Burton's visually stunning flick combines Lewis Carroll's novels of Wonderland with his poem "The Jabberwocky" to tell the tale of an older Alice (Wasikowska). Now 19 years old and resisting an arranged marriage to an upper-class twit, Alice flees her engagement party and once again falls down the rabbit hole. She's reunited with her old friends the Mad Hatter (Depp) and the White Queen (Hathaway), as well as her old enemy the Red Queen (Bonham-Carter). The climactic battle scene seems forced and cribbed from other recent fantasy epics, but the characters retain their demented quirkiness. The movie was not actually shot in 3-D, which makes its release in this format (with sub-par results) seem curiouser and curiouser.
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is less an adaptation of the beloved Lewis Carroll classic than it is a pseudo-sequel. That’s not to say that it doesn’t follow the original’s storyline, it’s echoed throughout the movie. The film’s characters have an unmistakable Burton flair and are initially a ...Read More
Colorful Burton Wonderland criddic2 at 2010-09-26 04:15:01
Tim Burton always knows how to create colorful, interesting universes to populate his characters, and this is no exception. However, this time he delivers less than a masterpiece. The characters are zany but many without purpose, and the continuation concept is clever but unnecessary. In this case, it may have been preferable for Burton to just re-adapt the book.