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Tim Burton's Alice in WonderlandTitle: Alice in Wonderland
Year Released: 2010
Director: Tim Burton
Genre: Fantasy / Adventure
Rated: PG

Basic Plot:

Based on the classic books Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland takes place thirteen years after Alice last went down the rabbit hole. As a young woman, she still dreams about Wonderland, and she is expected to wed a man who she has no desire to be with. At her engagement party, she spots the White Rabbit and follows him back down to Wonderland, where she discovers that things are not as she left them.

Things I Liked:

  • I liked the fact that Tim Burton expanded on the original story while still staying true to it. Aside from a few minor aesthetic differences, everything in Wonderland was pretty much the same as it was described in Carroll's books, at least from what I can remember. Alice in Wonderland is a story that has been rehashed over and over again, so it was a nice change of pace to experience a new story set in the same world.


  • I adored the March Hare! I love that he was just completely insane, constantly twitching and seeming like a million things were running through his head. I also loved how the other characters had grown accustomed to ducking when he randomly threw dishes or cups at their heads. :P


  • The acting was great. Helena Bonham-Carter was the perfect choice for the haughty yet insecure Red Queen, Anne Hathaway was gorgeous and charming as the White Queen, Crispin Glover made a wonderfully villainous Knave of Hearts, and Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar might just be one of the best casting choices ever.


  • It looked stunning. Tim Burton has a distinct visual style, and he was pretty much able to run away with it in Alice in Wonderland. I loved that some parts of Wonderland were colorful and whimsical while others were desolate and almost nightmarish. Tim Burton does a great job of creating both types of scenery.


Things I Disliked:

  • Johnny Depp's performance was kind of all over the place. He channeled both Jack Sparrow and Willy Wonka at times, which just made his portrayal of the Mad Hatter seem like a mixture of recycled gimmicks. His character wasn't as endearing or original or even as quirky as I would have liked him to be. I usually love Johnny Depp, but I just wasn't feeling his performance in this film.


  • I would have been more than okay without the dance scene.


Overall Rating and Comments:

8.5/10

I loved it! It's a great follow-up to the original story. The visual effects are unlike any I've seen before while at the same time being very Tim Burton-ish. I will definitely buy it on Blu-ray when it comes out!
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