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Alice in Wonderland (2010)
It's not C.L. Dodgson's story, it's Burton's.
I have read through many reviews of this movie before I watched it. It seems that critics in general find the story poorly written, as if Burton took the original book and failed to make it into a movie. This certainly is correct to a certain point and if you expect this movie to be an exact transcription of the book, you will be disappointed. I wasn't however. As a matter of fact I have greatly enjoyed watching this movie from the very first to the very last second. And the sole reason for that is that this movie is a classic Burton all the way. It's a story about a picturesque world where dreams and reality blur. It's a story driven by a simple idea of believing in your dreams. And Tim Burton is a man known to be a nine-days wonder in such condition. While I was watching this movie, his dream has become my reality. This man can deliver the most grotesque out-of-the-way scene with nonchalant negligence. You can feel that he couldn't be bothered with realism of the story simply because for him, the story was real. And if you allow it, this dreamy fairy tale can become just as real for you... All you have to do is forget that there was some book written by a guy who called himself Lewis Carrol and let yourself fully immerse into one of the most beautiful portrayals of a dream-scape ever created.
No plot, no action, no thrill... no *everything*
It's completely unbelievable that someone could actually shoot a movie that does not contain anything that makes a movie. There are no characters in the movie. I mean, there obviously are characters in the film, but their problem is they have no character at all. They are all plain dull dummies. They die and you fell no sorrow for them, neither you feel anger towards their killer. You just sit there watching aliens slaughtering the whole city including babies and pregnant women and all you feel is something like: "Hey, that looked cool, maybe he could kill a few more this way". Even more, mankind plays the role of food in this movie, just sitting and waiting to be killed by an alien, rarely trying to run and even more rarely trying to fight back, which results in a complete absence of thrill in this movie. How are you supposed to be worried about someone when you are pretty sure that they will just sit there, then maybe shout a little and then they will be just lying in one bloody mess with a huge hole in their skull? Underneath all this stupid and pointless slaying and murdering lies a plot, which is... even more stupid. The Predator is obviously sent to Earth to clean all the mess and destroy all evidence left by his predecessors - which he ultimately fails. He takes so much time to destroy this and that and after his hard job is done, he skins a cop and lets him hang on the tree so that others could find him. He doesn't even bother to collect his skull as a trophy, which I thought was his normal behavior. Maybe they sent quiet a stupid Predator to match the average population of the town, because the retarded population mentioned above would pose no serious challenge to a skilled man-hunter. Considering this all and many other flaws I don't even bother to mention, this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. The only thing that made me watch it till the very end is that even under such circumstances, the Predator still looks pretty cool and shows us some great looking fight scenes. But even a dozen of mighty Predators would not be able to save this movie so - unless you are a hard-core alien or predator fan - don't waste your time and money on this movie!
Really a great movie, there aren't many parodies of such quality. The authors successfully managed to find the typical catastrophic movie clichés and turn them into unbelievably funny scenes. And that's how good parodies should be made. It's also nice to see how small details are used. Like thunders that sound each time when doctor says some dramatic line. And what I admire are scenes and lines that are completely irrelevant and stupid and yet very funny, it reminds me of Monty Python's. I can't understand how people can just switch off some part of their brain that restricts them from such ideas. All at all, this is one of the greatest comedies of all times that set a standard for others.