Alice in Wonderland Review
Synopsis:Nineteen-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror.
Alice in Wonderland (2010) is an American family fantasy movie filled with adventure, colors and an ample amount of CGI that was overused. The visual style and special effects were pleasing to the eyes although the narrative and coherence are lacking. Alice in Wonderland had an estimated budget of $150 - $200 million and grossed over $1.025 billion worldwide and is the nineteenth highest-grossing film of all time. Director Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands (1990), Corpse Bride (2005), Batman Returns (1992), Ed Wood (1994)) did a fantastic job executing this family movie that I enjoyed watching with my kids. I must admit that it is not a movie that I favor watching more than twice as my children have seen it more than three times. Alice in Wonderland has its blemishes, but they can be overlooked and does not take away from enjoying the film.
Alice in Wonderland revolves around nineteen-year-old Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska - Crimson Peak (2015), Stoker (2013), Jane Eyre (2011)) whose life changes after falling down a rabbit hole. Alice continuously has a strange dream and to make things worse, she is mourning the loss of her father. Alice receives a marriage proposal while attending a garden party at Lord Ascot’s estate. She left the party and followed a rabbit wearing a blue waistcoat, and we all know what happens, yes, she fell into the large rabbit hole. A variety of people, things, animals and flowers greeted Alice upon her arrival in the forest. Alice hears them arguing whether she is the right Alice or not and if she is the one that must slay the Red Queen’s Jabberwocky so that the White Queen’s power can be restored.
Alice learns that she is the only one who can restore the White Queen’s (Anne Hathaway - Les Miserables (2012), Rachel Getting Married (2008), The Dark Knight Rises (2012), The Devil Wears Prada (2006)) power. Alice is the only one who can slay the a dragon-like creature that is named Jabberwocky and is controlled by the Red Queen. The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter - Fight Club (1999), The King’s Speech (2010), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)) uses the Jabberwocky to terrorize Wonderland’s inhabitants. The Red Queen learns of Alice and summons her soldiers and Bayard the Bloodhound to find Alice. It is a great movie that I enjoyed with my children immensely and will recommend it to other families to watch. The movie contains violence and one scene towards the end of the film that young children might be afraid, but if they saw Maleficent (2014), then this movie will be a breeze for them.
With all said, the beautiful, excellent performances from the actors did not save the poor screenplay. All of the departments that worked together to put this movie together did a fantastic job except for the writer who snoozed. The screenplay may be a disappointment, but the movie is worth seeing for everything it has to offer. It is simply beautiful.
About Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Original Title: Alice, Alice in Wonderland: An IMAX 3D Experience
Runtime: 108 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Total Avg. Votes: 16
Writers: Linda Woolverton, Lewis Carroll
Director: Tim Burton