25 August 2014

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland 2010
  • Director: Tim Burton
  • Based on books by Lewis Carroll
  • Cast: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Lindsay Duncan, Geraldine James, Leo Bill, Frances de la Tour and many more voices
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Johnny Depp -  Nightmare on Elm Street, Platoon, Slow Burn, Cry-Baby, Edward Scissorhands, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Arizona Dream, Benny and Joon, Ed Wood, Don Juan DeMarco, Dead Man, Nick of Time, Donnie Brasco, The Brave, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Astronaut’s Wife, Sleepy Hollow, The Man Who Cried, Chocolat, Blow, From Hell, Lost in La Mancha, Pirates of the Caribbean (all four of them), Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Secret Window, Finding Neverland, Libertine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Sweeney Todd, The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, Public Enemies, Alice in Wonderland, The Tourist
    • Mia Wasokowska – Jane Eyre, The Kids Are All Right, Defiance
    • Helena Bonham Carter – Les Misérables, Great Expectations, Life’s Too Short, Harry Potter, Toast, The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Absolutely Fabulous, Enid, Terminator Salvation, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, Conversations with Other Women, Big Fish, Planet of the Apes, Fight Club, Keep the Aspidistras Flying, Twelfth Night, Frankenstein, Howards End, Hamlet, A Room with a View
    • Alan Rickman – Alice in Wonderland, Snow Cake, Harry Potter 1-8, Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Love Actually, Michael Collins, Sense and Sensibility, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. The January Man, Die Hard, Romeo and Juliet
    • Timothy Spall   The King’s Speech, Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, All or Nothing, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Our Mutual Friend, Hamlet, Secrets and Lies, Life is Sweet, Gothic, Quadrophenia
    • Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables, The Dark Knight Rises, Rachel Getting Married, Becoming Jane, Brokeback Mountain, Ella Enchanted
    • Crispin Glover  Dead Man, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, Wild at Heart, Racing with the Moon
    • Matt Lucas – Little Britain, Shaun of the Dead
    • Stephen Fry – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, V for Vendetta, Tristram Shandy, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Gosford Park, Longiude, Black Adder, Whatever Happened to Harold Smith, Wilde, Cold Comfort Farm, Jeeves and Wooster, Peter’s Friends, A Fish Called Wanda, A Handful of Dust
    • Lindsay Duncan – Merlin, Wallander, Under the Tuscan Sun, Prick Up Your Ears
    • Geraldine James – Sherlock Holmes: a Game of Shadows, Sherlock Holmes, Little Britain, Calendar Girls, White Teeth, Moll Flanders, Gandhi
    • Leo Bill – Becoming Jane, Vera Drake, 28 Days Later, Gosford Park
    • Frances de la Tour – Vicious, Hugo, Harry Potter, The Book of Eli, Love Actually, Cold Lazarus
  • Why? JD. 37st in JD Marathon
  • Seen: Four times before. Now: August 23, 2014.
What an excellent film to be our first seen in Blu-Ray on our new DVD/Blu-Ray player. I’m now convinced – Blu-Ray quality is superior. Cleaner, sharper, crisper, brighter. No, I’ve not been paid to write this.  It’s just true. Lucky for us that a few years ago a group of students gave me a box with the DVD and Blu-Ray of this film.
The film itself – wonderfully visual and bright and colourful (thus the advantages of Blu-Ray). It’s funny and exciting and filled with delightful details. The cast is as terrific as usual in Burton’s films  - except for Hathaway. I’ve liked her in all the other films I’ve seen her in but here her affected hand-waving girlishness is just annoying.
JD with his sweet sad vulnerable madness and a pinch of stirring revolutionary rhetoric does one of his best roles. Helena Bonham-Carter is up to her consistently high standards – she must have so much fun playing all these bitchy roles! – and young Wasikowska is a refreshingly un-cute Alice.
The dash of feminism is fun but Alice as an imperialist merchant setting off to conquer China wasn’t quite the perfect ending for me, knowing as I do of Britain’s coming trade wars against its colonies, but maybe I shouldn’t be bothered. She wasn’t to know, young Alice, and it is a lovely film.

4* of 5         

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