Monday 3 May 2010

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Just got back from seeing Tim Burton's version of Alice in Wonderland. It really is a feast for the eyes, obviously Burton is known for his dark and twisted imagination and that fabulous vision he has for transforming different worlds, but I was a bit unsure of this one and how it would be. 
It's such a well known story and has had so many incarnations that it would need to be very good to beat both Jim Henson's 'Dreamchild' and Jan Svankmajers 'Alice'. Despite the glorious design and costumes and the brilliant choice of actors and voices, I don't think it did quite beat either of those two. I agree with some of the reviews, it did feel at times a little soulless, a Johnny Depp band wagon, and in places the film became a slave to CGI (The Queen of Hearts soldiers should have been playing cards not Star Wars, Clone Wars soldiers!) but all that said seeing it in 3D just wowed me. 

This is the first time I have seen the newer version of 3D (aside from the glasses with two different colours, or the odd short film at Disney World) I have to admit the 3D effect was amazing and, although I was sceptical at first, if this is the way TV and film are going then let it happen, and happen quickly! There were times that the 3D effect drew you in so much that you did actually feel like you were standing there in the set. I loved that, it is a new dimension to going to the cinema. A reinvention which in this culture of 'staying home' is something that cinema's need badly.

Overall a good film and a worthy addition to the Alice adaptations with a few twists along the way. And if you can still see it in 3D -!

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