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Alice in Wonderland

A 2010 Tim Burton film based on Lewis Carroll's book of the same name.

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Typical Burton

  • May 17, 2010
There's a lot of criticism focusing around Tim Burton at the moment and it's spiked at the release of this film. The major criticisms directed at Burton focus on his lack of any original ideas and the re-casting of the same actors in every film he makes. Johnny Depp is a great actor; I don't think anybody would deny this, but to cast him in almost every movie made by Burton is just insane and has become repetitive to the point it's becoming damaging to Depp's career. He seems now like an actor that could only really portray the "wacky" or eccentric roles, and I would neglect to imagine him playing a serious title role or any sort. Anyway, back to the film... 

19 year old Alice Kingsleigh is a girl in a difficult situation. Haunted by weird dreams and still mourning the loss of her father, Alice is faced with the decision of deciding whether to marry a man she cannot foresee a life with, despite her family's wishes to marry the man in question. Events lead her to find herself falling down a hole, landing her in a place called Underland which is filled with a number of strange people and creatures and turns her perception of her own life upside down. Greeted by Doremouse, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and the white rabbit, she is told that she is the right Alice and that it is her destiny to fight the Red Queen's Jabberwocky on Frabjous day to restore the White Queen to power. 

That is the general gist of the movie plot, but naturally, the story includes the legendary Mad Hatter (Depp) and other wondrous creatures which are lead by a truly brilliant cast. The main cast, both voicing and live action consist of Hatter (Depp), Red Queen (Helena Bonham-Carter), Absolem (Alan Rickman), Tweedledum & Dee (Matt Lucas), White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Nivens McTwisp (Michael Sheen) to name but a few. I would say that the cast are the real saviours of this film as without them, this would have been a bland attempt at re-inventing the Alice's Adventures in Wonderland story. 

I like Burton's work, I really do. Beetlejuice is up there as one of my all time favourites and Edward Scissorhands isn't far behind. But these were new and fresh ideas created solely from the mind of a genius; but his most recent works have simply been gothic reinventions of classic novels or movies we have all heard of at some point. This is where Burton fails in my head as, although I find his style of film making interesting and visually, the films become quite intriguing, it's all the same just with a different plot. It has come to a point where you can safely say to people that when you've seen one Burton movie, you've seen them all. When considering his works over the past decade, that couldn't be more true. 

That aside, I liked this film. It was a simple and easy way to kill a few hours and I have to admit that it was kind of interesting to see Burton's twist on this classic tale, so it's sort of understandable to see exactly why he still manages to release financially successful movies. I would recommend this if you already have the curiosity to see this, or if you have some time to kill; otherwise, if I were you, I just wouldn't bother.
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July 04, 2010
Excellent review, I had a great time at this film on opening night. Of course that may be because I took my little cuz to see it and she had a blast watching it.
May 17, 2010
Good review. I've always felt that Burton (especially with his remakes of old stories, like Sleepy Hollow) focuses all his attention on his unique artistic vision and ignores the story, which causes his movies to be average at best, once you get past the initial visual interest.
May 17, 2010
"But these were new and fresh ideas created solely from the mind of a genius; but his most recent works have simply been gothic reinventions of classic novels or movies we have all heard of at some point. This is where Burton fails..." I couldn't have said it better! Nice work. Did Burton do Sleepy Hollow?
May 17, 2010
He did do Sleepy Hollow.
May 19, 2010
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Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 Tim Burton film staring Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as The Red Queen, Alan Rickman as the Caterpiller, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter.  It is slated for a March 5th 2010 release.

Tim Burton was born to bringAlice in Wonderlandto the big screen. Ironically, his version of the Victorian text plays more likeThe Wizard of Ozthan a Lewis Carroll adaptation. On the day of her engagement party, the 19-year-old Alice (a nicely understated Mia Wasikowska) is lead by a white-gloved rabbit to an alternate reality that looks strangely familiar--she's been dreaming about it since she was 6 years old. Stranded in a hall of doors, she sips from a potion that makes her shrink and nibbles on a cake that makes her grow. Once she gets the balance right, she walks through the door that leads her to Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Matt Lucas), the Dormouse (Barbara Windsor), the Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman), and the Cheshire Cat (a delightful Stephen Fry), who inform her that only she can free them from the wrath of the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter channeling Bette Davis) by slaying the Jabberwocky. To pull off the feat, she teams up with the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp in glam-rock garb), rebel bloodhound Bayard (Timothy Spall), and Red's sweet sister, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway in goth-rock makeup). While Red welcomes Alice with open arms, she plans an execution for the hat-maker when he ...
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Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Action, Adventure
Release Date: March 5, 2010
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
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