strange and was trying not to think it but I felt it was implied. Especially when he asked her to stay.
How would you have made this film?
Did you enjoy it?
Did it change your opinions on 3D films for better or worse?