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Alice in Wonderland (2010)


Jeff Nelson

Alice in Wonderland (2010) isn't the quality I expected from this cast and director.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)
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For quite some time now, Tim Burton has directed a few flicks for adults and many for children. He's rather famous for his adaptations of plays and older animated films, such as the original Alice in Wonderland. Burton's style is easily distinguished from other directors because of how he puts a strange twist on everything to make it a bit darker than it's original.

Alice, a 19-year-old, wonders through Underland, where she experiences strange ordeals and people. Alice must complete her destiny as it was written to save Underland from the evil Red Queen and restore order to the kind White Queen. The story is similar to the original animated film, but with some quirks in order to modernize it and make it a bit darker. The screenplay ranges throughout the film from being terrific to horrific dialogue. It's not surprising that the entire film is predictable and has no suspense to it.

Tim Burton reprises some of his frequently used actors. However, Mia Wasikowska plays the role of Alice and is fantastic in doing so. She truly speaks her dialogue perfectly and is able to make her character believable. Johnny Depp performs as the Mad Hatter, who seems to have gotten too much screen time. It's not his best role. Helena Bonham Carter is once again fantastic. She's the Red Queen and is a great actress and it shows in all of her work. Anne Hathaway is the White Queen but doesn't fit her character. Her mannerisms resemble Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, but thankfully she doesn't receive much screen time.

When Tim Burton is directing a film, the visuals and FX are expected to be at least decent. Alice in Wonderland (2010) is no exception. I'm not a fan of CGI, but Burton made Underland looks excellent.

It's marvelous to see Tim Burton back with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter, but it doesn't live up to past Burton films. One element of the film that truly is unnecessary and bothersome is that Burton gave a perfectly dark look to a great final battle. However, the Mad Hatter, and soon Alice, break into dance and it ruins the entire feel and environment that Burton sets up. Alice in Wonderland (2010) isn't the quality I expected from this cast and director, but I continue to hold hope to see another masterpiece from Burton, his cast and crew.

My Rating = Three and One Half Stars

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