Alice in Wonderland 2010
4/5 Genre: Fantasy
Plummet down a rabbit hole in this bizarre, slightly twisted version of Alice in Wonderland. Directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp (The Mad Hatter), Anne Hathaway (The White Queen), Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice), this enthralling adventure of an impetuous 19 year old, whose destiny it is to slay the dreaded Jabberwocky and rid ‘Underland’ of the raging Red Queen, is sure to impress. But can Alice find out who she really is and face the biggest adventure of her life?
Burton’s dark and quirky themes are evident throughout the film and enhance the entertainment. The effective use of music creates a heroic and magical atmosphere. Carroll’s original surrealism is effectively recreated with good use of scenery and character portrayal with Depp’s Mad Hatter having a particularly edgy feel. The film depicts the topsy-turvy world that Carroll created and the mix of real people and computer animation is very effective.
The surprise element of the original story is ever present and you still find yourself biting your fingernails! By comparison, Disney’s original animated version is not as dark and exciting as the newer version but another Disney classic all the same.
I really enjoyed the film and loved its dark and mysterious undertones. The highlights for me are the gripping story line, the scenery, the music and The Mad Hatter of course! Burton’s spin on Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ was incredible; the best film version yet!