Alice In Wonderland, a movie I found I really enjoyed.
I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Thanks to the marketing of the film, I expected the focus to be unduly on Johnny Depp and the Mad Hatter. He was focused on in the commercials, every poster I saw focused on the hatter... I fully expected this to spiritually be Willy Wonka 2: The Wonkening.
Fortunately, the focus of the film was, in fact, Alice. The Hatter has a big role, but he doesn't steal the movie away from her. Alice herself was someone I found to be very likable. In fact, she reminded me of my favorite Harry Potter character, Luna Lovegood. I can totally picture these two characters hanging out and saying things that would bewilder everyone else.
Anyway, back to my original point. Even after the movie has been out for a few weeks, people are still listing Burton's bestest buddy Depp as the star. Look, I like Johnny Depp. He's a great actor, and I get that emphasizing him was a shrewd marketing maneuver. Nonetheless, he is NOT the star of this movie! Mia Wasikowska is!
Wait, Wasikowska? How do you... okay, so maybe that last name is more of an enigma than "Depp", but she was still awesome in this movie, was the main character, and deserves top billing! It's like when they claimed Hugh Grant was the star of The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill But Came Down a Mountain. Chief O'Brien was the star of that movie, darn it!
It's worth noting that I did not see this movie in 3d. I did not specifically choose to do so; I saw the movie on a whim, and chose the time closest to when I passed I theater. I would've had to wait an hour and a half to see it in 3d, so I went 2d. I'm not sure if the experience was improved or hindered as a result, but it does give me an excuse to see it again.
The movie itself was fun, whimsical, and visually stunning. The story is fairly simple and nothing to get excited about (unless you're a hardcore fan of the original poems and the emotion is rage), but it remains a fun experience. It's a fantasy story through and through, like a classic fairy tale told in a modern fashion. I left the theater feeling like neglecting the restraints of reality and allowing my imagination to run totally wild. In short, I left the theater feeling fantastic.
It may not be a perfect film, but I enjoyed it immensely and look forward to seeing it again.