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Alice in Wonderland Movie Review Mar. 6th, 2010 @ 07:24 pm
cainangrey
 Alice in Wonderland

Director: Tim Burton
Written by Linda Woolverton
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway




Before I begin this review, I think it is only fair I should warn you about some quick facts about me in regards to this film: One, I love weird, dark, and twisted. (I love all of Tim Burton’s Films that I have seen). Two, I have been waiting to see this movie ever since it went into production.
Therefore, this review might be slightly bias.
To me, everything about this film seemed right from the get-go: the cast, the director, the format... Over the past year, as I waited impatiently for its debut, I began to build up my expectations.
Thus I was petrified when it came out. Most of the time, the movies I am most excited for tend to flop. Also, the fact that it was rated PG did nothing to sooth my nerves. Tim Burton can do disturbing fairly well when given the wiggle room to do so (Look at Sweeney Todd for example. He got to pull out all the stops because of it’s Rating). However, when restricted…. well, lets just say it’s not as good.
With all of this in mind, I watched Alice in Wonderland today with batted breath.
I was not disappointed. Alice in Wonderland is one of those rare films that met all of my expectations and then some. It was brilliantly composed and delightfully mad
Here is the break down.

Acting:
The acting in this film was fabulous. Not only were the core characters strong, but the side characters also gave an amazing performance, making the overall film balanced.
I would like to especially give mention to Mia Wasikowska. In Alice in Wonderland, Mia played the strong-minded Alice, the heroin of this crazy adventure. Her portrayal of Alice is perfect. She is clever, witty, brave and most importantly human. She makes Alice feel real and gives the audience a window into this crazy wonderland. Her acting is very solid, and truly makes the film. (Keep an eye on her; she is going places)
Also a shout out to all the magnificent side characters: Alan Rickman (caterpillar), Matt Lucas (Tweedledee / Tweedledum), Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), Paul Whitehouse (March Hare), Crispin Glover (Knave of Hearts)…. Their acting was amazing, and really made this film special.
I should also mention the other headliners. Jonny Depp was good as the Mad Hatter, which is to be expected, after all, this role was right up his ally. However, there were a few things that displeased me about his performance. For one, there were points where it felt as though his Mad Hatter was simply a blend of his past characters. Now don’t get me wrong, I love Johnny Depp, but he has this air about him that he tends to put in all his characters. Thus, I felt as though, at times, the Mad Hatter was just not enough “hatter” and too much “Johnny”. Otherwise, I loved his performance. I loved how he captured not only the Hatters madness, but also his grasps at sanity.
Helena Bonham Carter was excellent as the Red Queen and really added layers to the character (Which is always nice to see). There is really not much else you can say…
Anne Hathaway was interesting as the white queen. (When you see the movie you’ll understand the truth or that sentence)
Overall, the acting made this film strong and balanced.

Script:
The script was written by Linda Woolverton and based off the books by Lewis Carroll. Overall I thought the script was very clever. The plot is well thought out and interesting. I particularly liked how it included the after effect of Alice’s first trip down the rabbit hole; it added a lot to both the Alice’s character and the depth of the film. The script also made the film work on both a literal and psychological level through its use of dialogue and characters, adding to the sophistication of the film (which was again very nice to see).
I’d also like to mention that the dialogue was fantastic. It was light, witty, disturbing, and entertaining. It was the soul of the script.
Though I do love most aspects of this script, there was one element I did not approve of in the plot. Towards the end of the movie, the film takes on a Wizard of Oz like feel. This is clique and makes the ending lackluster. I could have done with out it.

Costume:
The costumes in this movie are well done. Their use of color and style reflect a lot about the character and mood of the scene. Outstanding.
Makeup:
The make up was good for the most part; however, there were points where they over did it.
Cinematography:
Well done.
3D:
Here is the deal with the 3D: though it was lovely to look at, when there was motion in the scene the film got blurry. I do not enjoy watching blurred images, and I think it took away from the film.
However, I do recommend seeing it in Imax. This larger then life movie works well on a large screen.

CGI:
Absolutely breathtaking work. Every aspect of this movie is beautiful to the eye. The animals looked lively. The landscapes once again reflected the mood of the scene and showed a true understanding of color. Also, the Cheshire Cat was perfect. Instead of just disappearing and reappearing, he flowed like smoke. Overall, the CGI was the backbone of this movie.

Score:
Danny Elfman’s music is great, as per usual. It plays a subtle roll in the film, and doesn’t really stand out.

Overall:
I thought this film was a delight to watch. It’s definitely worth seeing on the big screen.

If you love twisted tales of adventure and wonder or just plain mad, see Alice in Wonderland in a theater near you.

My Star Rating: * * *

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Mood Swings: amusedamused
Music: Sweeney Todd

New Community! Oct. 9th, 2009 @ 04:58 pm
ceejiesqueejie
   Hello all! I wanted to pop in and tell you about a movie called the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. It stars Heath Ledger in his final performance, along with Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Johnny Depp, Jude Law and Colin Ferrell

Anyone interested in joining is more than welcome! 

doctorparnassus 

Mods, if this isn't allowed, I'm sorry and please delete!



-C

Current Location: home
Mood Swings: cheerfulcheerful
Music: Incubus: Oil and Water

Inglorious Bastards (2009) Movie Review Sep. 27th, 2009 @ 09:21 pm
cainangrey
   Inglorious Bastards (2009)

 Written and Directed by Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Brad Pitt, Mélanie Laurent, Christoph Waltz

 Lt. Aldo Raine: My name is Lt. Aldo Raine and I'm putting together a special team, and I need me eight soldiers. Eight Jewish-American soldiers. Now, y'all might've heard rumors about the armada happening soon. Well, we'll be leaving a little earlier. We're gonna be dropped into France, dressed as civilians. And once we're in enemy territory, as a bushwhackin' guerrilla army, we're gonna be doin' one thing and one thing only... killin' Nazis. Now, I don't know about y'all, but I sure as hell didn't come down from the goddamn Smoky Mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half of Sicily and jump out of a fuckin' air-o-plane to teach the Nazis lessons in humanity. Nazi ain't got no humanity. They're the foot soldiers of a Jew-hatin', mass murderin' maniac and they need to be dee-stroyed. That's why any and every every son of a bitch we find wearin' a Nazi uniform, they're gonna die. Now, I'm the direct descendant of the mountain man Jim Bridger. That means I got a little Injun in me. And our battle plan will be that of an Apache resistance. We will be cruel to the Germans, and through our cruelty they will know who we are. And they will find the evidence of our cruelty in the disemboweled, dismembered, and disfigured bodies of their brothers we leave behind us. And the German won't not be able to help themselves but to imagine the cruelty their brothers endured at our hands, and our boot heels, and the edge of our knives. And the German will be sickened by us, and the German will talk about us, and the German will fear us. And when the German closes their eyes at night and they're tortured by their subconscious for the evil they have done, it will be with thoughts of us they are tortured with. Sound good?

The Basterds: YES, SIR!
Continued

Mood Swings: awakeawake
Music: The Doctor Theme- Doctor Who

Nine Movie Review Sep. 12th, 2009 @ 10:29 pm
cainangrey
 Nine


 Post-Apocalyptic world? Check. Red-eyed killing machines? Check. Sentient rag dolls with numbers on their backs? Check…. wait, what?

Exactly

Go Here

Mood Swings: aggravatedaggravated
Music: The Gutter- Bullet Called Life

Aug. 23rd, 2009 @ 06:57 pm
cainangrey
 District Nine  




Check out my Journal for the review
Mood Swings: artisticartistic

(500) Days of Summer Movie Review Aug. 17th, 2009 @ 02:01 pm
cainangrey
 (500) Days of Summer Movie Review

 (500) Days of Summer
Written by: Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber 



“This is a story of boy meets girl. The boy, Tom Hansen of Margate, New Jersey, grew up believing that he'd never truly be happy until the day he met the one. This belief stemmed from early exposure to sad British pop music and a total miss reading of the movie 'The Graduate'. The girl, Summer Finn of Shinnecock, Michigan, did not share this belief. Since the disintegration of her parent's marriage she'd only love two things. The first was her long dark hair. The second was how easily she could cut it off and not feel a thing. Tom meets Summer on January 8th. He knows almost immediately she is who he has been searching for. This is a story of boy meets girl, but you should know upfront, this is not a love story.”

 For the Rest of this review, check it out in my Journal

Mood Swings: accomplishedaccomplished

86 multifandom icons Jun. 20th, 2009 @ 04:50 pm
mrshopkirk
86 multifandom icons.
- Alan Rickman, Emily Browning, Helena Bonham Carter
- Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings
- LOST



( I'll always be alone, if I'm lying to you )

54 ICONS-MISC FANDOMS Jul. 6th, 2008 @ 11:25 pm
bekind_rewindd
INCLUDES:
[1-15] Harry Potter
[16-27] Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
[28-34] Twilight
[35] David Icke
[36] My Own Private Idaho
[37] John Lennon
[38-43] Rainbow Brite
[44] Delirium
[45] Sailor Moon
[46-51] Battlestar Galactica
[52] Tom Sturridge/Like Minds
[53] The Beatles
[54] The Office/Dwight Bobble head
Comment & Credit to:
bekind_rewindd   or my_lame_icons  
Examples:

Current Location: The Blue Room
Mood Swings: blankblank
Music: lalala

Icons: 95 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix Jun. 25th, 2008 @ 04:11 pm
mrshopkirk
[95] Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix icons



( Unless you wish to poison Potter
- and I assure you, I would have the greatest sympathy if you did -
I cannot help you.
)

50 Multifandom Icons Apr. 4th, 2008 @ 04:47 pm
mrshopkirk
[50] Multifandom
----[10] Emily Browning [inc. entries for emilyb_icontest]
----[21] Rose McGowan [inc. entries for rosecontest]
----[19] Lord of the Rings [various, inc. entries for aragorn_lims & lotr_lims]



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