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12th March 2010

Summary:

A grown-up Alice returns to Wonderland in director Tim Burton's visionary 3D update of Lewis Carroll's classic fantasy adventure.

Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska) is now 19 years old and destined to be married to a rich suitor. When she runs off into the grounds of a Victorian estate at a party thrown in her honour, she once again stumbles down a rabbit hole into the magical world she first discovered as a young girl. But things have changed since Alice's last visit, with the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) having taken over 'Underland'. It's up to Alice to slay the Jabberwock that guards her evil empire and restore peace. Help is at hand in the form of the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), the Caterpillar (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) and the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) as Tim Burton puts his unique twist on one of the most adored stories of all time.

Review:

It is still worth the high price of the 3-D admission to see some of the amazing animation and design, but the writing is extremely boring and clumsy, and the performances cannot save it. Too many liberties were taken with the originals here, and in no way improve upon them, it only barely resembles either of Carroll's books in theme and some specific scenes. There are some "Disney moments" that literally set off a gag reflex as well.

The animation is quite stunning and wonderful though, as is the costuming and set design (in so much as there were sets and not just green screens, I'm sure SOME actual props were used). There are some clever elements that owe only to good visual design and direction I'm sure, as the only other clever bits in the dialogue were the parts directly lifted from the originals.