February 27, 2010

Movies Opening This Week: Crazy, Meet Crazy.

Starting off with the theme of crazy, last week's The Crazies is surprisingly garnering a lot of critical praise, and I mean enough praise to warrant more than 80% on the Rotten Tomatoes Critical Consensus. Also likely to be crazy are the sales for the new John Lloyd-Bea Alonzo movie Miss You Like Crazy. Now that you've probably witnessed the life and times of the man who leveled-up (...not that I have), it can be a bit of a palate-cleanser to see a new Tim Burton movie.

Alice in Wonderland
One would be crazy to write off an Alice in Wonderland remake when someone like Tim Burton is on the helm. Everyone knows the classic Disney flick, as it is what people think are the definitive visual representations of Lewis Carrol's confounding world, so it would be crazy if Disney were to produce something that can be labeled as just a remake.

If you haven't already watched the trailer, you'll see some things that just don't add up to what one would call a remake. Putting the puzzle pieces together would reveal that the movie is actually a bit of sequel, starring Mia Wasikowska as an older Alice who goes back to Wonderland to overthrow the Red Queen (played by Helena Bonham Carter) once and for all in an epic battle.

Since the first concept art was revealed, the movie has gained much buzz for the fitting imagery that was drawn for the film, giving it an overall dark look. Now that the release draws dangerously close, I'm feeling increasingly indifferent. Maybe I'm dulling my expectations just in case the movie disappoints, but it's probably because it's Tim Burton. And with him comes the usual slew of actors: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, the works... thankfully, Mia Wasikowska is a relative unknown and this may well be her big break, and Anne Hathaway is there instead of Alan Rickman (...not that I think Alan Rickman can play the White Witch).

Aside from this movie though, well, it looks like there are more cops this week, but this time, it's set in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn's Finest
Featuring a bit of a relatively respectable ensemble cast, this New York cop drama involves the lives of four policemen, each with his own agenda. They all look pretty adequately three-dimensional, except maybe for Richard Gere's character, but that said, this is a trailer. It's not supposed to show all of a character's dimensions.

I think it looks pretty decent, somewhat complex, a bit gritty, despite that it also reminds me of a TV-movie. If it turns out to be a pretty good drama, good, if it turns out to be disappointing, well, not much of a loss for me.

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