As a lover of classic fairy tales and Tim Burton movies, I could not wait for this movie to hit theatres. It was everything I ever wanted in an updated version of Alice in Wonderland. Now, I am forever grateful it was not made any earlier. Without the amazing graphics and CG technology, it wouldn’t have been anything special. Just like how Lord of the Rings would have been comical if it had been produce earlier. This movie is set as the sequel to the life of Alice and Wonderland of the original Disney movie. The movie took a new, dazzling role while still keeping true to the original movie’s best references.
*If you are not a fan of Tim Burton, do not be dissuaded. I actually did not see Tim Burton’s traditional influence on this movie in the least. Perhaps it is because his humor matched the true character of the movie than any other film he has done before.
The actors and actresses were brilliantly casted. Johnny Depp played a truly mad hatter that brought life to the fictional character. Mia Wasikowska was the perfect fit for a bewildered Alice. Helena Bonham Carter brought excessive laughter and a new depth of crazy as the Red Queen. Anne Hathaway took a new role by playing the white queen (the red queen’s baby sister) but I’m not sure the role was as convincing as the other characters.
The movie begins with Alice’s imaginative entrepreneur father pushing the envelope with his business partners. Of course, a little girl who had another nightmare interrupts them. In fact, it’s the same nightmare that always involves falling down a dark hole and meeting a blue caterpillar. The film fast-forwards to an adult Alice on the way to a high-class party as she laments to her mother (her father past away) that she never has any new dreams. Once she arrives, she is paired with a stuffy young man named Hamish to dance with and soon finds out that she is at her own engagement party. Surprise, Alice!
As a huge crowd gathers and Hamish asks for her hand in marriage, Alice sees a white rabbit in a waistcoat beckoning to her. She panics and flees after the rabbit where she falls down a long dark hole. The adult Alice finds herself locked into a room with many doors and she does not have the slightest trace of memory from that long time ago. As far as she is concerned, she must be having a dream that she cannot wake from.
In this new Wonderland, we find out that the Red Queen has taken over and enslaved the animal race to do her bidding. How else can she have a nice, warm pig’s belly for her aching feet? Those inhabitants who still hold any hope, drew Alice back to Wonderland on purpose. It has been foretold that only Alice can slay the Jabberwocky. The Jabberwocky is a dragon like creature that the Red Queen uses as her right hand to instill fear and loyalty.
However, not everyone agrees that she is the right Alice and not even a trip to the blue caterpillar clears up the matter. The Mad Hatter is certain she is the right Alice and informs her that she lost her Muchness (her driven soul if you will).
Soon enough, the Red Queen hears of Alice’s return, tracks her down, and captures the Mad Hatter instead. In the commotion of the Red Queen’s army of playing cards, the Mad Hatter reduces Alice to the size of a pencil in order to keep her safe. What can such a small person due, especially if they have no muchness? You’re going to have watch it to find out.
This movie is truly amazing. If you’re an imaginative person, you must see this movie as soon as possible. Otherwise, I’ll start to wonder if you have lost your muchness too.