Today, as a bit of a change, Sherby57 from Pour Some Gravy on Me will be a guest poster and has written an alternative review of Alice in Wonderland…except he hasn’t actually seen it.
So, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has been out for a while now and I thought it was about time that I posted a review.
The most striking thing about the film is the decision to cast Johnny Depp as Alice. Sure, he looks good in the blue-dress and white pinny, but I’m something of a traditionalist and firmly believe that the role should be portrayed by a blonde girl. That said, Depp’s performance is extraordinary and he brings a stunning depth of emotion to Alice, now cast as a refugee from another dimension.
Helena Bonham Carter inevitably makes an appearance, but it was at least a surprise to see her playing Tweedledum and Tweedledee (or T’Dum and T’Dee as they have been renamed). She apparently gained over 300lbs in weight for the dual roles and her commitment to her craft is commendable.
As for relocating the whole film to a dystopian cyberpunk future, this didn’t really work for me. It was also disappointing that there weren’t any headless ghosts. All in all, I’d give it 3 out of 5 – visually exciting, but lacking any tea parties.