Monday, March 8, 2010

Review:Alice in Wonderland


Title: Alice in Wonderland
Walt Disney Pictures
Tim Burton
Linda Woolverton (screenplay), Lewis Carroll (books)
Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Alan Rickman
MPAA Rating:
Rated PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.
Running Time:
108 min
19-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.

What Others Are Saying?

Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 53% (Rotten), Top Critics: 61% (Fresh), RT Community: 74% (Fresh)
Metacritic: Critics: 53 out of 100, Users: 5.9 out of 10
MRQE Metric: 60: (10.6% A, 36.7% B, 39.0% C, 12.9% D, and 0.0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: NA Users: B

My Review

Source Material: Based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll. I haven't read the books so I don't know how it hold up to the source material but because I know how Tim Burton treats source material I am guessing its perrty close.

Entertaining Value:
  • Action Elements: There a lot of "Fantasy Action" so sword play and what not.
  • Comedy Elements: There are some cleaver line said from the Hatter that can be quite funny.
  • Dramatic Elements: Enriched with drama and back-story.
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy Elements: One of the first fantasy so yes there is a good amount of VFX type shoots.
Cinematic Value:
  • Acting and Dialogue: A: I loved the cast, I know being a Tim Burton film were going to see Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter but the other cast members were just as great.
  • Art Direction: A+: Very beautiful, Seeing that magical world come to life was awesome. If I am not mistaking Tim Burton did some art direction project on his earlier films, so I expect the best.
  • Cinematography: A: The Cinematography complimented the art direction like in every Tim Burton film. I think is was beautiful and magnificent.
  • Direction: A: This film surely has the Tim Burton style, some pacing issues like near the begging it dragged a bit and near the end it was too fast the final battle was lacking length.
  • Editing: B: It was cut together well but like I said before there was some pacing issues.
  • Screenplay: A-: I think the story highlights the wonderfulness of both Alice stories while at the same time holding its own as an "original" story.
  • Sound and Music: A: Finally a film with a score. It seem all the films I enjoyed watching over the past couple of months have been flooded with music from mediocre sound tracks.
  • VFX: A: There was a good mixture of live action and animation, both of which blend together to create a pretty flawless Underland (Wonderland).
Moral and Ethical Value:
  • Themes: Innocents, Ignorance, Betrayal
  • Moral of the Story: Good defeats evil.
  • Take Home: Following the white rabbit could lead to a wondrous adventure.

Overall: A-: Visually it was amazing. The other elements of the film hold up to be good also, I say see it once if not twice (once in 2-D and once in 3-D)

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