Alice in Wonderland
I've never read the actual book, but I've seen the Disney movies countless times, so I know the basic story. The characters you expect are all there including the white rabbit, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum, the Red Queen, the talking flowers, and of course Johnny Depp at the Mad Hatter. There are of course a few characters not from the animated movie such as Anne Hathaway's White Queen, and the a talking dog Bayard.
While we know the basic story, Tim Burton tried to put a bit of a spin on the story. Instead of Alice being a little girl, she was a teenage girl on the brink of womanhood. But Alice has been to Wonderland before... or has she? The movie does try to explain the change of time, but by the end of the movie its still a little confusing.
We saw the movie 3-D, which I'm always a fan of. Although I think I've gotten to the point where I've seen so many 3-D movies, the technology has gotten to feel almost normal to me. What isn't normal is the cost for 3-D. In order to attempt to save money, when we head to a 3-D movie we do try to go to a matinee. But even a 3-D matinee is more expensive than a non-3-D evening showing.
Speaking of the fact we saw a matinee, given the time and the type of movie, there were a lot of kids in the theater, especially girls. At some points in the movie I thought things were a little slow, and I would have expected a lot of the kids to grow bored and restless. But I was surprised how quiet they all were. I guess because they also new the basic story of Alice they were able to follow along.
I really did enjoy the movie, but I'm not sure was as good as I had hoped. I feel like I came into the theater with somewhat high expectations. And while I wasn't disappointed, its not the type of movie that I'm dying to see again.
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