Filmspiration – Alice in Wonderland

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So here we are – after the huge anticipation – ready to buy one more “Alice in Wonderland”. Tim Burton’s remixed version of “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking-Glass” seemed to be a great reward for everyone who had patience. But for me this film was only an opportunity to realize that Lewis Carroll is untouchable!

However, I wouldn’t say this Alice version isn’t worth seeing. Au contraire! You shouldn’t miss this shot of entertainment. But you have to know that this is neither Tim Burton nor Lewis Carroll but just 108 minutes of 3D effects and color games that will make you miss the written word. The charm of literature cannot be reproduced in such a concrete form of art as cinema. Because there where literature allows you to imagine, cinema gives you for granted; there where the writer creates poetic images and is playing with words opening new possibilities, cinema plays with concrete images and closes these possibilities.

Let’s take, for instance, the Jabberwocky battle – who is Jabberwocky in Lewis Carroll’s book? The character from a poem, a monster created from the sound of unexisting words that turns out to be a simple dragon in Tim Burton’s film. And if no Mad Hatter or Red Queen, or Cheshire Cat or Alice were not around, then this film could have been anyone’s adventure in any other land.

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  • No offense, but I was expecting far more for a “filmspiration” post about Alice in Wonderland…

    I for one thoroughly enjoyed it! Those who pay attention to the story would understand that the storyline is not meant to follow the thread of either literary Alice adventure, but is set in a future time. And visually – truly this IS stunning and hugely inspirational. Look for color, shape repetition, the sense of proportion…

    Understandably, the lack of visual “filmspiration” for this post may have been due to lack of availability for images (Disney don’t seem to like trailers, stills and all published on non-authorized sites).

    But surely AIW deserves a little more explanation of inspirational visuals in this post?

  • Isy

    I always thought of Jabberwocky as something like the Pointed Man from The Point (Oblio). So yes, a book lets you fill the characters and sceneries with whatever your imagination finds suitable – you can’t complain about directing, acting or effects :)

  • 3D movies are meant to display an avalanche of fantastic images, just for the audience to be astonished. Just like Avatar, it doesn’t have complex character development, monologues, strong dramas, great supporting cast or in-comprehensive storyline, but it achieves its goal: entertain a wide range of audience, from kids to adults.
    And that’s success.

    I suppose you’re more bashing the movie rather than using it as inspiration. I do however like your point in emphasizing the weaknesses of the new generation of films. Here is a cool inspiration as a movie reviewer: htttp://

    Keep’em coming!

  • Definitely can’t wait to see the movie… Though I do find it disturbing that the most famous stories seem to derive from some drug induced coma lol..

  • /agree
    Whoever creates those characters has some good stuff to smoke hehe

  • Mia is my favorit actress after the Alice movie ))) I wanna in Australia to meet her…

  • love this movies damn much..