Alice in Wonderland(2010)
Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd) seems the perfect director to bring Lewis Carrol's trippy children's fantasy to life. A combination of live-action and computer animation is used to tell the story of a young girl named Alice (Australian newcomer Mia Wasikowska), who falls down a rabbit hole into a strange world full of strange characters.... More
Those characters include Johnny Depp (in his sixth collaboration with Burton) as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Little Britain's Matt Lucas as both Tweedledee and Tweedledum and Crispin Glover as Stayne – Knave of Hearts.
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BY Andrew Hedley Flicks Writer
Initial glimpses of this film had us worried about a CGI overload. Luckily, this proves irrelevant once immersed in Wonderland, which is so oddball and wacky that it bears little resemblance to photo-reality anyway. Although traces of recognisable Tim Burton style remain (the twisty foliage gives him away), he extends his visual vocabulary, drawing inspiration from sketches in the original publication.... More
Nothing is too scary for younger children (sans the disembodied heads floating in a castle moat), although the creepy look of strangely proportioned characters may unnerve some. This is, in fact, a more mature adventure – Alice is now about ten years older (it’s her second trip down the rabbit hole) and the theme touches on leaving childhood behind.
The film sags, however, when the plot's momentum falters. Mia Wasikowska’s Alice is an empathetic character, a perfect companion for this trip into lunacy, but her purpose in the story isn’t clear enough. Added to the mix are a forgetful performance from Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, and a gleefully tantrum-prone turn from Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen.
In the end, Burton’s Alice in Wonderland falls somewhere between an interesting, melancholic look at a faded wonderland and a more straightforward Disney blockbuster. The story, whilst awash with visual splendour, doesn’t have the guts to stray too far from formula, leaving the end product more style than substance (or, if the substance is there, it’s lost in a very beautiful wonderland).Hide
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BY AaronG superstar
I'll give it to the film makers for giving a unique take on the Alice story, but it wasn't enough for me to enjoy the film.
The film relied too much on the CG surroundings. Almost all of the performances were dull (especially Alice). Helena Bohman Carter as the Red Queen excluded though.
BY ineedpants grader
This movie suffers from Disney-fication. Would have loved to have seen a much darker Tim Burton version.
I still enjoyed the movie, as I love the Alice In Wonderland story and Tim Burton's take on it. Best character, in my opinion, is Stayne (played by Crispin Glover), as he is a great mix of the orginal Lewis Carroll character style and the Tim Burton character style.
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