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Alice in Wonderland

 

 

SCORE: 84

 

Alice in Wonderland 

 

Mixing Tim Burton and Johnny Depp can be a very dangerous thing, especially when concepts like family friendly are applied. I had played some of the Alice in Wonderland video games based on the movie, and they were a little darker than I was expecting. So I expected the movie to be dark as well. There are a couple of scary parts in this movie, but it is a lot better than I was expected. It is important to note that Alice in Wonderland is a mixture between a sequel and re-telling of the original.

Visually speaking there are many parts of Alice in Wonderland that are a complete trip. This is something to be expected. What I did not expect is how beautiful a lot of this movie is. The various effects, and characters seamlessly flow together so that they look real. There are some scary images in Alice in Wonderland that can scare children. The Red Queen is shown as very vicious. Her jabberwocky murders quite a few characters in one scene. There is also some gore as one character gets their eye plucked out. It does become an integral part of the plot later in the movie though.

The voice acting by the computer generated characters is fantastic. Stephen Fry steals every scene the Cheshire Cat is in. In fact I enjoyed his performance more than I did the Mad Hatter. I could never tell if the Mad Hatter was actually mad, or pretending. He did a good job of keeping me guessing. The music in Alice in Wonderland fits the scenes, and has a real majestic feel to it. A lot of this Blu-ray/DVD reminds me of the Chronicles of Narnia movies.

Disney is back to their bag of tricks when it comes to extras and bonuses. Alice in Wonderland has so many special features that you will be busy for weeks going through them all. Okay maybe not literally, but you get the picture. My personal favorite extras are The Futterwacken Dance, Finding Alice, and the Cakes of Wonderland. It is important to note that Family Friendly Gaming was blessed with the Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy combination. Which allows us to take this movie virtually anywhere we go.

The menu screens of Alice in Wonderland exhibit an intelligent design. They are easy to go through, and we had no problems in that regard whatsoever. The story of Alice in Wonderland has a lot to do with no conforming to the standards of the world. Alice is expected to do certain things, and she picks a different path. The movie makes it clear that she made the right decision.

Mia Wasikowska does a wonderful job as Alice in Alice in Wonderland. I appreciate how family friendly the images were kept when she grew large or small. Having to deal with attire that does not grow with the person is certainly a challenge. I really like what Tim Burton did with this film. To me Alice in Wonderland feels like a sequel, and I really like that. I am curious to see if Alice ever gets back to Wonderland in the future.
- Paul

 

Graphics: 74%
Sound: 86%
Replay/Extras: 90%
Gameplay: 89%
Family Friendly Factor: 79%
System: Blu-ray/DVD
Publisher: Disney
Rating: 'PG' for Parental Guidance
{For Fantasy Action/Violence Involving Scary Images and Situations, And for a Smoking Caterpillar}

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