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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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  • Mar 30, 2010

Once upon time in England there lived a young girl named Alice, Alice Kingsley  now Alice wasn't  like most girls her age  she was a little impetuous and curious. Therefore, one day while roaming around the woods young Alice wanders off into the woods and there she sees a small white rabbit in a waistcoat with a pocket watch, Alice, curious about the strange creature follows him up the hill to an old tree where the rabbit mysteriously vanishes. Alice looks around  for him and during her search finds a  huge hole in the side of the tree, Alice leans in to see if the rabbit is inside  but somehow she falls down the rabbit hole and ends  up in  a mysterious and strange world called Underland. There she meets a host of   bizarre  characters such as The Mad Hatter,  The Cheshire Cat,   The Smoking Caterpillar,  The White Queen  her sister The Red Queen, Tweedledee and Tweedledum and many others. Alice has one of the greatest adventures of her childhood but it comes to end all too soon, when young Alice must return to the bleakness of reality and leave her newfound friends behind.  



Thirteen years pass and Alice, now nineteen is still has the imagination of a child and her aunt does not approve, Alice’s aunt wants her to give up her childish dreams that her father had and embrace the real world. Alice doesn't like this idea and doesn't like the fact that her Aunt always tries to pair her off with a man she doesn't love, or like for that  matter. So during a party Alice notices  a little white rabbit in a waist coat with a pocket watch, little does she know is that it's the same rabbit she saw last time. Alice   gives chase after the rabbit and it leads her to the same rabbit hole she fell down once before and as before Alice accidentally falls. Thus being her return to the magical world of Underland and once again becoming, “Alice in Wonderland".





Tim Burton's update of the classic Lewis Carroll tale "Alice in Wonderland" is an inspired work it embodies everything that makes Burton a master and what makes him a genius at the art of   dark fantasy.  While this  sequel ,or re Imagining, if you would like to call it, is a dark morbid fantasy film that while may lack the  wide eyed child  enthusiasm of the 1951 Walt Disney animated production it still keeps the adventure, the fun and the charm of the original production and book.  What I liked most about it was the dry sense of humor infused into this classic story, but also I like the fact that it does not try to be more than what it is; it does not try to be some audacious   fantasy film. Instead, it settles for an above average Burton film with a lighthearted side, while retaining the amazing visuals and stylish pace that is expected of Tim Burton. "Alice in Wonderland" may not impress everyone but for those who like some visually appealing dark fantasy films with a good-hearted   story to them. 



Mia Wasikowska delivers a very grand and stylish performance as the older Alice she is refined, beautiful, smart, resourceful, spunky and imaginative. But what I like the most about her is her  subtle approach  to the role of Alice Kingsley she doesn't go over the top or under average  she instead settles for a more  grounded and believable performance  that works despite  the  complications  of being a women taking on  the role of a heroine  Wasikowska pulls it off  just fine. Johnny Depp is what you call a chameleon he can tackle any role and take on any type of film and with this, his sixth collaboration with director Tim Burton is not one of their best but definitely one of the more mainstream and enjoyable. Depp is superb in this film, the way he portrays the Hatter is just astounding you would think he is actually the Mad Hatter. Depp is unconventional and it shows here he is the scene-stealer   and in almost every scene he takes home the gold, Depp is a must see in this dream production.   The rest of the cast  including: Crispin Glover, Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry and Helena Bonham Carter  all deliver great supporting performances   in a film that  has the feel of a drug induced hallucination but plays like an old time movie.




"Alice in Wonderland” may not appeal to every single fan of Tim Burton and the classic novel by Lewis Carroll, but it will amaze those who know nothing of the classic story. Tim Burton delivers a wild, trippy adventure that will charm and leave you with a feeling as if you just went a round with LSD. "Alice in Wonderland" is not one of the best of 2010 but it is one of the more inspired movies of the year and if you are forgiving, it will entertain. 

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July 05, 2010
WONDERFUL review, glad someone else liked this film. Every one in this film did a great job but I think Helena Bonham Carter stole the show, Depp of course is great. I may drop a review of this as well.
April 09, 2010
I rarely go to the movies in order to forgive them--unless they are low budget independent flix--then I'll cut them all they slack they need. But when you've got all the budget I'm sure Burton had to work with there isn't any reason for it. I'll wait and see it for free.
April 04, 2010
Great review and I am kinda happy that someone liked it more than I did. This was a visual feast, but certain elements were wanting especially in the development of the story. Thanks for the review!
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review by . May 23, 2012
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*1/2 out of ****    "Alice in Wonderland" is quite possibly the most boring film Tim Burton has ever made. It is so boring - and tedious, and maddening, and flat - that it comes off as an absolute surprise that such a brilliant and visionary filmmaker would have made it. But did Burton really make it? That's what I'm wondering by the time it's over, because this is just a mess. And not a fun mess either. It's one of those good-looking, overly indulgent and just-so-goddamn-stupid …
review by . December 12, 2010
You'd think that Tim Burton and Alice in Wonderland would be a perfect combination right? I actually did like most of what Tim Burton did with the movie, seeing as I was never terribly attached to the Disney one in my childhood, but I can definitely see why fans of the original film may be disappointed.      First of all, I will start with the obvious. The visuals are really pretty and superfun to look at, especially in 3D. I have come to expect this from Tim's movies, …
review by . March 06, 2010
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review by . March 06, 2010
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One year for Chanukah when I was a little girl, my parents bought me a collection of "the classics". Most kids would probably have been disappointed, wishing instead for the new Barbie or video game, but I've always loved to read so I was ecstatic. One of the books in the set had both Through The Looking Glass and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland together under one cover, and it became one of my favorites. I escaped into the stories again and again over the years.       …
review by . March 06, 2010
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Ever see a movie that you can't wait to get back from and tell everyone about? That's THIS movie. Avatar can make that claim for last year, but this one will be held in people's memories until 2011. I just got back from seeing it and I want to tell you all about it. Well, not everything, that's not my style, but if you're wondering if you should go to theater to catch this, I hope I can make you go the rest of the way.      I didn't know what to expect from this movie. I had …
review by . July 08, 2010
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      ALICE IN WONDERLAND   I have to say that I am indeed a fan of Lewis Carroll the person who wrote the stories on which this film was based [yes I said stories as in multiple, it’s true look it up], and am a huge fan of the animated film that we all know and love, CLASSIC. Add in that I am a Tim Burton fan, a Johnny Depp fan [my girl loves him], and a huge Helena Bonham Carter fan [I love her]. So naturally we all got together to see this film opening night …
review by . July 19, 2010
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You know, I don't pay much attention to professional movie reviews so when I read on Twitter that the critics trashed Alice in Wonderland, I was a little surprised. Especially since my 4 year old and I watched it 4 times in a row! Yep, you read that right.   Of course, I love Johnny Depp in everything that he does- he's a chameleon actor and he does not disappoint as the Mad Hatter in this Tim Burton adaptation.  Likewise, Helena Bonham Carter was perfection as …
review by . May 17, 2010
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Typical Burton
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 …
review by . June 07, 2010
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Alright, so I am a HUGE Johnny Depp fan. I loved his collaboration with Burton in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, so I was very excited for Alice in Wonderland. I had heard many things in passing about this movie, so I wasn't expecting it to be a carbon copy of the Disney film. I just watched it last night and I wasn't thrilled.      I thought the cinematography was excellent and I enjoyed the change of storyline. I figured out the "twist" or "new take" …
review by . June 04, 2010
I just went this past weekend with my sister and her boyfriend to see Tim Burtons 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland. I will admit that I went into this moive with ALOT of secptism. I am very familer with Tim Burtons works and I don't really think he has done anything all out amzing since The Nightmare Before Christmas.      So needless to say I went into this movie expecting another horrid spectical like Willy Wonka. By the end of the movie I found myslef eating my own …
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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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