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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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Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton)

  • Mar 16, 2011
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I was never really attached to the Disney film as a child, but I still have respect for it, and I still like it to this day. However, I like this movie just as much as the Disney film, even though it isn't spectacular by Disney or Tim Burton standards. Honestly, you'd think Tim Burton and Lewis Carroll would be a match made in heaven right? Well, it is and it isn't. This is one of five movies that I have seen in 3D and may I say this is the best use of 3D in the movies that I have seen (I haven't seen Avatar and I saw How To Train Your Dragon in 2D). I liked this, but I can see how fans of the book and the original film would be disappointed.

I'm not sure what exactly to call this interpretation of the story. It's not exactly a remake because it takes place after the events of the first movie, so I guess I can call it a reimagining/sequel. Anyway, it takes place when Alice is 19 and her mother and sister take her to a party being thrown by her late father's business associate. Little does she know, it is her engagement party. The proposal does happen, but Alice keeps seeing the white rabbit and says that she needs a minute. Cue rabbit hole and adventure into wonderland.

Then the movie transforms into a story about the war between good vs. evil (red vs white) and how Alice has to slay the Jabberwocky to give the White Queen power again. I actually liked this story element added to the movie. It's not just an acid trip, and I found it quite easy to follow while also keeping my interest throughout the movie. I can see why some people would be pissed when they added a story to a movie that isn't supposed to have a story, but I wasn't one of those people. In terms of dialogue, I will admit that the movie was pretty badly written, but the dialogue really wasn't the focus of the movie. All in all, style over substance.

Now onto the obvious. Due to the fact that this is a Tim Burton movie, the cinematography, computer animation, costumes, and general visual style of the film was awesome. This movie got nominated for a ton of technical oscars, and it deserves to be there because you can really see what effort they put into the style. Now let this be said, I am not totally against 3D. In fact, I think that this movie has, out of all five 3D movies I have seen, the best use of 3D and it's what I imagined the immersive 3D in Avatar would be like. I hope this or Inception win best Visuals (because Tron Legacy got snubbed) and I think this has a pretty sure lock on Best Costume Design. Needless to say, the visual style was amazing.

Now, onto the acting. Of course this movie features Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in lead roles, namely the Mad Hatter and the Red Queen respectively, and they both turn in decent, if unmemorable performances. Mia Wasikowska's performance as Alice was rather bland, but she's just like any bland newcomer, hopefully she'll act better in the future. I also thought Anne Hathaway was slightly miscast as the White Queen, but she turned in an average performance as well as Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts. All in all, the acting was nothing special, decent but not great.

All in all, that's what Alice in Wonderland is, good but not great. Like the critics consensus says, it sacrifices the book's minimal narrative coherence and a lot of its heart, but its an undeniable visual treat. The acting is average, the story is pretty good, the script is average, but the visuals are fantastic and I hope those nominations pay off come Oscar time.

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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
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review by . July 08, 2010
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review by . July 19, 2010
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review by . May 17, 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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