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Wanderingshadow's Review of Alice in Wonderland

rated it: posted: Aug 02, 2008
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Alice in Wonderland was a film that Disney had been wanting to make for years. In fact, he considered making Alice in Wonderland for his first film rather than Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Good thing for him that he didn't.

The film is based on Lewis Carol's Alice in Wonderland (though it also borrows some from Through the Looking Glass). Alice is an English school girl who is bored with her lessons. She notices a white rabbit running by and chases it into a hole. For the rest of the movie, she chases the rabbit while meeting all sorts of strange creatures in Wonderland.

The production values are up to snuff for a Disney film. The animation looks good and the character designs are nice. The animators do a wonderful job creating the surreal world of Wonderland. As a pure spectacle, this film is a success.

The films suffers from one problem: being Alice in Wonderland. The book is hard to bring to the big screen for a couple of reasons. One is that it relies heavily on wordplay, which doesn't translate well to film. The other is that the story is so loose. As a result, Disney's Alice in Wonderland lacks in structure. Some of the scenes have absolutely no point to them (I'm looking at you Tweedledee and Tweedledum).

Then there's Alice. She's not a very interesting characters. Mostly she pokes her nose into whatever she finds and acts totally bewildered when strange things happen to her. She doesn't learn anything from her past experiences either. The most interesting thing she does in the entire movie is sit in the woods and cry because she's lost, but by that point, I have no sympathy for her.

Having said that, this movie is one that most people either love or hate. It's worth watching at least once if only to see which side of the fence you fall on.

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