The Bookaholic goes to the movies…
March 21, 2010 § 6 Comments
No, just a Ches moon, Nor said.
What’s that? he asked.
You know, from “Alice.” The cat’s smile. The moon looks like the Cheshire cat’s smile. Mom and I have tagged it a “Ches” moon.
Ah, he said and went to the back door and stuck his head out, and returned to say “Yup, that’s exactly what it is.” Though disappointed there was no full moon to blame for traffic’s bad behavior, he was nevertheless intrigued by our labeling of a crescent moon set on its side, turning it into a grin.
We saw Tim Burton’s movie recently.
And I liked it.
I’m glad I saw it as a person who read the “Alice” books and read and still love Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky.”
Because without some even paltry knowledge of all the characters, Burton’s version will look like a dumping ground of contrivance.
It is not.
Neither is it by any means a just-for-kids movie.
In fact, I’m not sure what kids think of it, not being surrounded by “littles” these days.
Maybe it’s the 3D attraction that brings all ages.
Maybe it’s the Depp factor that brings crowds (and I applaud Deppagain for not going mainstream and also for saying in a BBC interview that he would not do a romantic comedy, that he just couldn’t.)
Maybe it’s the hope for something new out of something old and classic. And that’s just what the movie delivers.
But if you aren’t familiar with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and if you’ve never heard of a Bandersnatch or The Jabberwock, well, this won’t be nearly as much fun and you might think it all too dark.
But then you can just look into the Mad Hatter’s huge yellow eyes and feel the ridiculous wonderful magic of it all. You may even cease to think of him as mad.
Sure it’s my POV that the original stories count. Yes, you can go and be entertained without them, but to go deeper, you need the literary background on this one for it to “work” and for you to be delighted. Because if you have it, you will be.