Alice in Wonderland
“There is a place like no place on earth”
A beautiful re-imagining of Alice in a quirky, gothic style and I can say I expected nothing less from a film directed by Tim Burton. Each scene of the film is visually pleasing from the Victorian beginnings, to the dream-like world down the rabbit hole.
Tim Burton based his Wonderland on nightmares, using creatures like the Bandersnatch and the Jabberwock which grew from inspiration from John Tenniel’s original illustrations of Wonderland.
The amazing line-up of actors in the film, made sure that it was enjoyable to watch. From Mia Wasikowska as the strong-willed and independent Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as the big-headed red queen, Anne Hathaway as the serene white queen and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Even the cgi characters got the star treatment, with Stephen Fry purring as the Cheshire cat and the unmistakable voice of Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar.
Although at first the visual enhancements of some of the characters were confusing, like the red queens enormous head or, her leader of the guards Stayne’s (played by Crispin Glover) elongated body. I found them a little un-necessary to the story, though they helped with the visual side of the film.
Overall I really enjoyed watching the film, it is something you can watch over and over again and still notice new things, and although the story was different, it still had a few recognizable things from Alice in wonderland. The ‘drink me’ bottle and ‘eat me’ cake still played a part, and the mad hatter was just as mad as we all remember him to be. Maybe it had been changed into a story of good versus evil, to keep with the Disney tradition; it still brings back memories of the books and makes many people wish that they could fall down a rabbit hole.