Welcome back. I finally got to see “Alice in Wonderland” and I am glad I saw it in 3D. I had decided that the only way to see this was to clear the “Avitar” residue from my brain and review it on its own merit. Once again, the always interesting Tim Burton lends his imaginative perspective to a timeless classic. This is the 5th Burton/Depp project and personally, I never tire of it. I was really excited to hear that Mia Wasikowska was going to portray Alice. I first discovered her in the HBO series “In Treatment” and thought she was outstanding – and I predicted it would only be a matter of time before she landed a big role. Hello Big Role. Johnny Depp was Johnny Depp and that’s the way I like him (unintentional KC/Sunshine reference). But my favorite role was played by Helena Bonham Carter (Fight Club, Sweeney Todd). Soon to be married to Tim Burton, she always brings versatility to her roles with haunting engagement. Though an Oscar nominee, she has never won (despite winning several British awards). Alan Rickman is unmistakably good as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar. Overall, I really enjoyed it and may see it again in RD.
Keeping with my usual format, I would like to discuss another, and possibly my favorite, Johnny Depp film. “Finding Neverland” is the story of J.M Barrie’s friendship with a family who inspired him to write “Peter Pan.” With a supporting cast consisting of Kate Winslet, Julie Christie, Rahda Mitchell and Dustin Hoffman, how can you miss? It won an Oscar and another 17 awards with a total of 54 nominations throughout the various academies. It also introduced the world to Freddie Highmore who was so amazing that it landed him the lead in “Charlie and the Chocolate factory”. Much like Mia Wasikowska, I knew this kid was destined to be a star. I think he may have set the record for how much water the eyes can hold. The rest of the kids cast in this movie were also entertaining and quite gifted. I remember being disappointed when Depp lost his Oscar bid to Jamie Foxx’s “Ray”. I’ve watched it several times and will see it again and again. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Thanks again for letting me share. I remain, John