Movie Review: Tim Burton’s Alice in Mundaneland

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It’s a bad thing when the best thing about the Alice in Wonderland 3D experience was the premiere of the new Tron Legacy trailer in 3D. Boy did that trailer kick ass. In fact, here it is again for your viewing pleasure.

Ok, let’s get back to the review. The story brings us back into the dull world of Alice as she is over a decade older and about to be proposed to in front of her family and peers from a guy she thinks is dorky and ugly. How convenient that her most interesting adventure in Wonderland has been completely forgotten, thanks to her dad’s pep talk about how she’s mad. Even I can remember one of my weirdest dreams when I was a kid where I was stuck in muppetland (that’s another story).

Mia Wasikowska’s Alice is as boring as they come. She cannot for the life of her bring life to a scene. It’s as if the characters are talking to a wooden mannequin. I think I rather have a mannequin portray Alice. But, we can’t take away from Mairi Ella Challen as young Alice. For what little screen time that she had, she would’ve been a better choice. As for our boy Johnny Depp, his Mad Hatter is what happens when Elijah Wood sneaks up on Jack Sparrow on a cold winter’s night, a lil’ hobbit and pirate action.

For a sequel, the story is pretty much the same. Alice goes back to Wonderland and is once again trying to save the day from the evil Red Queen. The Red Queen is as annoying as they come, thanks to Helena Bonham Carter. Alice really has no connection to any of the characters and is only there for us to bear witness to Tim Burton’s vision of Wonderland, which is dry and lifeless. A great example of lifelessness is Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar. The 3D was very flat and didn’t bring you into the world of Wonderland.

So what is there to like about this movie? Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. She’s very elegant and rather endearing. Even during hard times at the castle, she doesn’t let that bother her as she helps Alice concoct a shrinking potion with a touch of humor.

Why is a raven like a writing desk? I don’t care as long as I don’t get to see that Futterwacken dance at the end again. Spoiler Warning: Oh, and Alice’s decision at the end is probably how Alice and I feel about Wonderland; which is, I rather go to China.

Grade: D

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