Tim Burton vs. Lewis Carroll
Tim Burton has signed on to direct one of my favorite books into a movie. I greatly respect and admire Burton from his books, cartoons, and movies. The major exception being Charlie and the Chocolate factory, of which I was not particularly fond. That’s worrisome to me because he’s signed on to direct Alice in Wonderland (a 3D version, no less) which seems almost untouchable by anyone.
The way I see it, there can never be one definitive rendition of Alice in Wonderland- only artistic iterations of it (See Here). And while it was great to see Kate Beckinsale play the part, it was only an ‘okay’ interpretation of it. No one, not even Disney’s original can come close to capturing the surreality and complexity of the book for the simple reason that the part of the books raison d’être was an exercise in testing the flexibility and bastardization of the English language.
“The stories are like drugs for children, you know?” Burton said. “It’s like, ‘Whoa, man.’ The imagery, they’ve never quite nailed making it compelling as a full story. So I think it’s an interesting challenge to direct.”
Make it happen, dude. Because Charlie and the Chocolate factory was more like an uncomfortable date at the Ikea store.