Nicole and I saw this bad boy this past Sunday night (I am still boycotting Friday and Saturday showings). Before I start the reviewing process I would like to get something off my chest first (no, not my fourth nipple). I usually arrive to the theater rather early so we can get the juicy seats, I like to sit about 3/4's back, middle row and center seats. Sunday night there were 2 other people in the theater before us and they were sitting all the way in the back so they weren't an issue. We took our seats and about another 10-15 people came in to watch the movie. Guess where most of them sat? They plopped down directly in front and behind us. They had the whole seating chart to choose from but they thought it would be fun to annoy the crap out of me. What possesses a person to do something like this? And don't even get me started on the dude in front and to the left texting most of the movie. I hate these kinds of people!! Ok, now that I ranted I can get on with what I started this post for.
First off I would like to say that I am a big Tim Burton fan so my standards were set a little higher going into this movie. I had taken a gander on IMDb to check out the rating it got so far, I believe it had a 7 or 7.5 out of 10. For me that is good enough of a rating to see it in theaters. I am also quite fond of Mr. Johnny Depp. The combination of Burton and Depp usually makes for some good cinematography. Add a little Helena Bonham Carter (Burton's wife if you didn't know) and you got yourself an attractive feature.
I am a little disappointed with what I saw. I liked Alice in Wonderland but I felt like something was off. It wasn't as good as I had hoped. In my opinion I think Burton should of remade the original story and then had this one as a sequel. It was like he just lumped some familiar characters together and made up his own story. Which in most cases works great for him but this movie didn't have the right flow.
This is tough, I want to give a proper review but I don't want to give too much away for those of you that haven't seen it and still wish to see it. The acting was good. I just don't think I liked the story. I should of wrote this review right after I saw the flick instead of waiting almost a week. My memory of the film isn't as clear and vivid.
I am making this movie out to seem like it is horrible but it is not. There are amusing parts don't' get me wrong. Johnny Depp shows off his dancing skills. The Chesire cat is pretty cool, I would like to be albe to vanish and float like a cloud. The characters themselves looked awesome, especially the Red Queen and her ginormous noggin. There is a doormouse armed with a sewing needle, a bandersnatch and a talking jabberwocky. Speaking of Jabberwocky, you should rent that movie, directed by Terry Gilliam. It was comical and weird rolled into one (it was WOMICAL).
I would give Alice 7 out of 10. I probably have to see it again to really judge it for what it's worth. I just feel that Burton could of done better. Maybe I should go watch Big Fish to cheer me up. I watched Batman Returns the other night, did you now that Paul Reubens (aka Pee-Wee Herman) is in that movie? He plays the Penguin's father. He is only in the very beginning for like 2 minutes so if you blink you might miss him.
I would wait and rent this one on DVD or BluRay but that is only my opinion. You can do whatever you want. I don't care how you spend your paycheck or Bar Mitzvah money.