March 27, 2010 | 1 Comment
So the other day I went and saw Alice In Wonderland, the new film by Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. It was in 3D, and I was hoping for a trippy story, slightly scary, with werid vivid images as imagined by a warped character such as Tim Burton. I’m also a big fan of Depp and I think he is a pretty cool guy, someone I could have a beer with and not feel awkward that I’m having a beer with Johnny Depp.
Unfortunately, this film did not do it for me, and here is why:
- Meh special effects – This movie had a $200 million dollar budget, and it was in 3D. How come I felt so underwhelmed by the special effects? I don’t really know, to be honest. Maybe watching Avatar really heightened my expectations for movies now. Maybe the novelty of 3D has now worn off on me? Or maybe, the special effects on Alice is just not that breathtaking? Difficult to pin point, but it did not blow me away. Not even gently. Adequate would be the most apt description for me.
- So so storyline – This was meant to be a completely original story and serve as a sequel for the original story. (Alice has grown up considerably) Story felt flat and very drawn out to me. She is basically called back to Underland to kill the Jabberwocky (it’s a dragon). That’s the plot, and they have just padded things up to take it to 2 hours.
- Johnny Depp is annoying – Incredibly annoying. As mentioned, I am usually a fan, but am I the only one who found the Mad Hatter really irritating? He was meant to be one of the good guys, but I found myself rooting for those deck-of-card soldiers, secretly hoping one of them would spear him in the eye. His annoying on-again, off-again Scottish accent got tired very quickly, and when he does this silly little dance near the end I wanted to run up to the screen and punch him in the throat. I know it was only the screen and he would not really feel it, but I wanted to do it anyway just the same.
So yeah, I don’t want to come across as overly critical of the movie, but this should just be looked at as a balance to all the other people who seem to be creaming themselves over this movie. I thought it was “okay”, and not something I would really want to see again.
Alice In Wonderland scores a Steve-O rating of 2.5.
Oakes signing off.