Wednesday, March 17, 2010

What I Think of: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Alice in Wonderland is a 2010 fantasy movie directed by Tim Burton and is loosely based on the popular children's novel by Lewis Carroll--Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. The film stars Burton's muses Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen; and Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. This story follows Alice, a young 19 year old who was just proposed to, and her adventures as she falls into Underland. Here we encounter most of the characters we meet in Carroll's story. In this story, everyone is looking for the "real" Alice, who is the only one that can slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon controlled by the 'evil' Red Queen, in order to restore power to the 'good' White Queen.

The movie is quite interesting as it adds structure to a book that didn't have much structure. The book chronicles vignettes or episodes of events with these weird and quirky characters. Most of the time not making any sense and somehow or another, the story moves forward with Alice. The movie however, added a plot and obstacles that needed to be conquered. By adding structure to the film, people were still able to enjoy the characters, the visually stunning world of Underland, and avoided confusion (that may have taken place if Burton created a literal translation of the book). The acting was superb, and the world was magical. Everything just worked. The only thing I'll say is I saw this in 3D and not sure if it added anything. Sure it was cool but it lacked the wow factor that you come to expect with 3D. All in all still a great film. Enjoy the trailer:

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