Three stars for a great visual flick. Whimsical, should please children and the lovers of the two books alike. Some great lines ; liked the depiction of the character of the cruel red queen; but did not like the ending, Alice as a merchant in Hong Kong, you must be joking...
Too Dark! Even Johnny Depp didn't save this for me. Maybe it was the enlarged eyes or something. Not one I'll be showing my kids for a good many years, if at all. Helena Bonham Carter was fun as the red queen, but 'Alice' just irritated me the whole way through.
I think an 11 year old might get a lot more out of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. Me, I'm still non-plussed about digital effects (particularly when the direction suggests 3D when I'm not watching in 3D). But still there is something about some of the characterizations that is seductive (I'm thinking Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat and it is good to see Crispin Glover even if his freakiness is mainstreamed here for Disney). Yes, the visual scheme can be trippy but perhaps not quite as trippy as it should be -- a little too "digital" really (for me). Too bad, it all ends in a "fight the monster" scene -- was this in Lewis Carroll?
Not as bad as I thought it would be, perhaps a result of lowered expectations. It sure looked nice on blu-ray. The biggest surprise for me was that I dug the way it portrayed Alice (Mia Wasikowska) in a more heroic role. I found myself more invested in her story than of those around her that seemed to get way more screen-time.
Depp, Burton, Bonham-Carter. That should give you an idea of what you're in for. Not a younger children's film. Very visually impressive on bluray
Johnny Depp - need I say more!! Great movie for a bit of escapism and visual party for your eyes. Not for kids though.
Interesting to compare with Tim Burton directing Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands (the start of their working relationship). My kids (11 and 13) enjoyed it. Probably too dark for younger kids.
I needed to upgrade my Samsung blu-ray player's firmware to play the movie - it was stuck on the title. Worth remembering if you have an older player (this was a BD-P1500).
What a great movie! Definitely not for young kids, but older kids would be fine. I love the way that it is an actual story from end to end instead of the original Alice in W story which is just a series of encounters with strange creatures. The fact it ties in with the original story is great too!
A very weird movie...but to be expected from a weird book.
Oh dear Barron, I think you missed the point of the movie. Although I understand how someone might have been disappointed by some aspects, I found this production rather exciting and visually spectacular. I would not recommend it for young children, without proper parental guidance, but I certainly think it's worth watching. Depp is simply fantastic, as always. It's purely an hour and a half of escapism and fantasy - enjoy it!
Loved it. Depp and Bonham-Carter were excellent in their roles as was Mia Wosikowska as Alice. Typical Tim Burton (LOVE his stuff always). I liked the fact that it was quite "dark" in places - and the subtle changes in Depp's portrayal of the "mad" hatter was as usual, amazing stuff. It ranged from "pretty" and delicate to dark and loony - and as always with Burton and Depp - fantastical! Wonderful.
I fail to see why "Barron" in their review, claim it was "overly long and fails to hold interest". I enjoyed every minute and was fascinated the whole way through.
Whilst there are some fine individual performances this is a typical Tim Burton film and the total is less than the sum of the parts.
It is overly long and fails to hold interest. There are elements in the film that young children would find frightening and misses the entire point of the original books and poems.
If you want a film that will entertain the whole family go for one of the Pixar movies.
I really loved this film!
Johhny Depp is fantastic as the mad hatter as is Helena Bonham Carter as the bad queen.
I didn't get bored once during this film even though it was quite a long movie. I particularly liked the darker side of this film compared to the original Alice in Wonderland type movie.
Great movie ... will definitely watch over and over again!