Sunday, 7 March 2010

Alice in Wonderland 2010

I always look forward to every Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton collaboration, always expecting it to be weirdly amusing. Their latest film, Alice in Wonderland, is exactly that. We watched it in IMAX 3-D this afternoon and oh it was such a wonderful, magical ride!


Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter are brilliant as always. The Mad Hatter (Depp) is not just a one-note strange character who is fond of nonsensical riddles and obsessed with tea party. Here in the film he is able to form a deeper connection with Alice, is surprisingly courageous and actually makes sense sometimes. The Red Queen (Bonham Carter) though still has a penchant for cutting the head of anyone who displeases her is also more human - someone who wants to be loved than feared - whose vile behaviour psychologists might attribute as due to an insecurity - her sister (the White Queen) is beautiful, ethereal while she suffers from a curious affliction... an enormous head.

This is a watered-down Tim Burton film - not as twisted as I had hoped, too Disney-ish. But still you must not miss this visual treat. It's more enjoyable in IMAX 3-D. (Showing in SM North Edsa IMAX Theatre: 10:45 1:00 3:50 6:40 9:30)

Also enjoy my cousin's Alice inspired pieces for the art exhibit Curiouser and Curiouser: Inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

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