Burton’s trippy WONDERLAND

by Marge Henstridge

Have you ever had a reoccurring dream only to find out that it was not a dream at all? Based on the book by Lewis Carol, Tim Burton’s version of Alice in Wonderland (2010) enchants and captivates audiences of all ages.

Meet Alice Kingsley (Mia Wasikowska), a 19 year old easily distracted girl who falls down the rabbit hole after following the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen). It had been 13 years since she had last come to Wonderland and her memory did not serve her well. While every magical creature was confused to see her and doubted that she was in fact Alice, there was one character who was ecstatically happy to see her: the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp, Pirates of the Caribbean, Edward Scissor Hands). The Hatter truly believes she is the “right” Alice and leads her on to her destiny: Frapgius Day. Along the way Alice encounters the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter, Corpse Bride, Harry Potter and the order of the Phoenix) who is at war with her sister the White Queen (Anne Hathaway, Princess Diaries, The Devil Wears Prada) and Alice must help the creatures by restoring peace and the crown to the rightful queen.

While most of us know the story of Alice, everyone seemed mesmerized by the magical world Tim Burton (Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands) has created. With bright colours surrounding every possible character and an extreme attention to detail, Burton makes us feel like we are part of this magical world. If you want to take part in the experience, I suggest you go see it in 3D. Just imagine beautifully animated creatures at arm’s length.

Now imagine Johnny Depp on LSD… that’s exactly what his role as the Mad Hatter seems like. His ability to portray multiple personalities within one character makes us want to be right there with him (who wouldn’t?). Alice, on the other hand, was so different in comparison to the Hatter that with her fair skin and tangled mess of blonde hair, she seemed to melt into the backdrop on several occasions. The addition of animated creatures, some cuddly and some scary, made this movie bring some of us back to our childhood.

Beware if you are not familiar with Tim Burton’s imagery because you will most likely not enjoy your Wonderland experience. But all in all, Alice in Wonderland was a movie that was well-worth waiting for.


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