Alice in Wonderland (PG)

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Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland'

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Tue Mar 2 2010

Tim Burton

’s part-live action, part-animated, all-3D version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is a collage of characters and episodes from Lewis Carroll’s two nineteenth-century books about a girl who falls into the rabbit hole of her own imagination. But purists beware: Burton and his writer, Disney regular

Linda Woolverton

(‘The Lion King’), invent a quest narrative – Alice must slay the Jabberwocky! – that climaxes in a pedestrian battle for which Alice puts aside dresses and channels Joan of Arc. Moreover, our heroine’s loopy headtrip begins with her fleeing a very public marriage proposal with the twenty-first-century excuse, ‘I need a moment…’

This is a loose, enjoyable and safe spin on the books, with familiar characters doing familiar things within the altered – and digitised – framework of an older Alice (

Mia Wasikowska

) returning underground to find the Red Queen (a fun

Helena Bonham Carter

, actually playing a conflation of the Red Queen and the Queen of Hearts) ruling a depressed land.

The problem with this downtrodden version of Wonderland is that it doesn’t always sit well with the mania of Carroll’s creations, and when we see a brighter flashback of the Red Queen painting roses, we wish we were in that world. Imagine the Cheshire Cat (voiced by

Stephen Fry

), the wise Caterpillar (voiced by

Alan Rickman

) and the Mad Hatter (an underwhelming, repetitive

Johnny Depp

) all doing their thing in the forests of ‘Avatar’s’ Pandora after a long bout of acid rain and you begin to get the picture. Much of the colour has been sucked out and replaced with dark skies and long faces.

Yet much of Carroll’s magical nonsense remains, even if Burton’s film wobbles at the gates of anarchy and ends up being a more average affair than many might expect. It’s also one in which the inventive costumes and individual flights of animated fancy end up being more memorable than the thin characters and half-hearted  3D rendering. As it’s Burton at the helm, you could call it gothic. The less generous might just call it gloomy.

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Moi

Visually a beautiful film. Storywise? Not so much. Rusty acting from pretty much everyone. I thought the combination of Burton and Carroll would be a match made in heaven, but I was disappointed. Sorry Tim, I've lost faith in you.

Olivia

i have forgot to rate this movie the last time so im just rating it now . 5 STAR!!!!!!

Olivia

i have forgot to rate this movie the last time so im just rating it now . 5 STAR!!!!!!

kate

I really loved it My boyfriend and me enjoyed it and the mad hatter was really ausome. i love you babes i love my boyfriend. He actually kissed me in the film. (he actually kissed me in the film)

kate

I really loved it My boyfriend and me enjoyed it and the mad hatter was really ausome. i love you babes i love my boyfriend. He actually kissed me in the film. (he actually kissed me in the film)

kate

I really loved it My boyfriend and me enjoyed it and the mad hatter was really ausome. i love my boyfriend. He actually kissed me in the film. (he actually kissed me in the film)

kate

I really loved it My boyfriend and me enjoyed it and the mad hatter was really ausome. i love my boyfriend. He actually kissed me in the film. (he actually kissed me in the film)

fofoe

i have not seen the film because ash dose not want to go but my friends say its gr8

jade

alice in wonderland was an absoulutley AMAZING FILM i dont know why people are saying are i fell asleep and are it was boring you lot are a bunch of goons you really need to go to speaksavers if you think what you were seeing was rubish you TURD BAGS!!!!! anyway i think it was absoulutley fantastic, a must see film, I LOVED THE MAD HATTER HE WAS AUSOME. and i loved the costumes esspecially alices when she was in the red queens castle love naomi, natasha, jessica who i went to see it with and natasha, BOOGEDY BOOGEDY BOO!!

jade

alice in wonderland was an absoulutley AMAZING FILM i dont know why people are saying are i fell asleep and are it was boring you lot are a bunch of goons you really need to go to speaksavers if you think what you were seeing was rubish you TURD BAGS!!!!! anyway i think it was absoulutley fantastic, a must see film, I LOVED THE MAD HATTER HE WAS AUSOME. and i loved the costumes esspecially alices when she was in the red queens castle love naomi, natasha, jessica who i went to see it with and natasha, BOOGEDY BOOGEDY BOO!!

viv netting

I went to see Alice with an open mind. I haven't seen anything in 3D for a very long time & I absolutely LOVED it! The cat was almost sitting on my lap! It was amazing & well worth the money.

Lynn

Alice in Wonderland is my favouite stort, so really enjoyed the film, although I was very disappointed with the lack of 3D effects throughout. They were minimal and as this was my first 3D film, I was expecting a lot more!

Kate

To be honest, I was little trepidatious in attending this film after the Burton's latest mis-fires and Depp's recent samey acting. In this respect, I was not disappointed. Too much attention was paid to the 'look' of the film ; yes, I know that is a Burton trademark, but it shouldn't put paid to attention in other ares such as decent plot, character development, casting and acting. I am so sick of the same old perfromances being doled out by the same old actors in the same old Burton films. What made the film experience worse was you could see glimmering just ahead the glorious jewel of a film Burton was aiming for but was never going to achieve. Frustrating and disappointing. Wait for it on DVD.

Cappybear

Tedious stuff, despite a number of star turns, with snatches of inaudible dialogue (unless it was me), particularly from Johnny Depp. The IMAX 3-D effects were dire, as well.

doog

i loved it so good it is great for children really fun on 3d and normal

doog

i loved it so good it is great for children really fun on 3d and normal

phoebe

i thought it was very well done and loved it it was amazing it looked like you could pick the flowers and feel all the things in it matt lucas was twidle dee and twidle dum they were so funny and good at the end there is a butterfly and it flys out at you

phoebe

i thought it was very well done and loved it it was amazing it looked like you could pick the flowers and feel all the things in it matt lucas was twidle dee and twidle dum they were so funny and good at the end there is a butterfly and it flys out at you

jo

My boyfriend loved it but I found it quite dull really - pretty, and some parts were well done, but overall the story arc was unconvinving and I just didn't CARE what happened to any of them. The dance by the mad hatter at the end was cringeworthy. Good film for kids.

jon

This was a difficult one as there were elements in it that were great but then some bits were samey and boring. Depp is fine, does his job well. Helena Bonham Carter is her usual quirky self and the cheshire Cat, caterpillar and Tweedle Dum and Dee are interesting if slightly glossed over characters. I have no problems with the story being changed as innovation is key to the progression of cinema. The fact the the storyline didn't make sense i thought was rather keeping with the idea of madness and eccentricity and din't really matter too much. the main issue was the lack of any character in Alice. her performance was somewhat boring and didn't really add anything to the picture. which is a shame as there is a lot of young talent out there. overall not a bad film but nowhere near as engaging as "Up" or "Avatar" in terms of family entertainment.

Kerry

Depp was,as usual, wonderful, whacky & totally believable as a mad mad hatter. Bonham Carter really played the big headed queen to perfection, but the film was badly let down by the boring & almost unlikeable Alice. why oh why was'nt the role given to someone with more charisma? Someone like Jane Horrocks would have been just perfect!

bob

Really boring. I couldn't wait for it to end. Even the 3D could ot keep me interested.

usman khawaja

MALICE IN UNDERWORLD -AND LEWIS CARROL TURNING IN HIS GRAVE - i was expecting a black queen but the there were only red and white -sems like burton is an english fan

Fatcatmark

I went to see the film in 3D and don't really feel that the extra dimension added very much to the experience. I enjoyed the film and found Johnny Depp as watchable as ever but left the cinema feeling a little 2D (ironic, I know). The film is good in parts without ever reaching a real sense of climax, the performances from all the main characters is as strong as you would expect but there was just something missing for me. Perhaps it was because I didn't really find Alice particularly engaging as a character. It's worth seeing but probably won't live too long in the memory as truly great films do.

Philip

Once the novelty of the 3-D gloss has worn off, one soon realises only too acutely all the SFX, all the CGI armies, indeed all the money in the world can`t buy innocence, charm, warmth or heart.

JMOF

This is 'Alice in Disneyland'. It does not become 'Alice in Wonderland' simply by borrowing the characters and inserting them into your familiar 'face your own demons' in a good vs. evil story. It is so boring that I spent time looking at some of the beautiful background landscape rather than the action.

Paul

I saw it in 2D and had a frabjous time, thinking the bandersnatch was pretty fruminous. I liked the twist that had Alice facing the Jabberwocky with the vorpal sword. After the tripe that was Avatar, this was one for the adults to chortle in joy with Charles.

Dicky

Complete pants. I wholly agree with the three reviewers immediately beneath this review. Rambling, disjointed, a complete absence of obvious plot, and entirely reliant on 3d effects. I was bored to tears (and I think I have a high boredom threshold). . For anyone left in the world who doesn’t know it, Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton are long-term partners. So her appearance in this film is inevitable. Tim Burton’s films are becoming very formulaic, and reliant on effects to fill the void of clever story telling. Johnny Depp’s briefly amusing, but insufficiently so to carry this film. Other cameo parts are well played, but again you get the feeling that something’s missing … ah yes … obvious storyline. . It’s not hard to see why this one wasn’t released sooner in order to be included in yesterday’s Oscar nominations/awards. In no way does “Alice� compare with “Up�, or “Avatar�. I think kids would be bored with this one. Like the other three reviews beneath this one, one star.

jules

Embarassing, boring, cringeworthy, tacky, only highlight was the Cheshire Cat really really poor 1 star is generous.

Russell

Depp, as always, is a loyal and enthusiastic collaborator, but I couldn't help thinking whilst watching that Tim Burton might just becoming a bit of a broken record.. it's not that its not a good film and not that it doesn't look good, it's not bad and it looks impressive.. but isn't it all getting a little samey he seems to have wrung all of the essence of Carroll out of the film, santised it, rationalised it and clothed it in his usual slightly self conscious gothic signature styling. It''s worth a look, but I'm not sure who would really love this film.. not Carroll devotees I'm guessing.. so maybe it's more for Burton fans.

steve cooper

in order to entertain my two children [7 & 4] yesterday i decided to take them to see alice in wonderland. As this is a tim burton film i new it would be on the gothic side but we all realy enjoyed the film. It was not scary for the kids and they have been quoting the red queen ever since [i want a pig here!] good alround family film go and enjoy

Ken Edwards

A real disappointment. I was really looking forward to this but the whole thing is hindered greatly by a daft (and boring) screenplay. Very frustratng that Burton didn't simply stick to the original Lewis Carroll version which has all the wonder and humour this version lacked in spades.

Renata

Sorry for my English, I am from Moscow and I live in Russia . Today we were in cinema for watching the premier. Johnny Depp is a main-stone guy, even he is a creasy Mad Hatter. Somebody says before myself, it seems, definitively Johnny has moved from our human real world to world of painted images: Edward Scissorhands – Pirate of the Caribbean – Willy Wonka – Mad Hatter… I am not sure that Johnny Depp is a real person in our world, probably he has abandoned us for life in Wonderland… If he has done it, I wouldn’t be surprised, because Wonderland in 3d format has a beautiful views: strange and funny insects are flying directly to your eyes, in the grass, around you and Alice – you admire a wonderful flowers, giants mushrooms… Even landscape of desert with black and grey trees ( in Red Queen territory) so pleasing, you want see this view more and more time. Young actress – Mia Wasikovska – is a new Gwyneth Paltrow, you will see. The most fair-faced personage is Cheshire Cat, his emerald-green eyes – wow!..The most dramatic personage is a White Rabbit , he demonstrate a great scramble of tensions, he is a Denuded Pulp! Seriously pluses on this movie : the beautiful picture and many new finds of director, this is very high-voltage movie. I think that movie has only one disadvantage: it is very “American� film. But we hope see much more “English spirit� and English humor. As such as book of Carroll.