It’s almost old-hat to say that the Tim Burton and Johnny Depp duo’s lost its magic touch. Their first collaborations, Ed Wood and Edward Scissorhands, everyone loved. They were both wonderful character studies that showcased both Depp’s acting talent and Burton’s unique style, and everything was pointing towards them becoming one of the seminal acting/directing duos along with Scorsese/DeNiro, Hitchcock/Stewart, and so on. I don’t know what happened after that; obviously the temptation of a fat Disney paycheck was too much to pass up, and apparently Burton has also made some sort of life-long deal with Hot Topic.
For Alice in Wonderland, he’s sucked out every last drop of heart from the original and possibly made the most lifeless, boring film of his career. Practically the whole film is CGI. Everything looks perfect and spotless and therefore lacks any trace of humanity. It looks like a video game. As for Johnny Depp, as odd as his character is, it still feels like he’s just phoning it in, mostly thanks to the many obvious similarities to his Willy Wonka performance. The pale make-up doesn’t help his case, either.