Sunday, March 14, 2010

"Alice in Wonderland (2010)" [B]

As expected, this Alice in Wonderland was a visual sensation, though I'm not sure the 3D added as much as it seemed to for Avatar and Coraline. One problem I have with 3D is that it seems to blur even more than 2D during motion sequences, which is distracting. I could barely make out all of the supposedly delightful bits that Alice fell past as she traveled through the rabbit hole. Once in Wonderland (or Underland), it seemed better.

There is definitely more story to this Alice than the classic animated version. Even so, the characters, with rare exception, did not move beyond the stereotype with which they were branded. Pity. That would have added a dimension. At least Johnny Depp got to stretch his acting chops by being both mad and devious. But why, exactly, did we need to have a grand battle in this story?

Go see this in a theater, but keep your expectations in check.

Alice in Wonderland (2010) (IMDb)

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