On Tuesday 16th March, Tim and I attended the Tim Burton/Disney 'Alice in Wonderland' at West Tower Regal Cinema on West Broad Street.
For those who have been disappointed with Disney's poor renditions of classic fairytales in the past, Tim Burton seems quite capable of countering the problem while Disney keeps it in the family suitable range. What violence there is isn't graphically excessive and is appropriate to the story. The only rolling heads are those of the Jabberwock, who remains a hostile monster throughout its brief appearance, and the Cheshire Cat, for whom it is a natural state and who can phase its body between vapour and solid. The Bandersnatch gains a personality, a tradeoff for its not remaining an enemy throughout the tale.
The story makes more sense if you've enjoyed the previous four parts: the original stories by Lewis Carroll - Alice's Adventures Underground, Alice in Wonderland, and Through the looking Glass - and the Michael Palin/Monty Python 'Jabberwocky' movie. The Jabberwock in this latest effort does closely resemble the one in Jabberwocky, and gets taken down by the Vorpal Sword in due time.
The tale of Underland is well integrated with the story of Alice (Kingsley? Originally it was Liddell, in Carroll) maturing and being asked to choose a suitor from a poor collection of effete snobs whose dreams died by the time they began kindergarten. The resolution of both that and the battle between the playing-card army of the headsman-happy Red Queen and her sister the White Queen's chessman army is left to the viewer. Do stop by and have tea at the Hatter's, just don't mistake the fullers' earth for sugar!