Why is it, when some directors get a few hits under their belt, they begin to
think that their vision of any given subject is better than that of the
My rant this month is with Tim Burton. Yes, he did an amazing job with
his two "Addams Family" movies, and "Edward Scissorhands", and the cult
masterpiece "Mars Attacks". But, as they say in Hollywierd...er, Hollywood,
"You're only as good as your last project." and I fear Burton's 'vision' of the
new "Alice in Wonderland" may just put asunder what twenty years of genius hath
According to my erstwhile little birdies, this one may well have Lewis Caroll
spinning in his casket. In this edition, Alice (played quite well by Australian
actress Mia Wasikowska,) is seventeen now and flees a marriage proposal,
led on by the white rabbit, and follows him down the rabbit hole. (Nu?
How does a nubile seventeen year old girl squeeze down....oh, never mind.) Here
she is reunited with the Mad Hatter, (played flawlessly by Burton's pet project
saver Johnny Depp,) and the rest of the expected list of suspects,
including her nemesis The Red Queen, (Helena Bonham Carter) who has
become so impossible that the citizens of Wonderland are obliged to get Alice to
help depose her. What's so absurd about the plot is, Alice was in Wonderland ten
years earlier, but remembers nary a moment of her adventure.
If you enjoyed the Disney animated version of Carroll's tale, you won't
like this one. The fun is gone, replaced by Burton's signature gothic darkness
and borderline grotesques. Example: The Red Queen, whose favorite cry is 'Off
with their head!' actually has a moatfull of disembodied craniums floating
about. And don't expect Alice to be a proper Victorian lady, either. This movie
could well have been titled. "Alice: Warrior Bimbo" This movie is more "Mulan
meets Nightmare Before Christmas", and possesses very little of the charm and
cuteness of the Disney Version.
Bear in mind, I'm going strictly by what I've been told by someone who is
involved with the project and who said there isn't a snowball's chance in hell
he's going to take his kids to see it. For my part, I shall reserve judgement
until I've seen the final cut.
Till next month, Gang!