"Alice in Wonderland"
Fiction/Fantasy and Adaptation. Rated PG. 1 hour, 49 minutes.
Depp stars as the Mad Hatterin Alice in Wonderland.
young girl falls down a rabbit hole and enters a fantastic world
in which she is to play a prominent role.
a Tim Burton movie, so there is the guarantee that the film will
have a visual style that sets it apart from so many others. Alice
in Wonderland didnt disappoint.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska)
is ambushed at an engagement party, which just so happens to be
her engagement party. She flees her potential mate and falls down
a rabbit hole.
In a new, strange world
beneath the earth, she runs into a number of odd characters, many
of whom believe that she has some destiny to fulfill in the Underland.
Alice isnt convinced shes never had much of
a role to play thus far in her brief life.
She is escorted to
a garden party presided over by the Mad Hatter (Depp) who explains
to her that she must slay the wretched Jabberwocky in order to
free the people of Underland from the tyrannical reign of the
Red Queen (Carter). This would allow the White Queen (Anne Hathaway,
channeling Glenda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz) to regain
her rightful position.
As a bewildered Alice,
Wasikowska is adequate, while Depp and Carter chew up the scenery
nicely, as one might expect from the pair.
And what great scenery
it is! Burton creates an amazing Underland, second only in recent
films to the world of Avatar. The animation, costume design and
scenery are all magnificent. For my money, the visual imagery
of almost any Tim Burton movie is worth the price of admission.
But the 3D is unnecessary
, adding very little to the film. If you can shave a buck or two
off the price of admission and see it in 2D, go for it.
Note: This movie
is rated PG, but Im not certain that I would take a child
under the age of 8 to see it.
credit: Walt Disney Pictures
in Wonderland movie poster