Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Alice in Wonderland

3D! IMAX! SOLD OUT! This was the first time Brooke and I have seen a feature film in an IMAX 3D theater. We have to say, the experience is extremely cool, although you still have to wear the pesky glasses, and for some reason the whole 3D thing makes Brooke want to fall asleep.

We watched the new Alice in Wonderland in a packed house during a matinee. Everyone had a good time, including us. The film is beautiful and richly populated with whimsical images, just like we expected it to be. We like Johnny Depp better as Captain Jack Sparrow; he holds his own here, but we weren't all that impressed. And we could say the same for practically every other role, except that of the Red Queen, played with memorable "Off-with-your-head!" enthusiasm by Helena Bonham Carter.

What's most wrong with this film is that it makes sense. It's not supposed to! Normally it's a big problem if a movie's plot is thin and nothing makes sense. But for Alice in Wonderland, nothing is supposed to make sense! Maybe we're just hung up on the 1951 Disney animated classic. In fact, we watched it the other day, after we'd seen this new version. In the '51 adaptation, Alice wanders through Wonderland and things get "curiouser and curiouser" right until the very end. In 2010's adaptation, things stop being curious about thirty minutes into the adventure. By the time the credits roll, you feel like you've got Wonderland all figured out.

Brooke: B-
Grant: C+

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