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Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

March 14, 2010

Director: Tim Burton 
Writers: Linda Woolverton 
Based on the Novel by: Lewis Carroll
Producers:  Richard D. Zanuck/Joe Roth/Suzanne Todd/Jennifer Todd
Johnny Depp/Anne Hathaway/Helena Bonham Carter/Stephen Fry
Year: 2010
Country: US
BBFC Certification: PG
Duration: 109 minutes

Tim Burton has made some fantastic movies including Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas and the award-winning Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber from Fleet Street but is Alice in Wonderland among any of those masterpieces? 19-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. Tim Burton’s imagination runs wild as he depicts his own twisted version of a dark and grim Wonderland. The story works very well as it works as a sequel to the first Alice in Wonderland that children and adults love and we see Alice grown up. The characters are great, especially The Mad Hatter and The Tweedles.

The acting was above average except for Helena Bonham Carter who played as the vicious big-headed Red Queen, Johnny Depp who played as the bonkers Mad Hatter and Matt Lucas who tremendously performed as the two funny brothers, Tweedledee and Tweedledum. The cinematography of the movie was brilliant as was the locations and special effects which looked like a lot of effort has been put into it. Tim Burton did a fantastic job at directing as always and his vision of Wonderland was brilliantly detailed and enchanting.

I have a confession to make: I did not like the cartoon version of Alice in Wonderland. However, I did like this. Tim Burton is one of my favourite directors and I love his work but when I watched this, I watched it with a clear head and I liked what I saw.  I don’t think it’s up there with Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street or Batman but it’s definitely nothing like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.


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