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Meh. Wasn’t Tim Burton the very same guy who dissed the Gene Wilder version of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory because it didn’t stick closely enough to the spirit and tone of the original book?
No sense being a purist about plot when it comes to filming the Alice books, since there’s very little plot IN them, but Carroll’s Wonderland is not a notably dark and foreboding place. (In the first book, the Queen of Hearts couldn’t even manage to get ONE simple beheading carried out — much less run an oppressive police state — because everyone in Wonderland, herself included, was much too scatterbrained.)
True, there are moments when Alice is briefly frightened, but any air of menace lasts maybe half a page before Carroll (a logician and mathematician) undercuts it with absurd dialogue. But absurdist logical inversion and hyperkinetic CGI zaniness ain’t the same thing, Mr. Burton.
What I’m trying to say is: Dude shoulda sat on his laurels after Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure.
Comment by Throbert McGee — February 25, 2010 @ 11:17 am