“Alice in Wonderland” is a sequel to Lewis Carroll’s original Alice books, with many liberties taken combining all characters into one “Underland.” Teenaged Alice is unwittingly dragged back to the fantasyland to overthrow the Red Queen.
With a name like “Wonderland” one expects exotic creatures, fantastical situations, and a vivid rainbow of colors. Two out of three ain’t bad. Only Tim Burton could take the whole spectrum and make each color its own shade of black. Wonderland is both mystifying and drab at the same time.
I’m not a fan of Hollywood’s desire to turn every new film 3-D. I do think some movies might be worthwhile in 3-D and really hoped “Alice” was one. Unfortunately, nothing in this film really popped off the screen. I’d have rather saved three bucks and seen it in 2-D.
On a positive note, the Red Queen and her giant head were great to watch and I’d have loved to have seen more of her and less of the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp playing Johnny Depp.)
Too dark to be a kids’ movie and too whimsical for adults, “Alice” is a movie that will be mostly appreciated by those who live at Hot Topic.