It’s not just easy, but often fun to be the crotchety old bag of creaky bones who constantly complains about how the sudden omnipresence of CGI has a tendency to ruin movies. And to an extent, that’s true — I’d rather see Jasons Statham and Bourne break some faces in whip-cut fashion than watch Gerard Butler go whole hog on a green screen.
But sometimes, it’s actually ridiculously fantastic that we live in an age where a director like James Cameron can bring an entire visually stunning new world to life with computer effects. Moreover, without CGI advancements, we wouldn’t be be on the brink of seeing something like the Tim Burton’s visually orgasmic Alice in Wonderland. The problem isn’t really the technology, it’s that directors too often focus too much of their efforts on computer imagery to the detriment of a good script. It’s what I fear the most about Avatar.
It’s a concern, too, with Burton’s Alice. I love the trailers, and seeing them in 3D at the theater will unravel the threads of your stockings. I’m still not sure about the script, though. The new trailer finally gives us some idea of what the movie is about — Alice returns to Wonderland and is apparently going to war. I hope there’s a way to emotionally connect with the material, because it really does look splendid, and though Burton’s predilection for casting Johnny Depp and his wife can sometimes seem annoying, there’s no denying that they seem perfect for their roles here.
Check out the new trailer, and keep in mind that — in 3D — that cat’s head floats right in front of your face. It’s brilliant.