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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.

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