By Ameesh Shah
Well, yesterday I got a chance to see an early screening of the Alice movie at the El Captain Theater.
It's a great theater, with the organ playing as you seat, it's a Disney based theater where only Disney movies are shown. If you end up going to the diner on the right. The Disney's Ghirardelli shake shop. You will find that those dishes can be brought in. I watched this movie in 3D at the El Captain. I watched it in the smack dab center and concluded that because of the screen being kind of narrow for my immersion of 3D I should have sat closer to the screen. The screen should when at its full preview be at the edge of your eyes; that is what I needed to say about that medium. Yes, 3D is a medium to watch a movie, as a canvas and a wall of are two different mediums to paint on. The texture is different, so it makes for a different experience. Beyond that, it is not much different.
Well now that I have said my piece on 3d. On to the Review of Alice. Which I rate 4.7 out of 5 only in because of the ending.
The movie is well shot, great visuals and great CGI. I felt truly immersed. It's a simple story of Alice finding out that you have to make the most of how much time gives you. And to not let your pride keep you from truly knowing those that love you. Yet that sometimes standing your ground is not falsified to do so. For some time, there is a reason one must go through difficulties to learn. While some have to have it, bluntly put on their face before they admit their faults.
So Alice through the looking glass. Is much better than the first one. For one, there is a stronger plot. We come in, and Alice is a ship Captain, her strongest remark during an escape from pirates, over shallow waters; is that nothing is impossible to her. After sailing around she finally returns home, to find her associate passed and his son now the employ of the business. Through his underhanded deeds, he has convinced her mother to sell the house to keep her place, and then to sell Alice's ship since Alice was 2 years late on her return. Giving her mom, Shaimish the doubt that she might actually be dead. So with that alice gets angry at her mom and then at time itself. She finds herself lost and then her butterfly finds her (Alan Rickman). Together they find themselves in a room with a mirror (the looking glass) where you can walk through. There she finds herself back in wonderland and on a quest to rescue mad hatter who now is sick because he found a hat that shouldn't exist, so he believes now that his family that once thought to be dead might still be alive. It seems the Hatter is dying because no one appears to believe in him. Though everyone including Alice appears to be oblivious to this ailment deduction. Anyways Alice udders the one word she exclaimed she hated hearing, and that was the word impossible. From there on begins a quest to remind Alice that nothing is impossible. Including heading back in time. Though changing the past can't happen unless the cause of the problem of the past is revealed.
From here on out there are spoilers.
Alice meets up with her gang, the mouse, the hound dog, brown rabbit, and the white rabbit, twiddle dee and twiddle dum, and the white queen. They chat and eventually come to the conclusion Alice needs to go through time and must retrieve the Chrono-Sphere. (Time-sphere). Though only she can do it, since one from the past must never see your future self.
Alice meets Time for the first time. And begins to see things from a new perspective. Though she is still locked in her past notion that Time takes. She then asks for the use of his Chrono-Sphere and then when denied she starts to complain. Time finally puts her down and says you should not go to the past, but you could learn a lot from it. She then is escorted out, and would have left the red queen didn't appear, her red palms pushed Alice to retrieve the sphere before the red queen could seduce time into handing it over.
When she does retrieve it, the main clock and time himself start to break down. She heads strongly voyages forward through time to be knocked off course to a time before the disappearance of Mad Hatter's Family. Here she finds the cause of Mad Hatters split from his family and the cause of the red queen's anger in which the white queen might had a doing in herself. Then Alice had a different idea and headed even further to the past, why not fix the red queen, and in hopes fix it all. What she finds, is what truly wedge the issues that split his the Hatters up. Also that no one can truly fix what was meant to happen. So off she heads back to the future to rescue the Hatters from the jabber walkie. Hear she discovers the red queens past plot. She runs to the present to wake up Mad Hatter and then the team storm the red queens fort retrieve the family hand to only lose the chrono-sphere to the red queen. Red Queen grabs the white queen, Alice jumps on, then they go back in time. The Red Queen once and for all wants to prove and undue what the white queen had done. When the queens are finally the door where it all started, the red queen looks at the white queen and asks why can't you admit your wrong here, and finally tell the truth. Even then the white queen could not admit her deceit. That last straw made the red queen open the door and in that second the world stopped, and the red queens rusted. It is then that the world began to rust, and Alice made it back with the second time machine and retrieved the queens and off to the future they high tail it. As time now is rusting. It is chaos of rust until Alice places the sphere back in it spot and the whole world resets. It is at this point that The red queen just looks at the white queen and says I wish someone loved me. The white queen said: "I do love you," The red queen says: "as if." IF you did, you'd admit your lie. At that moment, it took all the will power she had and finally the white queen broke down and said: "yes I am sorry I lied." The red queen looked at her and said: "that is all I wanted to hear." During this moment, Alice is talking to time and finally seeing that time wasn't a thief but a giver. She gave up her dad's watch and said it is her time to let go of the past and catch what she still has. She says he thank you to Mad Hatter and says goodbye to her friends and then heads back to the real world to rescue her mom from a bad business deal. It ends with the mom and daughter getting ready to have their own adventures.
I only wish the red queens head shrunk after the white queen finally admitted her lie, and that she to had too much pride.
This has been an Ameesh Shah review for Ronin News.