Movie Review: Alice In Wonderland (2)
A trilogy to the Disney cartoon movie on video and DVD, Alice in Wonderland (2) might be different than what you might be expecting because a lot of things are different in this movie than the original. For one, Alice is a little older, 12 or 13. For two, it isn’t entirely a cartoon movie because all of the people and animals are real, (which is why it is 3D). For three, there is a dragon. Weird stuff, but Johnny Depp really does make it all work in the movie.
The movie starts out in a really pretty park where Alison Wonderland (played by a girl whose name I forget. Sorry!) is about to get married to a man that is considered to be the Lord. This made no sense and I’m not sure what the point of bringing religion into the movie was (the actor playing the Lord didn’t even try to look like God. He could’ve put on a fake beard or colored his hair white, but no, he apparently couldn’t be bothered), but it was kind of detracting. Anyway, so Alison doesn’t want to get married (hello, she’s only 12 or 13. Gross!) and the White Rabbit from the first movie shows up and tries to lead her out of the park. When Alison Wonderland falls through a hole in a tree*, she goes to an underground world and so, from then on, is called Alice In Wonderland, which is where the title comes from. It would be like if I fell through that same hole, my movie would be called Valerie At Herton.
Once in the underground world, she meets a lot of characters from the first movie, but a lot of them look so different that you have to really try to figure out who they are. For example, Tweedle Dee and Dum don’t have the propeller hats and don’t do the funny dancing that they did in the first movie. The one character I thought was funny to see was the Queen of Hearts. In the original cartoon, she was this huge woman with big hips and a huge butt. Since then, she apparently went on a diet and lost all of her weight except in her head, so she has this huge head and tiny body. LOL. It would’ve been super funny if she had lost all that weight everywhere except her hand, instead of her head. Can you imagine how big her class ring would have to be?! OMG!
Johnny Depp is really good as Mad Hatter. I don’t care if he is in his 30’s, he is such an attractive man and that really comes across to the audience watching his films. In the original, Mad Hatter was older with grey hair, but this time, he is younger with red hair. So, yeah, everyone ages backwards in this underground (except for Alice) and the only way anyone can die is if they get their head cut off or if their eyes get stabbed.
I think Johnny Depp and the girl that played Alice did a really good job with this movie. It was scary at times, but mostly cute and funny. I think everyone who sees this will really like it. Oh, and I guarantee that the dance that Johnny Depp does at the end will be copied at clubs and proms in every state in North and South America. I tried to do it when I got home, but it hurt my ankle, but I am not giving up.
I heard a few people had found the movie offensive because of the caterpillar. Not because people dislike caterpillars, but because the one in the movie smokes out of a bong. Hello, the caterpillar smoked drugs in the first movie, too, but nobody boycotted the video store. I don’t really understand what people are upset about and I really think that maybe they are just angry in general, like maybe they don’t have a job or their girlfriend isn’t pretty or whatever, so they want to get mad at something, so they pick on Johnny Depp just because he’s super nice. So nice that he couldn’t even make Mad Hatter an angry character, that’s just not who Johnny Depp is. Hey, jerks, why don’t you just leave him alone?
Mostly, I really like the movie, but I did have a few complaints:
First of all, should two movies have the same title? My guess is that this will confuse a lot of shopping people when they go to buy the DVD because they won’t know which one to get. “Was daughter’s name asking for the cartoon movie or the real people cartoon movie?” Naturally, the parent will buy both because they don’t want to risk a temper tantrum or a runaway. I think Disney is doing this on purpose in order to sell more movies, but I don’t agree with their practice. To me, it is unethelcal to make a trilogy with the same name as the first movie. They could easily have called it Alice in Wonderland 2: Back in Wonderland Once Again or Alice in Wonderland Returns to Wonderland But She’s Older. Obviously, this is a greedy move by the Disney family, but probably had nothing to do with Johnny Depp because he already puts numbers after the pirate movies. Shame on you, Disneys.
Um, hello. It isn’t really Alice In Wonderland without Un-birthdays, but this movie didn’t even have the song in it. Are we really supposed to believe that it was everyone’s actual birthday? Um, give me a break.
Overall, I loved the movie and am dying to know what Disney movie Johnny Depp will be in next. I know there is another pirates movie coming out, but I could totally see him being Prince Charming someday. Oh, did I spill some news that some of you didn’t know about, but I did because I know some people who do? Whoopsie…
I give Alice in Wonderland 4 ½ out 5 winks.
* – Most people that fall down holes do not find a fun world, so do not try it at home. If you do, you will just get really dirty and maybe hurt, but you might find a lot of wishing well coins.