Review: Alice in wonderland

20 Sep

Movie Review:  Alice in Wonderland 

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

As a young girl, I found the book, Alice in Wonderland fascinating and bizarre, a story which would totally appeal to kids feeding their imagination in a peculiar way. But when I watched the 3-D movie, this weekend with my son and family, I found it hard to stay tuned to the screen. I understand it was not meant to cater to a very young audience and had elements in it which needed to be explained to very young audience. But then, the expectation was that, it should at least be grippy and should tell a story, which it did not.  

There are numerous dragon slaying and good winning over the bad stories and movies. But the original Alice in Wonderland story is not one. The climax of slaying a Jabberwocky and the white queen winning over the hydrocephalus red queen did not lend any freshness or newness to it. The need to invoke the world-famous classic with Alice, her characters, her adventures, just to slay some hideous and repulsive creature in the end was terrible.  

The exaggeration of the Mad Hatter‘s role by Johny Depp, CG animation of the fauna and flora and other characters salvaged the movie to some extent.  

But these characters, the mime and CG animation lent just a very brittle story line to a very ametuerishly filmed movie with no specific theme.

To tell a story involving a young victorian lady, she needs to be engaged or on the verge of getting engaged, needs some thought before it, needs to run away somewhere and have interesting and funny adventures(the use of Lewis Carroll story is felt here), come back and realise after all she is better off without getting married and discover her forte, which she did by expanding trade routes to China. Oh, so predictable and mundane. My son has better imagination.  

There is nothing new to add to this story, except that the story of Alice and her wonderland characters is somehow weaved into this movie making it a little more wacky with a climax involving heroic deeds of a young woman so that somehow this will help her realise in the near future that she has other greater things to do with her life than get married to a snob.  

Watch it on DVD, if you must.  

There goes my movie review as requested by Yuv.


8 Responses to “Review: Alice in wonderland”

  1. Ram September 20, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    good one.. and you should continue doing more reviews.. i haven’t read this i wouldn’t rather ‘opine’ either.. probably u could do a review of eat love pray if u watch it.. hey and u know what , i finished that book atlast !!

    • The Alchemist September 22, 2010 at 11:08 am #

      Thanks Ram. Will try.
      Ya, I waiting to watch EPL. And its a surprise that you decided to complete the “depressed woman’s personal diary” 😀

  2. yuvani September 22, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Nothing could be too bad with Johnny Depp in it 😀

    • The Alchemist September 22, 2010 at 11:08 am #

      Absolutely agree 🙂 Thats why I said he salvaged the movie to a certain extent.

  3. RP September 23, 2010 at 2:35 pm #

    hmm…waiting to watch EPL? Waiting to read your comments. But, BTW, have you completed reading the EPL that ur friend gave you?

    Better create a new page for reviews and do more reviews on all genre..

    Haven’t seen or read this story, so not sure about ur comments. But do include some tech stuffs & movie trivia’s in ur review to add more spice…

    • The Alchemist September 23, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

      I am sorry, I cannot do tech stuff, thats just not my cup of tea.

      My friend gave me EPL? I dont understand. I own my own copy of “Eat,Pray,Love” book..

      Writing reviews just seems to be happening right now. I am not so sure I will strick to it. Lets see. Writing philosophy, fiction, and vent happen to be my favorites 🙂

      • RP September 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm #

        Oh.yeah…sorry i mistook EPL with PS.I.L.U. Now tell me something that & the divine power that stops you from reading…

  4. Jingle September 25, 2010 at 8:04 pm #

    love the story,
    superb post.

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