Thursday, March 11, 2010

Review of Alice in Wonderland

Sorry I haven't updated the blog in a while. As I've mentioned before, I've joined a gym and I have a trainer named Pete. Pete is a Marine and happens to be kicking my ass! I've been so sore that I hardly have been able to move my arms without seeing stars!

But day by day it's getting better, (I think). The good news is, I'm not quite at the end of week two, and I've lost 6 lbs. So it must be working, right?

But anyways, Matt, Emerson and I went to go see Alice in Wonderland last Sunday! (Vivienne did not join us, as she freaked out at the TV commercials and actually said, "I don't want to see that!"). Many of you have been wondering how I liked it, so here is a short review.

Johnny Depp... YUMMY!

How was that?... Oh, you want MORE?... Okay then...

I'll give you a little taste of the beginning of the film, but you'll need to see the film to get the "Wonderland" side of it.

When it came to bringing the whimsical world of Lewis Carroll's classic to life, Tim Burton was the perfect man for the job!

Tim Burton has always been known for his outlandish style, but nothing prepares you for the magical world of Underland that he has made for us to see. (And no, "Underland" is NOT a misspelling. It's explained VERY well in the film.)

The story takes place 13 years after the original story of "Alice in Wonderland". Alice is now a 19 year old young lady, still morning the death of her father, who died a year prior to the story at hand. She is now faced with having to accept the proposal, of a very homely looking young Duke, whom she does not love, only because her family doesn't want her to become a spinster and a burden on her aging and widowed mother.

All during these scenes, Alice thinks she's seeing things, as a white rabbit dressed in a blue vest is barely seen several different times, running through bushes and across the yards.

Running away, because she "needs a moment alone to think", she spots the rabbit again, and as she chases after it she happens upon a large hole at the base of a tree. When she goes to look down it, the ground around the hole gives way and the adventure truly begins.

All of the old favorites are back, the Caterpillar, Tweetle Dee and Tweetle Dum, The White Rabbit, The March Hare, The Door Mouse, Cheshire Cat, The Queen of Hearts and the one, the only Mad Hatter.

A few new characters are introduced to us, such as the White Queen and a few other surprises.

As we get to "Underland", no one thinks that Alice actually is "The" Alice. And Alice thinks they have the WRONG Alice and is convinced it is all nothing but a dream she can't wake up from for some reason.

The special effects are absolutely out of this world and the acting of Johnny Depp are equally impressive! (And NOT because I'm totally in love with him).

Johnny Depp's take on the Mad Hatter is a man with a split personality. A high pitched lisping madman at one moment and a low voiced distinguished Scottish gentleman the next. Sometimes even mixing to two voices in the same sentence. Absolutely amazing is the range of his performance!

I have no idea how I can look at someone with yellow eyes, blue eyelashes big bushy orange hair and looks like he is suffering from mercury poisoning and still be totally in love!

The one main thing I noticed in this film is that everyone, (and I mean EVERYONE, including young Alice), has dark circles under their eyes! Is that the new look? Dark circles??? Because if THAT'S the case then you can consider me totally fashion forward! LOL!

One more thing that I will mention is that, we did NOT see this movie in 3D. I get way to motion sick at things like that and didn't want to take the chance at having to leave during a Johnny Depp scene to go throw up.

I give the movie 5 stars and two big thumbs up! If you want a totally enjoyable 2 hours out, I will definitely recommend this movie to you!


That corgi :) said...

I so want to see this movie, thanks for the review

and congrats on your 6 pounds lost!!!


Kimmy said...

FABULOUS!!! Congrats on the 6 lbs lost!!

My family and I wants to see Alice in Wonderland also! Can't wait! I love Johnny Depp!!!!! So does my daughter. :O)

Good to see you around!

Becky said...

Lol- I love you for saying the part about NOT wearing the 3D glasses. That is my concern :) I totally would be motion sick!

Looks really interesting! I want to take the older kids!

Heather said...

We saw it last Saturday and I totally thought of you! We loved it! I'm so glad you did, too.

Deanna said...

I want to take my grandkids to this movie. They will love it. Thanks for the review.

And wow! 6 lbs in two weeks. You are doing an amazing job. I need Pete.

Intense Guy said...

Congrats on the 6 pounds! That marine must be brutal!!

Thanks for the review! I saw the trailer and couldn't understand why Alice was so old - and now I do!

And Burton is really into the dark eyes - heavy makeup look - I think he did the one with Penguin in the Batman movies. Same look.

Lacey said...

Congrats on the 6 pounds, that's awesome!

I still haven't seen this movie. I need to. Really, REALLY need to.

And I think we've had this conversation about your dark circles. My eyes just get red and poofy, and I'm so jealous of you I could cry. LOL!

CaJoh said...

Way to go!! 6lbs and counting…

My wife also does not like 3D movies. She admits that she has focusing problems and they never look like 3D to her. She also does not like to get nauseous either.

But we both like Tim Burton movies so this may be one that we see at the theater rather than waiting for it to come out on video.

Thanks for the review,

Grand Pooba said...

The dark circles bugged me the whole time! When I first noticed them I thought it was going to be just in the beginning and that when she went to (w)underland she would magically ripen up!

Nope. No dice.

Toriz said...

Thanks for the review.