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Alice in Wonderland: Movie Review



Genre:
Adventure, Family
Rated: PG
Directed by: Tim Burton
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Anne Hathaway
Released by: Walt Disney Pictures

In Short: Director Tim Burton’s take on the classic tale of Alice, the girl who went down the rabbit hole to Wonderland, is a cinematic delight.

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Almost 150 years since Lewis Carroll invented the classic tale of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and then followed it up with “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There,” film director Tim Burton has made Alice’s story come to life once again. Burton, whose unique visions have brought us everything from “Beetle Juice” and “Edward Scissorhands” to “Sleepy Hollow” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” now re-invents Carroll’s fantasy of “Alice in Wonderland” into an eye-poppingly wonderful film.

It certainly helps that Burton has a unique cinematic point of view, aided by his regular crew of favorite actors. Johnny Depp happily comes along for the ride as the Mad Hatter, and Burton’s real-life partner, Helena Bonham Carter, is priceless as the huge-headed Red Queen. Throw in eccentric Crispin Glover as the Queen’s right-hand henchman, a freakily blonde Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, and perfectly cast newcomer Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and you’ve got a recipe for tons of oddball fun. Then add in a variety of crazy talking creatures including the White Rabbit, the March Hare, the Cheshire Cat, and even the Jabberwocky, and result is a true delight.

Michael Sheen as the White Rabbit in Alice in Wonderland Helena Bonham Carter in Alice in Wonderland

This time, Alice is all grown up, a 19-year-old whose life has come to a crisis, as an extremely unattractive but very rich nobleman has asked for her hand in marriage. Instead of agreeing to the arranged marriage, Alice runs off after the White Rabbit, and tumbles down the rabbit hole, and begins what turns out to be her second adventure in Wonderland.

It’s an inspired conceit, one that Burton follows up with astonishing visuals, exciting adventure sequences, and surprisingly tender moments, resulting in a rollicking ride that’s appropriate for kids of just about any age.

It’s even more exciting in IMAX and 3-D, so take that option if possible. If not, you’re still sure to enjoy this trip down the rabbit hole, Tim Burton style.






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