Off With Their Heads!

April 19, 2010 at 11:38 pm (Alice in Wonderland) (, , , , , )

“With other people she can play humans. With me, it’s completely non-human characters.”

Tim Burton

I feel the best part about Alice in Wonderland was Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen.  Her character is visually loud and demands attention when she walks onto the screen.  This is where the CGI does pays off because they make her head much larger than life and shows how “big-headed” she is.

Bonham Carter was very successful in making the Red Queen real.  I would not cross her.  As she demands to know who ate her tarts, even those she asks who are innocent are frightened.  She makes her way down the line to the thief, lowers her voice and asks, “Did you steal my tarts?”  Wipes the tart off his mouth and gives him no time to explain before yelling, “Off with his head!”

Burton and Bonham Carter have been very successful as he is with Depp, in creating wonderful and new characters with each new film.  Sadly Anne Hathaway’s White Queen was not as impressive.  I felt she was too stiff or too forceful with her body language which did not match her gentle voice.  From an online interview she stated that she took influence from Blondie’s Debbie Harry as a gentle-looking but powerful women.  She was not convincing enough for me.  She did not seem to fit into a Tim Burton film.  Helena Bonham Carter’s queen overshadows Anne Hathaway’s White Queen in every way, performance and visually.

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Is He Mad?

April 19, 2010 at 11:37 pm (Alice in Wonderland) (, , , )

“We did research on orange-haired characters, from Bozo to Carrot Top and everything in between.  It was quite disturbing.”

Tim Burton

Once again Tim Burton and Johnny Depp combined forces to create the wonderful and clever Mad Hatter in Burton’s newest film, Alice in Wonderland.  Depp made a most convincing Mad Hatter, in fact he almost went too mad a few times.  The Hatter asks, “Have I gone mad?”  To which Alice replies, “I’m afraid so. You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.”

From the outfit to the laugh the Mad Hatter is an exciting new character that has come from the glorious minds of Depp and Burton.  He may look a bit much from the posters with the heavy makeup but I assure you, he is a very enjoyable character.  The Mad Hatter has a kind of loneliness about him that can relate him to previous characters from Burton, such as Edward Scissorhands, Jack Skellington and even Beetlejuice.  They are all one of a kind as is Burton himself.

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Wonderland

April 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm (Alice in Wonderland) (, , , , , , , )

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality”

Tim Burton

Watching Alice in Wonderland made me thankful that Tim Burton still makes film, though the much used CGI muffled down the Tim Burton feel.  It was too crisp to be a Tim Burton film, that’s because it is also a Disney film.   Though if anyone should have made this film, it is Tim Burton, who can make a true Wonderland.

With a PG rating Burton had to keep a minimal to any gore.  Disney gave him enough room to create the Red Queen’s bloody moat which is filled with the head’s of her victims.  At one point Alice has shrunken and must cross the moat by using the heads as stepping-stones.

The color palette used was a bit more brighter than our usual Burton films.  This can be noticed in his Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in which they also used a lot of CGI.  I’m not sure if it was Disney that demanded a brighter film or if the artist involved in the CGI but we are far from Edward Scissorhand’s house and Halloweentown.

Overall I would suggest anyone who is a Tim Burton fan to go and watch this film, because no matter if it’s “not the same” because of Disney or Burton creating a more friendly vibe because he now has children himself, it is still a Tim Burton film.

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