K=one guy E=other guy S=the girl
E: Disney has a hit on their hands going into blockbuster season with Alice in Wonderland. With its 3rd #1 week behind it, S, K and I share our thoughts on this magical, mystery tour through the looking glass.
K: When I first saw the Alice in Wonderland trailer I knew this was one of the early 2010 movies I wanted to see. Alice in Wonderland is a Disney remake/retooling/retelling of their classic 1951 animated film.
E: The setup is simple: Alice, now older, flees from an engagement party (hers) and falls down a rabbit hole. However, this Wonderland (or Underland in the film) is both vaguely familiar and strangely foreign to her.
S: The colors and hues of the entire movie communicate the differences and similarities of Underland.
K: The new hooks are a big name star in Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Tim Burton bring his style and directing in digital 3-D.
S: Especially when seeing it in 3-D, the use of color was impressive given that Mr. Burton usually uses little color in his films.
E: Disney has done two things very well. One, they created a solid storyline for a story where the main character just wanders around and meets unusual characters (that’s been the problem with past Alice movies). Second, they’ve got a very “you go girl” theme that I think is playing very well with moms and daughters and helping fill the Harry Potter/Twilight void right now.
K: When the end credits came up my reaction was “I paid $12 for an ok movie.” Sure the visuals were eye candy impressive (Cheshire Cat was creepy cool) but that last 15 minutes lost it for me.
S: I understand where you’re coming from K. I had the chance to go a second time, at night, and I decided against it. I think my exact words were, “I wouldn’t pay full price to see it.”
E: We paid the matinee price, so I don’t feel as slighted, but you’re right, the movie was wrapped up with a pretty simple ending. Still, visually strong, but quickly wrapped up.
K: Just when the movie was getting good with character backstory here comes a generic action climax scene with some break-dancing moves? The final act sucked!
S: I actually didn’t hate it. I kept waiting throughout the movie for the dance. But, yes, I was disappointed in it when it happened. It was too fake I think is the word.
K: The acting performances which stood out for me were Mia Wasikowska (Alice) and Helena Bonham Carter (Red Queen).
E: I’m ready to see Depp in something a little less strange. He’s becoming a caricature of himself lately. Jack Sparrow, Mad Hatter, and Willy Wonka are starting to blend together. We’ll see how The Tourist (with Angelina Jolie) plays out next year. And, he’s set to star in another Pirates and the Lone Ranger.
K: Johnny Depp (Mad Hatter) was more of a quirky supporting character in the background. I wish Depp had more scenes. It was nice to see Crispin Glover (Knave) back on the big screen playing his usual bad boy self. Anne Hathaway (White Queen) is almost an afterthought with little to do in the movie other than smiling and looking elegant.
S: But for all the ladies, Depp is still not bad to look at but I am definitely ready to see him in something other than crazy makeup and wacked out wigs. Our recommendation…