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Alice in Wonderland

  • 2010
  • PG
  • 108min
  • 52%
  • 6.5 / 10

Nineteen-year-old Alice goes back to the magical world from her adventure during her younger years. There, she reconnects with old friends and learns that her true fate is to stop Red Queen from wreaking havoc on the land.

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Burton's decision to adapt Alice's Adventures in Wonderland into a film came as a way to bring life and color to the story. According to the director, the original book failed to create a connection with him during his younger years. Burton, however, believed that the characters represent an aspect of the human psyche, and he did not want these characters to go intellectually unnoticed. He knew that he could put some framework to the story that is grounded on emotions. Burton focused on “Jabberwock,” a poem in the novel which he described as gibberish, to lay a foundation to the story and expand its narrative.

When asked about his thoughts on other versions of the film, Burton refused to believe that his film adaptation is a remake nor a sequel to other films of the same name. The climax, however, strikes a close resemblance to that of the video game American McGee’s Alice. The landscape, tower, weapons, and appearance of Alice also carry some likelihood with those of the film.

Alice in Wonderland movie review

The fact that Tim Burton’s decision to bring Lewis Carroll’s beloved novels to the big screens made his dream and the dream of a million others a reality cannot be overemphasized. With picturesque visuals, a vibrant cast, and a gripping narrative, Alice in Wonderland has become the embodiment of that whimsical dream that only existed in fantasy geeks’ unrestrained imagination. Thanks to the well-renowned director’s imaginative style, this interpretation of Carroll’s works is easy to embrace and possesses a charming beauty that is quite hard to match.

While Burton’s famously distinct storytelling of Alice in Wonderland is assuredly creative, audiences and critics alike should also take some time to show gratitude to Johnny Depp and Anne Hathaway for their unsubdued talents. As always, moviegoers could count on these two Hollywood megastars to plunge into a project and make things a little more endearing. Playing as Mad Hatter and The White Queen respectively, Depp and Hathaway delivered a performance that proves they are two of the most sought-after stars in Hollywood.

But Depp and Hathaway are not the lead stars of Alice in Wonderland. The titular role landed on Mia Wasikowska's hands, who is known for HBO’s In Treatment (2008-2010) and That Evening Sun (2009). Many might say that Wasikowska’s performance was upstaged by her co-stars, but the Australian actress’ arresting gift of the gab surely made her shine on her own.

Looming above all these performances was that of Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, who, for obvious reasons, was a revelation in this film. Carter, better known for Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech (2010), comfortably and flawlessly exudes an aura of wickedness coupled with sophistication, which is a perfect fit for her character as the Red Queen. Certainly, the actress has clutched a name as one of the most memorable villains in film history.

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Based on Lewis Carroll's Alice Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (1871), Alice in Wonderland (2010) is a dark fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton from a screenplay penned by Linda Woolverton, who wrote Beauty and the Beast (1991), Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993), and The Lion King (1994).  It stars Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, and Mia Wasikowska. The film also features the voices of Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, and Timothy Spall.