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Friday, March 12, 2010

Wonderful Alice in Wonderland!

I went to see Alice in Wonderland at the Imax Theater in 3D yesterday.  It was the first time I had ever been to a 3D movie--Avitar just didn't interest me--and only the second time I had been to an Imax theater.  The first time I went to an Imax was in DC a couple of years ago and I saw a documentary about fighter jets.  I wasn't that impressed, probably because I'm not really into fighter jets.

When I first saw the ads on television for Alice in Wonderland, I knew I had to go see it.  I loved the story as a child, and was dying to see how it would translate to the modern day cimema.  In reality, it wasn't the original story, but sort of a sequel.  The critics weren't crazy about it--they said it wasn't crazy enough.  I have to say I loved it.  I loved the story, the characters, the scenery, the costumes, and the 3D effects!

 Mia Wasakowska is credible as the 19-year old Alice returning to the land of her childhood dreams, and Johnny Depp is a marvelous Mad Hatter.  Crispin Clover is deliciously evil as the Knave of Hearts, and Anne Hathaway is syrupy sweet as the White Queen.  The make-up job on Helena Bonham Carter, the Queen of Hearts was fun, right down to her tiny heart-shaped mouth.  Matt Lucas was comical as Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, and you just had to love Stephen Fry as the Chesire Cat. 

I don't claim to be a movie critic, but I would have to give the movie kudos for sheer entertainment value!  The 3D effects were awesome  I actually ducked when the Queen of Hearts whacked her crocquet mallet and sent the little hedgehog flying at me!  I would love to go see it again, except that it's so expensive at the Imax.  The regular senior fare for movies is $6.50; it was $12.00 for the Imax theater.  (Regular admission is $14.00)

When the movie was over, it took a few minutes to get my "land legs" back.  It was a strange sensation, but I have read that some people actually get nauseaus from the 3D effects.  I wasn't nauseous, but I did feel a little wobbly for a few minutes.  The movie is rated PG because of some scary scenes, but I suspect it wouldn't be a problem for most 8 to 10 year olds.  Parents need to consider how much their kids are affected by movies.  My 5 year old granddaugher would probaably have nightmares; but I suspect my almost 8 year old grandson and his 9 year old cousin would love it.  I've included a trailer below.  Enjoy!





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45 comments:

Cop Mama said...

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Kristina P. said...

Tim Burton scares the hell out of me.

ethelmaepotter! said...

Alice in Wonderland always seemed tailor-made for Tim Burton and Johnny Depp to me. I may have to wait a while, but I'll definitely see it!

JackieA said...

Oh Eva,
I have booked tickets to take my little girls to watch this is in
3D tomorrow (Saturday) - they are 9and 7 years old respectively.....I neglected to check the ratings for this and am hoping to goodness that they will not be scarred for life by the movie!!
Awesome trailer by the way.

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Mary at Deep South Dish said...

I want to see that movie too! Our closest IMAX is New Orleans though and I don't want to drive a 3 hour round trip just to see a movie so we'll see it at the regular theater, if we manage to get around to it.

What is this Follow Friday thing I'm seeing?

SquirrelQueen said...

Being a fan of Tim Burton and Johnny Depp I'm looking forward to seeing Alice, hopefully this weekend.

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Emma Hughes said...

I cant WAIT to see this :) you have made me more excited (p.s. I have a new button over at Indiechick Designs!)

Vodka Logic said...

I think I was the last person on the planet to see Avatar and only then cuz my friend wanted to go. I saw in 3D but not Imax.. it was ok.. no big deal.

This sounds great and thanks for the trailor.
x

My name is PJ. said...

I love Burton and Depp; the story is a childhood favorite.

I can't wait until I see it, but I have to wait until it comes out on DVD....

~Shelley~ said...

I can't wait to see this movie!

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The Retired One said...

I totally agree with you! I LOVED it!

glnroz said...

I luvvv I-Max.. I may have to see this now that you have recommended it. I did see Avatar,,the effects were great.. plot,,you could have written it on the popcorn sack as the movie progressed. lol

DJan said...

I saw it in 3-D and thought it was good but not great. I would never have known it was Johnny Depp, he is so different!

Debbie said...

Thanks for the review Eva! My husband mentioned the other day that this looked like a good movie. That actually surprised me as his favorites are blow em up and shoot em up movies but maybe we will go to see it....looks cool!

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Mesina said...

OH! I LOVE Tim Burton and what girl isn't in love with Johnny Depp?!

We were due to see this movie last weekend, but alas had to leave it. I WILL GO SEE IT!! I can't wait!!!xx

Steven Anthony said...

I've been on the fence about this one, after reading your post, I'm going tonight to see it;) thanx for sharing

The Drama Mama said...

Coming through from Friday Follow. My 9 yr old daughter and I went to see this last Sunday, though it wasn't in 3-D it was in IMAX. I did a review on it too. I LOVED it. It was worth the matinee prices for sure!! Thanks for sharing your review. I can't wait to see it again in 3-D!

Miz Dinah said...

Can't wait to see it! I love Johnny Depp.

lakeviewer said...

I found it delightful and "modern" in its thematic approach. Great review here!

The Vegetable Assassin said...

I love the Imax in principle - all that screen, everywhere. Yes please! It's like being immersed in the movie. However, I've only been to Imax movies a handful of times and every time I have gotten sick. Motion sick. From all that movement around me. Last thing I saw in Imax was "I am Legend" a few years ago which isn't even all that motiony (it's a word NOW) in the scheme of things and afterwards my sister and I hobbled to the car both of us going "I am going to HURL!" Even in normal movie theatres I have to sit near the back to ensure I don't turn green.

When I was a kid I only had to look at the car and there was my lunch on the ground. :)

But the 3D sounds fabulous!

Mandy's Life After 30 said...

Yay for a good movie outing! Those are far and few between in my household. I'd like to see the film out of sheer curiosity even though some of Tim Burton's movies are just too weird for me. We shall see....

Meeko Fabulous said...

I loved it too!!! :)

Jenny Brown said...

Thanks for the review....I want to see this movie really bad. It looks good (to me)!

Kelley said...

Hi from FF!
Cant wait to see that movie!

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Writing Without Periods! said...

Thanks for the low down. I do want to see this movie.
Mary

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

I can hardly wait to see it Eva!c Johnny Depp is always so entertaining and wears each character perfectly. (He's Canadian you know?) As to the cost of the movie? Sometimes ya just gotta do it!

Joanna Jenkins said...

YEAH! A rave review. I'm hoping to see "Alice" this weekend. Thanks for the endorsement.

jj

Eva Gallant said...

Lucy: I didn't know he was Canadian; and I would say the movie was worth the ticket price.

WritingWithout: I'm pretty sure you'll like it!

Jenny: It was really fun!

DramaMama: If you liked it in regular format, you'll love the 3D!

Steven: I hope you aren't disappointed!

Mesina: I agree..Johnny Depp is amazing!

Debbie: I hope you get to see it and you both enjoy it!

Glen: I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

gayle said...

I was wondering about this movie. Thanks for the review!!

Mad Sewing Love said...

I too was wondering about this movie. It looks a lil' creepy to me. My daughter is only 7 so I won't be taking her.

Mad Sewing Love said...

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Just Breathe said...

Thanks for the review. I'm not crazy about wearing the glasses.
I do want to go see the movie for sure.

Run DMT said...

Visiting here from SITS :-)

Thanks for the review. I had been wondering what everyday folk like ourselves thought of the film. My 8yo is dying to see it, but I didn't think it was appropriate for my 4yo. Thanks for the warning!

Happy SITS Saturday Sharefest! :-)

Babes Mami said...

Happy SITS Sharefest Saturday!

I LOVE Tim Burton, he has been a favorite for a long time. I love the odd and 'creepy' and can't wait to go see this!

I am Harriet said...

My daughter saw it and really enjoyed it.


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coming over from SITS! i'm a little late but it's still Saturday! :)

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Happy Sunday. I am a new Friday Follower!!

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Eva Gallant said...

SarahLynne: Welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

Harriet: I'm glad she enjoyed it. I sure did!

EmcogNEATO! said...

I just loved Alice in Wonderland. I didn't see it at the IMAX, but did catch the 3d show. I love Tim Burton. Happy Friday Follow!