Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I have a confession:

I'm not excited about the new Alice in Wonderland movie.

When I try to write up my reasons, they just sound whiny and very 1997, so I won't elaborate. It's something along the lines of how you "discover" something and think you're the only one, or maybe not the only one but one of few who really enjoy it, and that's part of the specialness. Like a band, or a dive bar. And then some giant marketing force comes across and not only mainstreams, but oversells the heck out of it. Suddenly you can't even get into the concert or bar or coffee shop or whatever, let alone enjoy it how you used to. And while you're happy to see the success, something is lost in that popularity. I'm not saying I was the only one who knew about a book that's been out since 1865. And I genuinely like Burton-esque aesthetics. But something about 3-D, a million advertising tie-ins, and merchandising that began months before the movie was released just zap all the fun out of it for me.

See, whiny. Angst-y. I just can't articulate the feelings correctly.

Have you seen it? Should I go?


Brooke said...

My main quibble is the title- I wish he'd given it something different to indicate the movie is different. It's NOT Alice in Wonderland, it's something else based on Alice in Wonderland.

Alison said...

I have no interest in it either. For less serious reasons then your own though. :)