Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Alice in Wonderland is the newest version of Lewis Carroll’s tale through the eyes of the only man who could do this material justice, Tim Burton (Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish). The story is the basic story we all know, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is a daydreamer whose mind thinks about the impossible rather than the practicalities of fancy sophistication. She follows a mysterious white rabbit (Martin Sheen) with a pocket watch down a rabbit hole and enters a world full of wonder and awe. When she arrives, she is told that she is “the Alice” featured on a scroll telling the prophecy of the one who will kill the Red Queen’s dreaded Jabberwocky. Several of the strange and wonderous creatures in Underland have their doubts that this Alice is “the Alice” but along the way she meets the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), the Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) and a set of fat twins (Matt Lucus) who aid Alice on her quest to defeat the evil Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and her army of cards.
Just as Burton did with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he got the source material and tried to recreate it best he could as many of the precious versions failed to do. If you are a fan of the Disney version of Alice in Wonderland, you will notice the Jabberwocky is missing, but Burton recreates the story wonderfully. Just as with most of Burton’s films, this feature is visually stunning and everything you see has some bit of Hollywood surrounding it. Some might say it lacks the heart and story that previous versions had, and I might agree at some parts, but it is not without the Burton charm. The all-star cast also piles on the lovability of this film. Not to mention this film is family friendly even with the added violence towards the end. Any fan of Burton should see this film and take it in for the eye candy it is! Co-starring Crispin Glover and Barbara Windsor.
8/10 Stars – The visuals and adventure take away from any possible flaws it may have elsewhere.
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