To each his own.

So, here we are again on the general topic of film.
Last night, my wife and I joined a few friends of ours at the theatre to watch Alice In Wonderland in the miraculous 3rd dimension.

I enjoyed the movie, but I think I would have enjoyed this one more had I seen it the good ol’ fashioned way. Some of the 3D elements seemed exaggerated… and though the whole film was a film of fantasy and surrealism, the extended depth that the fantastic world (and even the “real” world at the beginning of the movie) simply seemed unnatural. It seemed as if much of the film was pieced together and made to be three-dimensional after the fact… and in order to ensure that it “looked” 3D, the depth of the third dimension was stretched out a little more than would be considered normal… something that simply caused me to be distracted. That, and a few mis-dimentioned fragments that flickered funny in my eye, made me wish I’d seen, or at least wish to see it, in the wonderfully flat second dimension. Of course, these thoughts are only my own.

On another note, I expected a lot from Johnny Depp. And that lot was just enough more than what I received to leave me disappointed. It was a clever character, and fairly well done. I think just a bit more energy (and a little less Jack Sparrow) would have given him the seat of my favourite character (something I had expected the Mad Hatter to obtain quite quickly, but a spot that went instead to the epic March Hare – care of Paul Whitehouse).

Lastly, Tim Burton. I’m not exactly Tim Burton’s hugest fan. I thought Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was excellent and Big Fish was also quite good (keeping in mind, my opinion is not necessarily shared across the boards; nor does it need to be). But other films of his (though I’ve yet to see a couple of his most popular films, humbly I’ll admit) have left me unimpressed (namely, “9”). I found Alice in Wonderland to be just a tad slow at a couple parts, but over all one of the better Burton films I’ve seen. It was humours and entertaining, and though it had a slightly predictable plot (just slightly), it was a good story.

After the movie ended (a movie which I’d happily heard hardly a hair about) a few of my friends gathered in a small circle (which I’m sure was unintentional – though it wouldn’t matter any way) and began sharing very positive reviews of the film they’d completely enjoyed. One friend in particular, who I thought would have been a little more critical (especially taking into consideration his views on another film we’d recently seen together) seemed to be thoroughly satisfied.

So, it just goes to show that while great minds may think alike, only fools never differ. Which is really only half of what I’m getting at, but hopefully my point is understood. Inform me if it is not.

Alrighty then… until we meet again, have a better than average day!


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