Thursday, February 25, 2010

Alice in Wonderland Review

Alice in Wonderland Movie ReviewThe premiere of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland took place in London on February 25th:

And now, the first movie reviews of Alice in Wonderland are showing up online:

A curiously conventional journey to Wonderland
"You're mad, bonkers... but I'll tell you a secret – all the best people are." This line early on in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland expresses perfectly what seems to be the director's guiding philosophy. The only problem is that his Hollywood paymasters aren't quite as subversive as he is. The result here is a wildly inventive film straitjacketed in conventional narrative form.
The Independent (here)
Never have toves been so slithy or a film so brillig. Tim Burton’s spectacular reimagining of Alice in Wonderland, which had its royal premiere in London last night, takes Lewis Carroll’s famous Jabberwocky poem and makes it a 3-D epic for the next generation.
Traditionalists may quibble with Burton’s Gothic ride through the Alice books, but his hallucinogenic humour is true to the originals. Plus you don’t get a cast any better than this.
TimesOnline (here)

the filmmaker's trademark winsomely outlandish style doesn't prepare you for the thoroughly enjoyable spectacle that is his "Alice in Wonderland."
A fantastical romp that proves every bit as transporting as that movie about the blue people of Pandora, his "Alice" is more than just a gorgeous 3D sight to behold.
Hollywood Reporter (here)
Director Tim Burton renders a lush dreamscape filled with scene-stealing freaks
Wired (here)

Sounds like Tim Burton did get the recipe right: a perfect combination of plot and 3D special effects. The movie's aesthetic is amazing, but it's still a plot-driven movie. Definitely sign me up for the movie Alice in Wonderland!

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway, respectively as Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen and the White Queen. The official release date is set for March 5, 2010.