Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

I caught Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland in Disney 3D it was anything I'd expect from a Tim Burton film and Disney film - surreal and family friendly.

The film is loosely based on the Lewis Caroll classics Alice's Adventure in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, but the real imprint on-screen was Burton's handiwork. The combination of 3D graphics and live action make this version of Alice in Wonderland flavorful eye candy.

The story is quite simple (your typical hero's adventure in a strange land) but Burton turns up the "EPIC" several notches higher and channels James Cameron's planet Pandora in creating Wonderland/Underland. The cast of Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp (He's gotta be in any Burton film) as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham-Carter as the Red Queen, and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen all give nice interpretations to the characters. (Gotta love it when the Red Queen screams "Off with her head!")

People who loved the 1951 Disney Alice in Wonderland will be in for a letdown as the update deviates from the original. The initial pre-Wonderland sequences were quite dragging (Victorian England seems to be typecast as a boring period most of the time) and the underlying feminist plot is treading on cliché, but I'm sure folks will appreciate the eccentric imagination that drives the film to enjoyment.

Rating: 3.5/5