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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Alice in Wonderland

As more and more details emerge about Tim Burton's upcoming adaption of Carrol's 'Alice in Wonderland', I begin to get more an more skeptical.
Obviously, it will have all the marks of a Tim Burton- delicious (if twisted) cinematography, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter (joined by Anne Hathaway, surprisingly), reasonable special effects, and I'm probably going to love it. So why the negativity?

Well, I think more than anything else it's the fact that any Burton picture is going to be downright creepy. Now, I have no problem with that- I love his films. But what irks me is when he makes films for children. Adults have a taste for the weird- but one look at the Mad Hatter (above) when I was a kid would've given me nightmares for weeks. I was scared of The Mask, for God's sake!
Burton undoubtedly has an air for the subtly sinister- but sinister and children rarely go together without tears. Maybe I'm wrong- maybe a spook once in a while is healthy. Maybe Burton will tone the creepy- it is, afterall, a Disney film. We'll have to wait until March of 2010 to see is my suspicions are justified.

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