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Genre: Fantasy/Adventure
Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Marton Csokas, Tim Pigott-Smith, Lindsay Duncan, Geraldine James, Leo Bill, Jemma Powell, Mairi Ella Challen and Mia Wasikowska, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse, Barbara Windsor
Director: Tim Burton
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2010



- The Mad Hatter
- Finding Alice
- Effecting Wonderland




Languages: English/Spanish/
Subtitles: English/Chinese/Thai/
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 1 hr 48 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alice for a fantastical new adventure from Walt Disney Pictures and Tim Burton. Inviting and magical, Alice In Wonderland is an imaginative new twist on one of the most beloved stories of all time. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), now 19 years old, returns to the whimsical world she first entered as a child and embarks on a journey to discover her true destiny. This Wonderland is a world beyond your imagination and unlike anything you’ve seen before. The extraordinary characters you’ve loved come to life richer and more colorful than ever. There’s the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) and more. A triumphant cinematic experience – Alice In Wonderland is an incredible feast for your eyes, ears and heart that will captivate audiences of all sizes.


Even for a guy, I’m sure many of us in our much younger days would have heard of this story of a girl who somehow fell into a rabbit hole and encountered strange talking animals and characters. Even I myself can’t really recall what exactly happen to Alice in the end but that story obviously is Lewis Carroll’s "Alice in Wonderland".

But it doesn’t matter really. With the umpteen reincarnation of Carroll’s work on the big screen, all you need to know that in the latest Tim Burton’s version, Alice (played by newcomer Wia Wasikowska) has grown to be a teenager and yes, gets to fall in the hole again. This time, she must fulfill her destiny by slaying the Jabberwocky, a huge ugly dragon. Only then, the evil red queen (Helena Bonham Carter) can be overthrown and peace be returned.

Burton and screenwriter Linda Woolverton generously reworked much of Carroll’s original work and paints Alice as a woman who amassed incredible strength and courage to overthrown her destiny in a pre-arranged marriage in the high society through her journey and perils in Underland to be exact. But the storytelling strangely isn’t that engaging and lacks the curiosity seen in past Burton’s works, Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish. Off to a slow start, the picture fails to justify the importance of Alice’s presence in a place overrun by walking decks of cards and many other characters including a cheshire cat, a brave little Dormouse, two weird looking overweight twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) with thrills and spills that is oddly conventional and predictable.

The main salvaging aspect here is Burton’s gorgeous visual skill, his version of Underland is incredible Burtonesque right down to the flora, creature designs and costume designs. Burton easily channel his trademark creepy mood to Carroll’s world and with his usual partner-in-crime, the chameleon of the acting industry Mr. Johnny Depp as the trippy, child-like innocent Mad Hatter, it’s definitely a feast for the eyes. And I must say Depp certainly upstages Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway who seems to be sadly miscast for the part of White Queen.

This updated version of "Alice in Wonderland" which combines a hybrid of live-action and CG is nowhere as good as the original 1951’s Disney animated feature. Faithful or not to Carroll’s story, I would have prefer a much inventive version. How about getting Alice fallen into the rabbit hole and turns up in contemporary New York? (I’m sorry that story is in fact taken by "Enchanted"). Why don’t we make Alice an apprentice of the Mad Hatter and defend Underland from their nemesis, the Red Queen? (Unfortunately that sounds awfully similar to the upcoming "The Sorcerer’s Apprentice").

Whichever the case, there’s lot to see down the rabbit hole in this "Alice in Wonderland" though it won’t exactly make you head over heels declaring it wonderful.


Johnny Depp talks and shows his sketches on how his version of The Mad Hatter will look like. It turns out that Burton’s version is very close to his. Thus now you know why both have such a close working relationship. Wia Wasikowska also talks about her character and costume aspects in Finding Alice. The effects artistes and Tim Burton discuss how the hybrid of CG and live-action is done in Effecting Wonderland.


Dark, gloomy colours rule the day as per the style of Tim Burton, the movie looks rather washed-out for most of the duration while the audio on the other hand is dynamic and Danny Elfman’s score is a delight to immerse yourself in.



Review by Linus Tee

Posted on 26 May 2010


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