March 23, 2010

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 12

Alice in Wonderland: Hit or miss?

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. (Photo by suepark)

Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. (Photo by suepark)

The much-anticipated "Alice In Wonderland" film is finally here. But was it worth the wait?

The movie takes us on a journey back to Underland ... but wait, Underland ... isn't it Wonderland? Yes, even Alice was surprised. Though the story was cliché and predictable, Tim Burton's visuals never seem to disappoint.

Education major Kara Connors notes, "The Wonderland that is brought to life is colorful and imaginative - everything you thought it would be."

"Alice in Wonderland," though not really a sequel and not really a re-make, tells the story of Alice (Mia Wasikowska) 13 years after her first visit to Wonderland. The movie begins with Alice as a child, having visions about falling down a hole and seeing strange creatures. Her father assures her those visions are nothing but dreams.

The story then jumps to Alice, 19 years old, at what her family hopes to be her engagement party. Unsure if she wants to get married, she finds herself wanting more time.

Theater major Sarah Jesse found "this part to be incredibly painful; you just wanted her to follow the rabbit already!"

Fortunately, the white rabbit (voiced by Michael Sheen) finally appears and leads Alice to the portal to Wonderland.

As Alice enters Wonderland, we find her far too small, then much too large and then interrogated about who she really is.

Burton brings to life the whole gang brilliantly, but they are undoubtedly more annoying this time around. They spend way too much time on whether or not this is, in fact, the Alice they are looking for.

Johnny Depp finally makes his appearance on the screen, and knows instantly that this is the right Alice. But as Hospitality major Amy Domiano would put, Depp's performance was "a very horrifying one - and not in a good way."

There are no disputes about the actor's talents, but his performance seemed a little too indulgent.

The story then evolves into a very predictable cross between "The Lord of the Rings" and "The Chronicles of Narnia." A war to end all wars transpires between the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) and The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter). As it turns out, the creatures had foreseen Alice to take on the Jabberwocky and she is the only one who can defeat it. Alice, of course, doesn't believe that she can or will do it. So does she?

"Alice in Wonderland" though a financial success, left more to be desired. It left audiences feeling not-so-wonderful.

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