Mar 7, 2010

Allison Wonderland 3D Acid Trip Mind Explosion

I saw Alice in Wonderland last night and had a few people ask me if the movie was any good. I've decided when I write up movie reviews for this blog that I'm just going to give the same analysis that I would as if I was giving a breakdown of the movie in person. There are thousands of reviews out there if you really want to know what the movie is about, so I'm just going to chime in with my two cents.

So...uhh...was the movie any good?

Yeah, I thought it was good. The movie was a little predictable, but I thought the acting was decent and the special effects were really psychedelic and trippy, especially in 3D. The lady from Fight Club has a head that's bigger than mine and the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton combo offers the usual dark, twisted, kick-ass perspective as they have done in the past. I'm really starting to like the 3D movies, and even though I've only seen two recently, some of the previews are in 3D as well and it makes any movie look cooler than it would be in its original format. For example, if they were to re-master classic shitty movies in 3D it would make them worth seeing again.

  • Howard the Duck 3D > Howard the Duck.
  • Garbage Pail Kids 3D > Garbage Pail Kids.
  • Troll 2 3D > Troll 2.

Any discussion on Alice in Wonderland is incomplete without bringing up what kind of crazy drugs the author was on when he cooked up this idea for little kids. Here are a few factoids you can bore your co-workers or peers with if you also saw the movie this weekend or get caught discussing it for some reason during the usual Manic Monday ramblings. Charles Dodgson, AKA Lewis Carroll wrote "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in 1865. He was a known opium user, presumably for pain - which subsequently is what the book/movie is about - the effects of opium and hallucinogens on the human mind to explain physics and complicated theories to children. (That's right kids, your latest potential role model, the blue caterpillar that helps Alice discover herself, is toking up on opium out of that hookah). In his defense, opium was legal at the time and Carroll was not on LSD because that became popular way after he kicked the bucket. However, Carroll was also an assumed pedophile.

Exhibit A: The "real" Alice.

Exhibit B: Lewis Carroll and Alice, kissing.

Exhibit C: Rap Phenom, Xzibit.

A bio on Carroll suggests,

We cannot know to what extent sexual urges lay behind Charles's preference for drawing and photographing children in the nude. He contended the preference was entirely aesthetic. But given his emotional attachment to children as well as his aesthetic appreciation of their forms, his assertion that his interest was strictly artistic is naïve. He probably felt more than he dared acknowledge, even to himself.

In summary, Alice in Wonderland was a good movie. Trippy, but worth seeing. 3D movies rock my socks. The dude that wrote Alice in Wonderland was on drugs, but not the hardcore stuff like heroin or LSD. He probably had relations with several little girls. The end.