Alice in Wonderland… almost
The mood before I entered the theater was ‘excitement’, ‘curiosity’ and ‘anxiousness’. The mood when I came out: ‘what? is that all?”. The mix of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is usually a fiery cocktail. But this one turned out to be just flavored water.
I was a bit disappointed when I learnt that this movie is not going to come to the IMAX near me. So I decided to jump into the regular screen with a 3D glass. I really don’t understand the need for 3D in this movie. It’s not an exciting experience, which you usually get in a 3D movie. The effects and graphics would be just as clearly enjoyable as in a regular 2D screen. But I am not complaining about that, as I got a free popcorn :) with my ticket.
Over to a bit of the plot. Alice (Mia Wasisoka) dreams of the wonderland every night and one day she tumbles down a rabbit hole to find herself in Wonderland and facing all the strange creatures from her dreams. The wonderland has been taken over by the Red Queen (Bonham Carter), who is visualized as an evil tyrant. Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) takes Alice under his wings and helps her fulfill her destiny. She has to slay a dragon / Jabberwocky and return the crown to the White Queen (Anne Hathaway).
This is Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The story is new but the creatures are all the same from the original Lewis Caroll bedtime story. The graphics are very intricate and attention has been paid to every single detail possible. The locations are exotic and the colors are totally vivid. It’s a total eye candy which can be enjoyed for the visual effects for the entire 2 hours. But if you are looking for some story to sweep you by the feet, you are totally disappointed (just like me).
This movie is literally painted with Johnny Depp all over. The story has been bent a lot to fit and showcase Johnny Depp. An actor like him needs no such out-of-the-way showcase. His mere presence would have done the trick. Over the time, his character gets a bit annoying to watch because of the over dosage. Why does he need to do a Jack Sparrow at every chance he gets? Mia Wasisoska is dull and uninteresting. Throughout the movie, she is puzzled, annoyed and agitated. A better casting choice (why not Anne Hathaway as Alice?) would have made the movie better. Anne Hathaway hasn’t got much of screen time. But with little time she has got, she has done some justice to her character. Bonham Carter is annoying, but that’s the way the character has to be. So I would say, she fit the bill perfectly.
The story fall flat on its face and there is a never a moment of excitement in the movie. Its turns out to be a very dull movie watching experience. The movie is not going to be enjoyed by adults and the children would never understand it. Save the shillings and grab a DVD of the classic Disney original that’s sure to enchant every age group. If you badly want to see the Tim Burton version, then wait for the Blue Ray copy to be out, because the visual effects is the only take-home from the flick.