By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Walt Disney Pictures
Johnny Depp is the Mad Hatter
A little earlier than I expected, but we've been alerted to the first couple of official reviews for Alice in Wonderland! Since the previews continue to allude that they aren't showing much -- which had to be true, since the trailers kept recycling one another -- one can't help but be curious to what the first critics have to say. So let's have it in one word. Amazing? Fantastic? Horrible?
Alice in Wonderland Reviewed
Below you'll find snippets from the first two reviews for Alice in Wonderland and judging by what I've read, they seem to completely disagree with one another.
"You've lost your muchness," Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter remarks to his newly shrunken teenage friend, and much the same could be said of Tim Burton in the wake of his encounter with a Victorian-era heroine of imaginative powers even wilder than his own. Quite like what one would expect from such a match of filmmaker and material and also something less, this "Alice in Wonderland" has its moments of delight, humor and bedazzlement. But it also becomes more ordinary as it goes along, building to a generic battle climax similar to any number of others in CGI-heavy movies of the past few years. A humongous Disney promo effort and inevitable curiosity about the first post-"Avatar" 3D extravaganza will pull wondrous early B.O. numbers, although long-term forecast could become clouded by the imminent arrival of further high-profile kid-friendly features.
Not that there was any doubt that, when it came to restaging the 1865 Lewis Carroll classic for a 21st century sensibility, Tim Burton would be the man for the job. But even the filmmaker's trademark winsomely outlandish style doesn't prepare you for the thoroughly enjoyable spectacle that is his "Alice in Wonderland." A fantastical romp that proves every bit as transporting as that movie about the blue people of Pandora, his "Alice" is more than just a gorgeous 3D sight to behold.
I highly recommend you each both of thre reviews for a better idea of the positives and the complaints. So be sure to click the bold links above.
Alice in Wonderland opens to theaters on March 5th.