Sunday, March 14, 2010
Alice in Wonderland 3D
I'd never have gone to see the film but for the rave rumor and promo about it. I checked the actual reviews later, after seeing the fim on Sunday night, and found out that what I felt about it was not far off the mark.
It was good with all the CGIs and 3D effect. The fall into the hole, the flickering and lively forest of Wonderland, the ballistics of rocks, tree branches leaves, the mad hatter's hat etc. meeting us right in the face (almost on the nose) or swishing around, the contorted characters, the monstrous soldiers and the hellish gargoyle which was the red queen's final champion, were all frighteningly entertaining. But somehow many of the battle scenes failed to really stir me and I was wondering why.
The answer came as I left the theatre feeling wheezy-cheesy. Yes, It was because I was comparing the film with Avatar and all the
flying creatures doing battle in the sky. That was fantastic. One monstrous gargoyle could not create the effect that hundreds of the flying creatures in Avatar did, nor flying on the brim of a hat give the cold-tummy shiver that riding the flying creatures in Avatar gave.
Well, you can't change the story that Lewis Carol told. But the revisit to the Wonderland could be made more dramatic, especially the battle royal between the white queen's army and the red army. Seen only in the background as little cricket-like characters, the fierceness of the battle was lost while the battle of the champions was too brief and ill-matched. The magic sword did not seem to hold unexpected powers.
But making myself feel like a child again, watching the show was certainly a great experience, leaving the CGI and 3D effect as something unknown.