Alice in Wonderland

“Back in January, I took the roomie to the Harry Potter exhibit at the Museum of Science as a Christmas/bday present. She was determined to take me on a similar outting for my bday. I pondered for about a month and couldnt think of anything suitable that I was really excited about. Then I got an email from Jordans Furniture about Alice in Wonderland, and thus we had our plan.

I hadnt been to the IMAX since The Dark Knight, which I saw twice there (in addition to once at the theater). I’d wanted to go see Star Trek there last year, but I never quite got my act together. This was the first 3D movie at the IMAX for me.

As far as the experience, worth it in the sense that I’d been jonesing to go again. Was there much gained from this movie being on the ginormous screen? Not really. And the extra dimension? Eh. Both certainly didnt hurt the film, but I think my feelings toward it woulda been about the same had I just gone down the street to the Regal Fenway.

It started off pretty strong. I loved Alice’s character early on: quirky, independant, strongwilled. The setting was gorgeous, and even more so once she got into wonderland. And the sense of adventure was quite invigorating. Then it just sorta fell flat somewhere. The pacing dropped and a lot of the sense of wonder drifted.

I’d gotten really excited a couple weeks ago when I realized that this was more of a trip back to wonderland sort of thing. Reminded me of the video game Alice that was about her returning to a \m/ up wonderland. The concept for the game was amazing, but it ended up being too easy. Got thru it in three days. Now, I didnt expect this movie to be as hardcore as that (that Alice weilds a knife and other deadly weapons, dabbles in black magic, and is often covered in blood) but I was still uber stoked. Wasn’t sure how I felt about including the jabberwocky, but when Johnny Depp started reciting the poem I marked it in the win column.

Loved the cast. There are never words to describe Johnny Depp, but I dont think I need to. Not as iconic as some of his other roles, but brilliant nontheless. Really impressed with Mia Wasikowska. Didnt expect Crispin Glover, but was ridiculously happen when I saw him. Even though I found her a bit annoying, I did like Helena Bonham Carter’s interperation of the red queen. Id read somewhere that she based the character on her 2 year old, and it was a great fit. Sadly, I was a bit disappointed with Anne Hathaway. C’mon, the girl got lessons in being a princess/queen from Julie Andrews, but I couldnt get past some of the weird physicality she had.

Guess that about does it. Worth a watch, but maybe not worth the effort for anything fancy. The traditional 2D screen should be just as good as a fancy one.

Alice in Wonderland – \m/ \m/ \m/

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