Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Have you any idea why a raven is like a writing desk?

— The Mad Hatter

It’s been awhile seen I reviewed a movie, but it’s nice to get back to the swing of things with Tim Burton’s take of Alice in Wonderland. There had been many iterations of this movie for almost a hundred years. Now, modern audiences have a 3D extravaganza that is tearing up the box office. I did not see this movie in 3D. It was a good thing I did, because this movie would more unbearable to watch.

This movie is a continuation of the original story by Lewis Carroll; Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is now nineteen-years-old. She has strange dreams from her time in Wonderland, but her father Charles Kingsleigh (Marton Csokas) dismissed them as such until the day he died. He left Alice and his wife, Helen (Lindsay Duncan) virtually penniless.

The two arrive at the house of Lord and Lady Ascot (Tim Pigott-Smith, Geraldine James) for what it seems like a social gathering. It turns that their son, Hamish (Leo Bill) is going to ask Alice to marry him. Alice thinks that she cannot possibly marry a man that she doesn’t love. Throughout the day, she thought that she saw a rabbit with a top coat. She decides to follow it instead and fall into the seemingly endless rabbit hole.

Alice believes that she is dreaming the whole time that she is in Wonderland. There are voices asking if this was the same Alice that came thirteen years ago. Looking around this seemingly unfamiliar place, Alice meets up with the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Tweedledee, Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Dormouse (Barbara Windsor) and other strange creatures of Wonderland, who are trying to figure out if they found the right Alice.

They take her to the Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) that is smoking a hookah is trying to test her to see that she is the same Alice as before. If she was, she needs to find the inner strength she had when she was six to fulfill a prophecy for a chose warrior to help defeat Jabberwocky (Christopher Lee), a dragon that belongs to The Red Queen (Helena Bonham-Carter) who usurped his sister, The White Queen’s (Anne Hathaway) kingdom shortly after Alice left.

The Knave of Hearts (Crispin Glover) and the Red Army try to capture the group with a white monster called a Bandersnatch, but Dormouse plucked out one of its eyeballs to allow Alice to escape deeper into the woods. The Knave of Hearts retrieved the scroll and brings it back with the Tweedles back to the Red Queen. He tells her about the prophecy. The Red Queen wants to find Alice before the prophecy can be fulfilled.

Wondering through the forest alone, Alice meets the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) that convinces her to follow the sly cat to the place with the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is at with the March Hare (Paul Whitehouse) having another tea party. The Mad Hatter is delighted to see Alice and is also there to protect her when the Knave of Hearts tries to find her again. He is captured and taken to the Red Queen’s castle. Now, Alice has to find a way to break her friends free and defeat the Jabberwocky.

I don’t know what is up with Tim Burton remaking, re-imagining, reinterpreting classic children’s books or movies, but he needs to stop it. Just because you put your own Tim Burtonesque spin on it doesn’t make it good. It was boring. I didn’t care for Alice who was stoic the whole movie. The Red Queen screaming “Off with his/her/their head(s)!” every five minutes. The White Queen acted like she was high off ecstasy. The Mad Hatter was supposed to be a mood ring, but he was blue in my eyes. Neutral. Nothing. The Tweedles were just there. The only characters I liked where the Cheshire Cat and the Blue Caterpillar. What the fuck is with that ending?

Judgment: I didn’t care for this movie at all. Watch the animated classic film instead.

Rating: **

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Posted on March 12, 2010, in 2010, Academy Award Winner, Adventure, Family, Fantasy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Every trailer Hathaway was in it looked like she was on ecstasy.

  2. mcarteratthemovies

    Actually, I really liked what Anne Hathaway did with the part. She gave some dark, almost sinister energy to a very flighty character. On the flip side, I thought Helena Bonham Carter gave some humanity to a villain.

    Some other things that kept me hanging in: the visuals (in 2D, NOT 3D), Alan Rickman as the Blue Caterpillar, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat.

  3. I like what Owen Gleiberman from EW said about Anne Hathaway, “Anne Hathaway, made up for some reason to look like the Italian porn-star politician La Cicciolina” makes me laugh because its true, and it doesn’t help that she was acting like a total fairy, and not in a good way

    • I have no idea who La Cicciolina is, but I would take Owen’s word for it. I thought that Tim Burton give her some ‘shrooms.

  4. I liked the character depictions actually and I found it thoroughly entertaining.

    I do agree that Burton should start from scratch again. I miss his originals.

    And the ending was very anticlimactic but in general I found it really enjoyable, just more so geared towards children.

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