Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Film Overview

Last night I had the privilege of attending a pre-screening of the new Tim Burton flick Alice in Wonderland.

I don't want to give too much away since I'm sure many of you will be going to see it when it opens this Friday. But, since you know I have trouble shutting my trap door, I do have a few comments:

First off, the actress who plays Alice, Mia Wasikowska, is phenomenal. You may know her from her from her mind blowing performance as Sophie on season one of In Treatment. For a girl who looks so frail she manages to project a fearsome amount of rage and sadness onto the screen. I was going to say that you're going to see this actress again and again but I don't need to, IMDB tells me she is currently filming a Gus Van San project and will soon film the new Jane Eyre remake (!!).



The costumes are amazing, if a little punk princess-y at times:
Can we please talk about the Cheshire cat??!
And don't be fooled into thinking this is a dark, creepy tale. It's Disney all the way, just waiting to be spun into merch, rides etc. The film was this close to getting a G rating but the smoking caterpillar pushed it into PG-13 (ha! Maybe he should have been a singing caterpillar?)
Still, the film's wonder to behold and it sure is fun to watch in 3D. May not be weird enough for my tastes but visually, Burton did well and Depp does a great job at toeing the line between buffoon, creep and a Peter Pan-type.

FYI the song at the end, written (and recorded) by Avril Lavigne for the film, is TERRIBLE. Cover your ears. You have been warned.

Here are two of my favorite editions of Alice in Wonderland currently available (left, Penguin Classics; right, with illustrations by Camille Rose Garcia):

More info:
Comprehensive collection of stills from the film
Official site
Alice in Wonderland the book, online & free!

4 comments:

Ceri said...

Awesome review! I can't wait to see this. I love Tim Burton and Johnny Depp and the whole cast line up for this looks amazing.

Avril Lavigne? Oh, god! I hate her. :S

Lindsey said...

I can't wait to see this movie! I hope its just the right amount of crazy :)

Sarah (Book Reviews from Inside an Igloo) said...

haha thanks for the warning about the Avril Song! Great review! I'm a follower now :)

B.Kienapple said...

I must be really out of touch with 'the kids' because I don't have the slightest clue as to the appeal that Avril holds. I guess people might like her because she has this rags-to-riches backstory, or because she's 'bad-ass' (in a completely manufactured way). Anywhoo.
And Sarah, nice to e-meet you. Great blog! Following you right back.

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