Monday, March 08, 2010
Spring is on the way.
I'm back from Arizona, where the weather was nice, temperatures up to 75 degrees during the day and down to the low 50s at night. They have had lots of rain recently so there was quite a bit of green to see, on the ground and the mountains. The desert wildflowers won't be blooming for another week or so, I was told. The trip was nice. We had fun seeing old friends.
We did get to the opening of Alice in Wonderland. We were in a full theater with mostly folks younger than us. Even those awful front row seats were filled. During the movie I would often see little points of light from the audience as many, bored, flipped open their phones to read or text messages. When the movie ended people filed out without must discussion.
I can't say I blamed them. I was disappointed with the movie.
I can't say whether it was because I had high expectations for it because of Johnny Depp or because I so thoroughly enjoyed the original book of Alice in Wonderland.
I can't say if it was because I had read The Visual Guide to the movie and knew a lot about it.
I honestly feel that the movie would have been helped GREATLY with a voice over narrator.
I honestly feel that the message for young girls to find your own path, be your "mostness" was excellent but there is no way I would take my 10 year old granddaughter to see this movie. Too much violence. A dormouse sticking a hat pin in the eye of a monster like dog and pulling the eye out and keeping it in a net around her waist, is a bit too much.
Johnny Depp was wonderful. White and Red Queen's also wonderful.
The movie seemed manic. I didn't buy that Alice looked 19. That's just me.
Johnny Depps, Futterwacken dance at the end of the movie did not have to be a bizarre thing.
His head did not have to spin around, his feet and legs look like they were made of melting jelly.
Do I sound picky? I am. I was excited about the possibilities for this. I came out of the theater thinking that Avatar was so much better.
Most likely 89% of the folks in the theater audience had never read Alice in Wonderland or had seen a movie of it. They came because it was Johnny Depp, 3-D and who knows why else. I think they left thinking it was ok or so so. They certainly didn't seem that happy when they were leaving the theater. They seemed to want to just get out.
So, maybe it's a good thing that the DVD will be released June 1st and people can save the big bucks and just get it from Netflix.
:)Bea Create, let's your soul express itself.
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