Monday, March 23, 2009

Alice in Wonderland

Since there isn't a lot of originality or imagination in your average movie these days (Mall Cop, anyone?), its cool when you hear about an innovative filmmaker trying something different. So I'm pretty stoked about the new "Alice in Wonderland" that Tim Burton is directing. Tim thrives on fanciful and creepy material, and "Alice" is such a dark fairytale, I think it will suit him perfectly.

Honestly, I wasn't a big fan of his reworking of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-it didn't really improve on the original, and had those useless CGI Oompa Loompa's instead of real actors-FAIL! But I have a feeling that Alice will be better, mainly because there hasn't been a popular live action version of this movie made (I'm not counting the hilariously eighties TV abomination). So the look will be more open to interpretation, and Burton won't struggle with trying to make it look and feel different from a previous film.

There are some great production candids on the web that showcase the characters. Johnny Deep look pretty awesome as the mad hatter. Very Edwards Scissorhands meets Vanity Fair. The girl who plays Alice (Mia Wasikowska) looks very sweet and fresh-faced. I remember last year reading this article where Lindsay Lohan was going on and on about how she was campaigning really hard to be cast as Alice in Burton's film and had dyed her hair blond, etc. to get the part. I was praying that they didn't give it to her, because I mean seriously, that would've ruined it..thankfully Burton used common sense and chose an actress more appropriate for the role. Here's some quips from Lindsay Lohan about the missed opportunity..

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