Head to Head – Alice in Wonderland

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, Catherine Harry subjected herself to YET ANOTHER Head to Head against Simon. This time, she tumbled down the rabbit hole to dish praise upon Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland. For her troubles, she scored some free movie tickets! You can win free movie tickets too by sending your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

Catherine Harry will argue FOR the film while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue AGAINST it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Catherine Harry – 4.5/5

We saw Alice in Wonderland as a family during the first week of the recent school holidays and absolutely loved it! It didn’t seem too crazy and wacky like director Tim Burton’s Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and yet Depp’s portrayal of the Hatter was as mad as could be. Alice had enough of a pouty, wide-eyed expression on her face but it was the one-liners and effects that made it really great. Well, that and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen! Our own “adventure” came as we camped during the second week of the holidays. While hiking, everything reminded us of Wonderland’s terrain and the movie quotes came thick and fast! We also wanted to make the wandering wombats into pig footstools. These are all signs of a good movie! All in all the movie was great fun, the battle was good, the creatures fierce and we all agreed that going off for her adventure was going to be much better than marrying sniveling Hamish!

Simon Miraudo – 3/5

Yeah, awarding a film three stars out of five may not exactly seem like a negative stance. The truth is, that (largely insignificant) number SHOULD have been much higher. Overall, Alice in Wonderland was light on imagination and bogged down by a narrative that never goes anywhere (nowhere unexpected anyway). Although Depp and Bonham-Carter give memorable performances, Mia Wasikowska‘s audience-cipher Alice is just so thoroughly unimpressed by the so-called “wonder” around her, I found it hard to get swept away by the proceedings. And the whole thing is just so … Burton! We know exactly what we are getting from a new Tim Burton flick, and each subsequent release of his seems more and more like a pale imitation of his earlier work. There is some enjoyment to be taken from Alice in Wonderland (three stars worth in fact), but overall, I can’t help but feel it’s a missed opportunity. And an unremarkable one at that.

Now it’s over to you! What are your thoughts on Alice in Wonderland? Let us know in the comments section below. If you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

2 Responses to “Head to Head – Alice in Wonderland”

  1. I agree with Simon. My husband I went and saw it together in 3D. We'd saved tickets given as a gift solely for this movie, so our expectations were high. Both fans of Burton, Depp and Bonham-Carters earlier works we thought we were in for a treat. While we were treated to a few giggles through out the less than spectacular 3D presentation, I was still left wanting more. The story line was predictable. Certain characters flat. The stand out for me was the White Queen and her little quirks – the dry retching as places ingredients into her pot. For a movie surrounded with such hype and expectation it didn't really deliver.

  2. I wish I enjoyed it as much as Catherine. I have to say I definitely agree with Simon.I rate it very much the same 3/5 – enjoyable enough, but its just not as great as I felt it should've been.If you're curious, I have my own review of the film here:http://thefilmlog.blogspot.com/2010/04/alice-in-wonderland-2010.html

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