For those of you who don’t know, I am a Tim Burton fan. I’ve made an attempt to see almost all of his movies either in the theater or on DVD/VHS. He has always be able to amaze me with his story-telling and visuals in all of his productions. But I have to say I was a bit disappointed with Alice In Wonderland. I won’t spoil the story for anyone who has not seen the movie yet and still wants to while it is in the theaters, 3D or not, but I was just about as disappointed with this movie as I was with Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

I saw in the movie on Sunday, non 3D, with a group of my close friends and my husband. We all went in expecting to be amazed and came up disappointed. I can’t seem to reiterate this enough. It was almost like the movie was trying to be how I found Avatar to be when I saw that in 3D about 2 months ago-very pretty with a crappy story.

Visually, the movie was great. Tim’s unique style is always shown in his background, his character designs, and even the minute details of the use of food and table objects, starting with the room where Alice has to grown tall to get the key from the table, then shrink to get through the door, to the Mad Tea Party with the Hatter, March Hare and Door Mouse.  The story is where the movie starts is downfall, with it being advertised as a continuation of the Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass story and coming off as an interpretation of Tim’s version of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. I won’t go into too much detail, but fans of the stories will notice the problems right from the start.

The ending is where I was the most displeased. I won’t say what characters did it, but there was pop and lock break dancing at the end of the movie. Pop and lock break dancing.  I could see a Wonderland customary dance, or a jig (but that could be pushing it a little…). But not pop and lock from a Missy Elliott video. I was actually waiting for Ching-a-Ling to start playing after a while. If it wasn’t the end of the movie, I would have gotten up and left.

So overall, the movie was pretty, but the story needed some work. I almost wish I had seen it in the Byrd Theater instead-I could have paid $2 instead of $7.50.

Here’s the Spill.com review of the movie. It pretty much says the same thing but with comedic effect. Enjoy!:

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