Friday, April 17, 2009

Through the Looking Glass


Tim Burton's upcoming version of Alice in Wonderland is a film I'm ridiculously, deliciously and borderline obsessively anticipating. On top of being a fan of the book, the original Disney cartoon, the director, and the actors, I have the fantastic delusion of some sort of special ownership seeing as I share the name.

Aren't delusions delightful?!

Look at darling Alice, played by Australian actress Mia Wasikowska. If you want to see her acting chops, check out In Treatment.

Isn't her costume just divine?


Of course Johnny Depp should play The Mad Hatter. This sneak peak at his transformation is just brilliance.


Other cast members include:
Anne Hathaway as the White Queen
Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit
Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen
Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar
Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat

Not bad ay?

Tim Burton taking on new territory also sounds intriguing. Wonder where the rabbit hole will lead him?

And this picture I just love. Tim Burton may be engaged to Helena Bonham Carter, but methinks Depp + Burton = match made in cinematic heaven.


And in a rather literal interpretation of Through the Looking Glass, Disney recently announced that Alice in Wonderland will also be released in IMAX 3D. I'm a bit so-so about this technology, but what a film and what a world to experience in 3D. Methinks this might just win me over.

There's no news on an Australian release date as yet, but it's the 5th March 2010 for the US and 2nd April 2010 for the UK.


Academic, Hopeful said...

Perfect! I am giddy about it. And of course it's you. You're the Alice for sure.

I may well be in Oz at that time, so bags a double or triple date with you!

Paul Martin said...

I love Burton, Depp and Bonham-Carter, but that pic of Depp looks tired in a cliched way. Reinventing the Mad Hatter is one thing, but regurgitating that same idiosyncratic Depp look with the dark eye makeup does nothing for me. I'll still see it and I'm sure I'll like it - there's nothing by Burton I haven't liked. Yet...

James said...

Even Planet of the Apes? I've been a bit worried about diminishing returns from Burton. Not sure if I even watched Charlie the whole way through.

Big Fish was in there as an interesting film somewhere and Sweeney was hailed as a return to form - I agree although couldn't get on board entirely.

In sum, I think he can be a bit hit and miss. He is perfect for this, though, and I'm very keen to see how it works out.

Alice said...

@James: Good point. Wonder if Planet of the Apes failed for lack of Deppth (ha!).
You're right though, my excitement stems not so much from Burton's recent filmography, but the fact that he seems perfect for this project. There's a lot of darkness to Alice, and I'd fear a less ambitious director would make it too sickly sweet.

@Paul Martin: I don't think that photo does the get-up justice. Granted Depp has been all about the dark eye-make up with Pirates, I think this Mad Hatter garb will look fab on film.

@Academic, Hopeful: it's a date! Eee! xx

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