Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Reviewed on 2010 March 12
Very entertaining movie that completely pulled me in, that started out kind of slowly and then just built up a full head of steam, and ended on a great note (which, being Shukti, I will not ruin for you).
Alice Kingsley (Mia Wasikowska) was always a very imaginative (and tough) little girl, and as a young lady of nineteen she’s not that much different. On their way to a formal party, she tells her horrified mother (Lindsay Duncan) that no, she’s not wearing a stupid corset, or stockings, thank you. Her mother is frustrated today because Alice doesn’t know it but the party is for her: she’s to be engaged. This is all news to her, and she’s pondering what to do, when she spots a white rabbit scurrying through some rosebushes…
It’s always nice to have a movie be better than you expected; when your expectations get smoked that’s the coup de grâce. I was expecting enjoyable and I got, to steal a quote from the Mad Hatter, something much more “muchier” that didn’t even lose its “muchness” over the end credits. The whole thing felt like the kind of dream you get from too much rich food and given the subject matter I think that worked. Mia Wasikowska was an excellent Alice, and Helena Bonham Carter was funny and creepy as The Red Queen. Johnny Depp was great, too; but that’s like saying Florida is sunny. The special effects were fantastic as well, and whoever did the Cheshire Cat effects was clearly owned by a kitty or two. Oh, and if you ever considered a bloodhound puppy, you’ll need one after this. Trust me.
Four chocolate morsels.