Apes Pick: Alice in Wonderland
Why I picked this film: It was in the DVD player already and I'm tired. Plus it was on my list of movies to watch. So yeah I picked this film because I'm lazy! My nieces were watching it last night and left it in the DVD player so I figured heck its a sign from the MOVIE GODS! Also this has been on a continuous loop at Sam's Club and I've been wanting to see it.
Beeps: Well, it's certainly a Depp/Burton collaboration. I have a difficult time enjoying a movie in which the ending has been pre-ordained. I found Johnny Depp to be a bit over the top in his performance as the mad hatter, who in my opinion was a little too mad. I also found this movie to be a bit slow moving. I felt like the movie, which takes 108 minutes to spill out, could have been completed in a hair over 60 minutes. I wouldn't be doing this movie any favors if I didn't at least mention the visuals, which were absolutely stunning. It's easy to see why this has been on a continuous loop in stores. The look of the film was truly the highlight. 2 1/2 stars.
Apes: For a weird eccentric Burton film it was sub par compared to his others. Depp was a needless "star power" pick for the role and could have been performed by a better actor and been much more effective. At times Depp's speech was unintelligible and quite frankly not worth rewinding to hear. Alice was played well, but almost a bit to spaced out for my tastes. I must agree with Beeps and his review of the visuals. They are stunning. The colors contrast and add visual drama to the film. I think this film is worth watching, but now that its over I wouldn't watch it again. I give this film 2 1/2 stars.
Overall we give this film 2 1/2 stars.
~Beeps and Apes