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On Leaving Wonderland

Okay, so I just saw Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I’m sure a lot of people are going to be frustrated with the artistic liberty taken with the script, but I did end up enjoying the movie. Visually, it was pretty stunning. The 3D wasn’t entirely necessary, but I won’t complain. It definitely didn’t strain my eyes like some others have (I’m looking at you, Coraline).

Seriously, how could you go wrong with the beautiful imagery?

But that’s not the point of this post. There was a line in the movie that really struck me.

From what I remember (and several Google searches semi-confirming), the quotation is unique to this movie—not the book. If anyone knows the exact line, please let me know, but this was the general gist:

[Alice is about to leave Wonderland]

Mad Hatter: You could stay here, you know.

Alice: I wish I could. But there are questions I have to answer. [Pause] And things I’m late for doing.

My memory is terrible, but that sentiment sums up some of the reasons I’ve already said are my reasons for leaving. I think Alice in Wonderland generally has some good travel cred, and the screenplay by Linda Woolverton didn’t necessarily disappoint.

Oh, and as a bonus—here’s a Craigslist personal ad that came up when I was searching for the screenplay:

Craigslist Ad: Alice in Wonderland

Looking for… someone to enjoy a Sunday roast with?

  1. beersNbananas says:

    Aw, don't hate on “Coraline”! That's my jam!

    Really wasn't planning on seeing “Alice,” but I'm slightly intrigued. Did you see it in 3-D?

  2. cailin says:

    I saw Alice in Wonderland last night!
    I love the quote you picked and just loved the confusing way they spoke altogether – however I was convinced at some point that something was going to “happen” between Alice & the Mad Hatter – did anyone else pick up on that? haha

    The Mad Hatter: Have I gone mad?
    [Alice checks Hatter's temperature]
    Alice Kingsley: I'm afraid so. You're entirely bonkers. But I'll tell you a secret. All the best people are.

  3. Adam says:

    Okay Okay!

    I actually liked Coraline, I just think the 3D effects weren't so swell for it.

    Saw Alice in 3D and I liked it. The effects weren't over the top or intrusive, but they weren't entirely necessary either.

  4. Adam says:

    Yeah, my friend and I were totally convinced Alice & the Mad Hatter were gonna jump on each other!

  5. Lindsay says:

    I really like the comment! I feel like I've spent a lot of time so far on my trip trying to answer questions I didn't have time to really think about before. It's so refreshing to not have any pressure to make a decision about everything in life, I have time to really ponder all possibilities!

  6. Adam says:

    That sounds so wonderful! I can't wait to be able to sit & remain calm – thinking about the things I want to be thinking about.

  7. Mike says:

    There was definitely some liberty taken with the film, but I really enjoyed it. Didn't get to see it in 3D though.

  8. Adam says:

    Yeah, in the end, it was definitely an enjoyable film. The 3D was just an added bonus but I think the beautiful imagery shone through just as well with or without.

  9. Thalia says:

    Sunday roast AND Alice in Wonderland? I’M THERE!

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