I’m not sure what to say about this movie. I’ll start with the visuals. It was beautiful. A perfect Tim Burton world, realized down to every little detail. I could watch full scenes without paying attention to the dialogue and just enjoy how damn pretty it looked, all with its own skewed twist.
The story, however, needed a lot of work. It was written like someone read Lewis Carroll’s work, pulled out some key phrases, and tried to write a script around them. It didn’t have the feel of Carroll, of his illogical logic and random strangeness. Rather than expand on the universe, using the same rules set forth by Carroll, it was a poorly made Xerox of Wonderland, with some smudges right where the important parts were.
I don’t know what genius decided to name this “Alice in Wonderland” but make a Hook-like return to Wonderland. I don’t know why anyone thought that watching Tim Burton work his mad genius on the original works would be a poor idea. I don’t know why this movie existed other than to give Johnny Depp a ridiculous Scottish accent and a bigger role than he really needed.
I liked it, but it should have been named something different. And the dialogue should have been rewritten by someone with a brain. And the gorgeous actress who played Alice, Mia Wasikowska, should have done some full frontal nudity.
I give it three out of five vorpal blades.
(And for those of you who haven’t read the original works, the poem I posted yesterday is verbatim from Carroll’s works.)