I do not know why this movie is considered a flop. The movie has only been out for two weeks, and from what I understand, has not even been released world wide yet. That’s when we should worry! (Sorry, pent up frustration at the board at http://www.imdb.com. They are so horrible sometimes. Really need to stop going there.)
Anyway! Yes, so I finally got to see this, and I am really glad. The movie had more good points than bad for me. One of the best parts is the wide casting variety. The best cast came together for this one. But I have no right to expect anything less from Tim Burton, who has continuously surprised me, no matter how many of his movies I have seen.
It has a sort of Chronicles of Narnia feel at some points, but I don’t believe this is a bad thing. I actually really enjoy those kinds of feelings. Johnny Depp, per usual, gave an outstanding performance as the Mad Hatter. He made him a lot different from how I’ve always seen him, and so now he is easily my favorite character in the fandom. (WEll, second. Still love my Cheshire cat. Always have. Probably always will. 🙂 ) onh
Helena Bonham Carter was just brilliant as the Red Queen. I am a little offended by someone who thought the Red Queen was CGI. Clearly not! It was the make up job. That could have been done maybe a LITTLE better, but if it had been toned down, I don’t think it would have been nearly as effective as it was, so….I think she was supposed to look overkill. That was the Red Queen. She was always overkill in the books, from my understanding. So they were right on the money.
Now the surprise of the film was Alan Rickman. I spent a good portion of the film every time the caterpillar spoke saying, “why does he sound like Snape?!” He was the only one I didn’t know was in the movie, so I was kind of shocked to see his name in the credits. This didn’t come off to me as something he would be willing to do. He usually likes darker roles. But he definitely pulled it off.
Anne Hathaway makes a believeable if not odd White Queen. I rather liked her in this role. It was different for her from other things she’s done. Not quite so girly girl, if you know what I mean. This is coming from a big Anne Hathaway fan. (I’ve loved her since the Princes Diaries, and I have almost seen ever movie of hers since!)
The effects in this movie were great. I know alot of people felt they were lacking, but maybe it’s because it was a bit cartoony for them. However, this is Wonderland we’re talking about it. It’s all about being wacky and just having fun, and I believe they have pulled that off in a stunning matter. Maybe it’s not ‘Avatar’ quality, but for what they did, it was great. I am certain the effects would have been even more spectacular in 3D. I am hoping that we will see this movie in 3D on DVD when it comes out. However, we might as well have seen them in 3D without the glasses, because the effects were done so that it really was almost a 3D experience without the 3D.
Musically speaking, this movie was scored well. How could it not be? Danny Elfman, one of my three favorite composers did this movie. He has a knack for scoring a movie just right. He can never disappoint me with anything. (I would actually like to see him score one of the Twilight movies, but I’m guessing Summit doesn’t have the money to fund him. ;__;)
My only possible nitpick is that this movie seems to have borrowed from a book called The Looking Glass Wars. It is just a suspicion, mind you. I have not read the book, but I know enough about it to catch some similarities. It may actually have been unintentional, but I hope the author of LGW doesn’t see it, and decide to sue. Other than that, I am ready to give this film an 8 out of 10 for being very entertaining, well worth the money and wait to see it.