“Alice in Wonderland” movie review

March 4, 2010

Editor Melissa saw “Alice in Wonderland” in 3D and fell in love with Johnny Depp all over again.

What’s it about?

It is hard to believe that Lewis Caroll’s books “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” was written 150 years ago because the story is as enchanting as ever. It is the perfect example of what our imaginations are capable of – talking rabbits, smoking caterpillars and an army of playing cards.

Tim Burton’s latest adaption of the classic tale could be called more of a “sequel”. It picks up several years down the track when a 19-year-old Alice makes a dramatic return to the fantasy land she visited as a child. She is running away from her own problems on land but down the rabbit hole far more serious issues are afoot. The Red Queen has taken over and everyone fears for their life. It’s up to Alice to help this curious world thrive again.

The amazing cast

It is an all-star English cast including Johnny Depp who plays the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter who plays the Red Queen, Aussie new-comber Mia Wasikowska who plays Alice, Anne Hathaway who plays the White Queen, Alan Rickman who plays Tweedledee and Tweedledum and Stephen Fry plays the Cheshire Cat.

The review

I really enjoyed this film and that’s not something I usually say about Tim Burton movies. Yes, it’s a little crazy. Yes, it’s a little dark. Yes, Alice looks so pale in some scenes she looks ill. But none of these things are enough to put you off.

I got an overriding sense of joy from watching this movie. The 3D is used effectively (especially when Alice falls down the rabbit hole) and the cast put in a stellar performance.

Helena is amazing as the Red Queen – apart from being extremely mean and funny, she is also rather vulnerable. You know she is only acting in a heinous way because she feels unloved and rejected. There are some great comments to watch out for about her “huge head” too!

Mia Wasikowska is wonderful as the ethereal Alice but I couldn’t stop thinking how much she reminded me of Claire Danes!

Johnny Depp is his ever-charming self as the Mad Hatter. He plays this lonely character so carefully that you end up feeling really sad for this funny, old man who has lost his mind. He has great chemistry with Mia too which makes for an interesting “love” twist.

I thought Tim Burton could have made better use of the crazy Cheshire Cat – it feels like this character was lost for the sake of the Mad Hatter. I also felt the score lacked any real oopmf but all-in-all this is a exciting film for both adults and children. It certainly made me feel warm and fuzzy inside like only a good fairytale can. The costuming, set design and make-up are truly amazing. And, for those who like a score, I give it 8 out of 10.

See the trailer here!

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