I got to watch Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland in 3D the other night. I’d never seen a film in 3D before, so didn’t really have a clear idea of what to expect or what to compare it to. I’m also a big fan of the Alice books, so I was hoping that I wasn’t going to be disappointed.
Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska) is now nineteen penniless and Fatherless. She is in line to marry an upper class buffoon, but is preoccupied with visions of the white rabbit and dreams of Wonderland. It seems that she has some unfinished business there. A party is held to cement the engagement (it seems a forgone conclusion that Alice will accept, given her circumstances). Everyone waits with bated breath to hear Alice’s acceptance. Unfortunately, the wayward Alice catches sight of the white rabbit again and speeds off after it, down the rabbit hole and back into Wonderland. Here Alice shrinks and expands with much alacrity – and good effect.
Wonderland is not as she left it though, there has been much trouble since Alice the child left. The nineteen year old Alice has grown up and is accused of losing her muchness by all and sundry. In fact she has a job to convince everyone that she is indeed the original Alice. Everyone seems madder including the Hatter (played by Depp with suitable madness). Tweedledum and Tweedledee are both Matt Lucas – only much rounder. the Bandersnatch is made much of (probably because he is linked in the Jabberwocky poem). The Jabberwock itself is horrifying and hideous and rather dragon like. Therefore there an inevitable George and the Dragon scenario ensues with Alice as St………Joan not George. Curiouser and curiouser…..
Wonderland and Looking glass collide and we have the caterpillar stoned out of his very blue head and Dinah the Cheshire cat a wispy vaporising vision. Watching this in 3D, I was amazed when this grinning feline seemed to come right out of the screen and into the audience! It seemed so near that you could almost touch it. There are a few of these little projections – but not too many to spoil the film.
I’ve never seen anything in 3D before apart from ‘life’, so I didn’t know what to expect. But overall I found the film quite entertaining. Some of the special effects are great and I especially like the way that the Victorian Alice proved herself independent in her thinking. The story itself left me dissatisfied though and perhaps this was because it is childhood tale taken into adulthood – an adult in a childs world. Maybe this was deliberate on Burton’s part, to make Alice seem ungainly. As it is, Alice doesn’t really fit into either world – Wonderland or her real life.
Bonham Carter is a spoilt nasty cruel little Queen, the exact opposite to her sister the white Gaga like queen who is frankly, just ‘odd’ and a little to like Glinda the good queen out of the Wizard of Oz for my liking. Yes, there is some Lewis Carroll in this film, but I think in order to avoid disappointment, accept that though there are various components and characters from the books – this is no fairytale or literal translation of Carroll’s books. once you have accepted that, it’s time to put your 3D glasses on, lie back and enjoy this film!
Some images HERE