Mar. 10th, 2010

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So, I saw Alice in Wonderland over the weekend!

Before the showing, there was a line of about 200 people (half of whom bolted when they realized they'd bought tickets to the NOT 3-D showing), and the two teenage girls ahead of me spent a long time on a conversation like this:

Girl 1: I mean, I just have such a crush or whatever on her because she's so, like, different, you know? And it's not just the accent, it's how she's so, like, different. Like, not shallow?

Girl 2: Oh god, I'm so tired of shallow people.

Girl 1: Me, too. (pause) How much do we like my new hair?

Girl 2: We LOVE your new hair.

I thought that was amazing and hysterical, until I realized that it was not a punchline; they were stone serious. Then I didn't know where to look.

That's pretty much how the movie is; every five minutes Burton does something, and you think, "This cannot be serious, there is a twist coming," and then you realize there is no twist coming, and that Burton is stone serious, and then you just don't know where to look.

It's really a shame, because of all the modern filmmakers who could have taken this on, I would have said that Tim Burton was a pretty solid choice, but we've already entered that era where old-Burton would have been a solid choice, and now it's just him cranking a story through his Whimsy Machine and hoping for the best.

For a more coherent review, read the whole thing at Fantasy Magazine.


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