7 March 2010
Wow! Wonderus Alice Already Usurps Avatar
At the very end of 2009 a massive deal was made about the first full-3D live-action movie, Avatar. It's a decent romp but the 3D and graphical effects contribute a lot to making it enjoyable. Now barely 3 months later, the genius of Tim Burton brings a full 3D film to life with much better effects and imagination (think seriously heavy trip), plus previously absent things like a script and reasonable acting. To quote Stephen Colbert (talking 'Empire State of Mind' as the new king compared to the previous top dog 'New York, New York'), "you can take that thing [Avatar] and throw it in the trash". Avatar is not a great movie by any means. It is entertaining primarily due to its stunning visuals and unique technology. It has been truly bested on all levels by Alice In Wonderland. The only tiny issue is a personal one, as near the beginning of the film other characters question 'who is Alice?' and I kept having a non-PG lyric running through my head... Anyway, it is stunning and why Disney would want this be released on DVD in 12 weeks and so prevent it being on the big screen (and not in Odeons!) for less than the normal 17 week run is baffling, it would not be as much of a must-see in normal 2D (although still probably a little bit better than 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus').