Alice In Wonderland – Film Review

(108MIN, CERT PG)

Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Stephen Fry, Crispen Glover, Michael Sheen

We all know the story of Lewis Corroll’s Alice in Wonderland . I thought I did until I watched Tim Burton’s interpretation of the much-loved children’s book.

 Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, is his latest dark and quirky film adaptation. To give Burton some praise, he carries this occurring theme throughout, but at times I was oblivious as to where the plot was heading. I’m not sure what was running through Burton’s potty mind during production, but he somehow managed to turn what was once a simple fairytale into an encyclopedia of information. Saying this is a remake of the Disney classic is untrue to say the least. A different title would have been more appropriate to lessen confusion among audiences. When I was sat in the cinema waiting for the film to start, I expected to see a true-to-heart adaptation of the original, with Burton’s direction an added bonus. I was wrong.

Alice is 19 now, and miraculously happens to accidentally return to wonderland. Seems ironic to say the least, but no-one seemed to question it. What starts as a coming of age adaptation, soon turns into a series of recognisable scenes which are iconic to the original. Alice falling down the hole, Alice growing to grab the key, Alice shrinking to fit through the door. We’ve seen it all before. And yet this is supposed to be a sequel?

The whole of the Disney classic is covered before you’ve even started your popcorn, leaving the bulk of the film reliant on Alice’s fresh adventures. It is still unclear to me what Tm Burton really wanted to do with this film, just as much as Alice not knowing why she returned to wonderland at all. Stick to your own material Burton!

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