Monday, March 15, 2010

Old favorite/Old favorite

So I know that there are lots of Tim Burton's Alice fans out there and I respect your opinions but after watching the movie this past weekend I have to say that it is not my favorite Alice remake. My favorite Alice remake has always been and will continue to be the 1985 "Alice In Wonderland" with Natalie Gregory as Alice. I haven't seen it in forever but this particular remake has always been my favorite because it's the closest to the book and it is just the right amount of creepy.

I realize that Tim Burton's Alice was meant to be Alice's return to Wonderland as a twenty-year-old woman and that's fine. But why couldn't they have called it just that? There is no doubt that Tim Burton's version was visually spectacular but the story left a little bit to be desired. Maybe it was because it felt like several of my favorite fairy tales all mashed together. There were plenty of "The Wizard of Oz" and "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" moments in there. I just felt a bit slighted. Lewis Carroll did such an amazing job of creating a unique world with an equally eccentric cast of characters. I just hated that I kept going "wait, that's just like such and such".

The other thing that bugged me about this movie was the White Queen. Anne Hathaway is an amazing actress but I just didn't love her in this role. I felt like she either needed to tone it up or tone it down. The way she moved her fingers especially. In the 1985 Alice, the White Queen was extremely creepy but you still really liked her. This White Queen just annoyed me.

One thing I will say is that Johnny Depp is no doubt my favorite Mad Hatter ever. In fact, I'll go even further to say that I think Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter is the best I've ever seen him!

All in all, it wasn't a horrible movie. It was quite good really but I just didn't feel that the movie lived up to all the hype. I'm sorry. I know that there are a lot of people out there in cyber space that will be upset by that but it's my opinion and I felt like I just had to share it. So for me my old favorite Alice is still my favorite Alice.
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Post Grad Hair Cut said...

I agree. I've felt like Tim Burton has over done it on his past few movies. Classic is best!

Formerly.Lisa.S. said...

Agreed...on every point. Tim Burton is awesome, but this just wasn't what it could have been.

love your blog, by the way!