Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Now, the only experience I have with Alice in Wonderland is through the theme parks, AKA following around the Alice and Mad Hatter characters at Disneyland. Still, I was very excited to go see Tim Burton's new Alice in Wonderland film in 3D. It didn't disappoint.
The movie starts off with Alice Kingsleigh attending her own engagement party to Hamish Ascot. Alice is feeling very uneasy about the whole situation, when she suddenly spies the white rabbit running through the bushes. After Hamish proposes, Alice says she "needs a moment" and takes off after the white rabbit, falling down, down, down (just like the attraction at Disneyland!) to Underland. There, she is greeted by a variety of characters, claiming her to be THE Alice who visited Underland years ago. Throughout the course of the film, we learn the Queen of Hearts (who has a freakishly large head) has taken over Underland, and Alice is to kill the QoH's guardian, the Jabberwocky. Alice does not recall ever visiting Underland before, and she tries to wake herself up out of her dream because she doesn't want to kill anything, especially a towering dragon creature. Once she realizes she's stuck in Underland, a Bandersnatch comes and attacks her. She then meets the Cheshire cat who helps her find the Mad Hatter. By a series of events (I don't want to give the whole thing away...) Alice meets the White Queen -- Anne, those princess lessons with Grandmere really paid off! -- who finally gets her back to a normal size and wants her to slay the Jabberwocky. Alice is still not buying it though. She goes to contemplate on the gazebo (where she just got proposed to?!) and she finds Abselom, the smoking catepillar. Earlier in the movie, Abselom says that Alice is "hardly Alice", leading Alice and the other animals to believe that she is indeed not the correct Alice to kill the Jabberwocky. But, as he is about to turn into a butterfly, he reminds Alice of how she called Underland "Wonderland" and all of her memories of Underland come back to her. With this new knowledge, Alice is ready to kill the Jabberwocky.
But I won't tell you if she does or not! *insert evil laugh here*
Johnny Depp is standout in his role as the Mad Hatter, and although he says Alice and the MH have a brother and sister relationship, their chemistry seemed a little more... intense in the movie. At the end of the movie, I seriously expected him to appear on Alice's ship to whisk her away. Another thing I noticed about Johnny is that he pulled out every accent he's used for the MH's different personalities. I heard Captain Jack, J.M. Barrie and Roux throughout the movie. All the other actors were great as well, but to heck with them! All I care about is Johnny... heh.
If you're planning on seeing the movie, I highly recommend watching it in 3D. It was amazing! It made me so much more excited for all the other 3D movies coming out. Plus, you get to watch some awesome 3D previews (like Toy Story 3!). Now, I'm off to practice the Futterwacken!