The Bookaholic goes to the movies…

March 21, 2010 § 6 Comments


 (images courtesy of Google)

Is there a full moon tonight? HM asked. Traffic coming home from work had been comparable to a bad video game and he was looking for a reason.

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.

Alice rocks! (Can’t explain this statement or  picture without leading into a “spoiler”) BUT the framework in which Burton places this story works…like a dream!

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§ 6 Responses to The Bookaholic goes to the movies…

  • shoreacres says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it, and doubly glad you came here to say so!

    Mom read Alice to me over and over when I was a kid, and of course we memorized Jabberwocky together. I still can recite just a little of it!

    She’s not able to get to a theatre to see the movie, but we’ll do the DVD when it comes out. As a side note, it’s been interesting to follow the discussions about the quick DVD release. But for us – it’s all good!

  • oh says:

    Dear Shore – Awesome that you’re Mom read it aloud. So much of it is language and quirkiness and fun. And odd. Possibly on several levels, something we can enjoy more as children. And then we get to it as adults. And see other tings in it and about it. I think someone must have read it aloud to Tim Burton, too, as a child.
    Your Mom rocks!And what was her favorite book to share with you when you were little?

  • ds says:

    O frabjous day! You think of that moon the same way (CS & I don’t shorten it; it’s “Cheshire moon” to us)! Am positively dying to see this one: the Depp factor, the Burton factor; even the Helena Bonham Carter factor. And hugely, the Alice factor. Alice, the favorite of favorites, generation upon generation. Come to think, now is the perfect time for another read. You rock!
    “Callooh! Callay!” She chortled in her joy…

  • oh says:

    DS – You know “The Jabberwocky” by heart, don’t you? The sounds and words of it always make me smile, and so, then, did your last line here did, too!..”she chortled in her joy!!!!”

    (So you saw the Cheshire moon a few nights ago, I’ll bet!)

  • Carrie says:

    I too was so glad I had read the book because so many references would have been lost. I really liked TB’s interpretation of the little things, but I still can’t get over one of the last scenes, maybe it was the music choice… come to think of it, I do believe it was that abrupt change that did stand out most, but I thought it to be a terrible choice and it kind of left a bitter taste in my mouth having occurred so close to the end.

    But I would recommend anyone who is a fan of Carroll’s work to see the movie.

    Oh, and the costumes… to die for!

  • jeanie says:

    OK, now I’m thinking I have to reread the book before the movie because really, it has been eons! Nonetheless, it’s good to hear your satisfied revue! I have a feeling this is one I should see in the theatre versus waiting for video — big screen AND 3-d!

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