Thursday, July 23, 2009

Because the original isn't good enough, you see

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland is looking to be yet another adaptation of the story where everything is GRIM and GRITTY and NIGHTMARISH and totally not aimed at children at all. This and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory led me to believe that Burton has essentially become a caricature of himself, and all his movies have to be over-the-top CREEPY and DEMENTED and TOTALLY AWSM GOTH and full of curlicues. I can't believe someone so brilliant as he would fall into the trap of making an Alice story where it's all THIS IS WHAT REALLY HAPPENED AND ALICE HAS PSYCHOLOGICAL PROBLEMS AND ISN'T IT SCARY AND GRITTY that so many others have fallen into. Even the Disney version is closer to the book than this overproduced mess.

I'm willing to bet Tim Burton looks at Coraline and wishes it was him who made it. That film is everything Burton once was and more.

One of these days we're going to get a faithful adaptation of both books.

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