Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Beyond your wildest dreams

Imagine a wonderful world full of mystery and wonders. Where the impossible is suddenly possible, and nothing was ever as it seems. Where fantasy and reality collide, and the fate of such a magical world lies in the hands of a young girl named Alice (Mia Wasikowska). For those who expect this movie to based off the classic children story, then I'm afraid you'll be wrong. No, this movie isn't based on the original story, "Alice In Wonderland" written by Lewis Carroll, but it's actually a sequel to the original tale using the same name. Confused? Allow me to explain then. Taking place eleven years after Alice had her misadventures wandering down the rabbit hole, into Wonderland. Alice, at nineteen years of age, finds herself dancing at a ball with an arranged suitor, Lord Ascot (Tim Pigott-Smith), who plans on proposing to Alice that same day. The only problem is the guy is a bit of a snob and a obnoxious creep. Needless to say, Alice isn't exactly warm to idea of marrying such a man nor is she fond of all her friends and family pressuring her to, due to his status in society as a Lord. As luck would have it, Alice sees the white rabbit again as she follows him back down the rabbit hole and into Wonderland. Take in mind, she has no recollection of her adventures in Wonderland, as she's convinced herself it was nothing more than a childish dream over the years. However, everyone in Wonderland remembers her; especially the White (Anne Hathaway) and Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter). For you see, in Wonderland, there is a prophecy where Alice is destined to return to end the Red Queen's cruel tyranny once and for all.

Before I get into analyzing this film's story content, I would just like to say that the visuals were very impressive. When I talk about the visuals, I'm not just limiting this to the special effect either. As I thought "Alice In Wonderland (2010)" had some of the most amazing set designs ever conceived, as it was straight out of the fairy tale. Allowing for the CGI and 3-D cinematography to make it that much more of a visual treat for any audience to foresee. Even the makeup on characters like the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), White Queen, and Red Queen seemed to fit in perfectly with Tim Burton's surrealistic style for this movie.

Sadly, the film isn't that long (about hundred minutes), and the pacing of the movie moves along a bit too rapidly. Often feeling rushed in certain parts of the story, and the film is cliched and predictable at times as well. Plus, it never fully fleshes out Alice's relationship with her father, as one would hope, since he seems to play a very influential role in her summoning up the courage she needs to take on the Red Queen. However, that's not to say the story line is bad in any way. No, the story is surprisingly more light hearted than one would expect given the nature of the story, and Tim Burton's gothic surrealistic style of directing.  No, it seems like Tim Burton offers up a more child friendly version, than the trailers would have you believe.  Sure, there's a couple of scenes that are questionable for younger viewers, but it's nothing that will give any child nightmares over. 

I thought the performances in this film were pretty solid as well.  As I felt each actor was able to bring justice to each of their perspective characters.

Although the movie does fall short on the story line at times, it's still a very entertaining film.  One that will tickle the imagination, and bring out the child in anyone with it's spectacular visuals.  A must see film for the entire family to enjoy.

Comments 24 comments

pinkylee 6 years ago

love it ... i know mama is excited about seeing this one


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

thanks pinky. :)


lynnechandler 6 years ago

yep but sadly will have to wait for it on video.


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

This looks MARVELOUS! Thanks so much for the heads up.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

I've always loved this story and this content behind the story but you are right the visuals, the cast in this one is shocking! In fact I am surprised it's for children...It's so eerily graphic...But your writing is excellent Steven,and I love the fact you don't give away anything important!


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

@lynnechandler

well trust me, it'll be worth the wait then. although the story could've been better, I think the movie overall is great, so I'm sure you'll like it.

@paradise7

your welcome, and no problem. I'm glad you liked the review. if you do see it in theaters, you should definitely see the 3-d version as the visuals are just amazing in this.

@ann nonymous

thanks ann. it's always a pleasure hearing from you. :) Yeah, I was surprised it wasn't a lot darker, since Burton was directing it and the nature of the original story, but I was happy to see the end result of the movie anyway. Anyway, thanks again for stopping by.


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coneybridget 6 years ago

Can Johnny Depp ever look like himself again in a movie......Willy Wonka, Pirates of the Carribean.....now this.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

lol. well if you want, you can always check out "public enemies" or "the rum diary", that's fixing to come out later this year with Depp. He looks pretty normal in those movies to me. lol.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Love Depp! The thumbs up by you is a bonus...will go see this when I have some time. lol Thanks for another great review! xox


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

I cannot wait to see this movie!!! Johnny Depp is the perfect person for this role! I swear he never produces a bad movie! Thanks for the review :)


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

@theherbivorehippi

yeah, i agree with you. even when he's starred in movies that weren't that great, he always managed to carry the film to where it was at least decent because of his performance. I guess that's what separates the decent actors from the great ones like him.

@beth100

your welcome beth, anytime. I love Johnny Depp as an actor too, as he's one of my favorites. i'm glad to hear from you again. i really missed you. :)


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Sage Williams 6 years ago

Wow! What a terrific write up. I definitely want to check this one out. I like how you gave the good and the not so good as far as your opinion based on the story content.

Overall, it sounds like it would still be a good one to see at the theater. The picture are phenomenal as well.

Great Review,

Sage


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

thanks sage. I do try to review every film from an unbiased perspective, and I'm happy to hear you say that. anyway, i hope you enjoy the movie when you see it. However, if you do see it, I would highly recommend the 3-d version as the visuals in the film are just amazing.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida

Man, you are so lucky. I cannot wait to see this movie, thanks for the review.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

Thumbs up on this one! It entertained the younger crowd and wow'd the teens. I think that it would have been marvelous in 3D considering the graphics. Have you seen it in 3D? And Depp pulled off another marvelous performance. :)


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

@faybe

thanks. i appreciate that. lol. yeah, it's a very good movie. if your a fan of tim burton, tethhen you'll love this movie, trust me.

@beth100

i'm glad to hear your family liked it beth. yeah, i've only seen the 3-d version of this movie, but you are right. with the graphics this film has, the 3-d imagery is simply amazing.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

I'm soooo jealous!!! ha ha ha xoxo


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Thanks for this awesome review, Steven-your performance as a critic remains solid as ever! :)

Laurel


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bat115 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Excellent review! I am sorry for all that nonsense that happened on my hub.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

@lorie6

thanks lorlie. I appreciate that. although a couple of my predictions were wrong for the oscars, but i'm sure it'll give me something to work on for next year. lol. anyway, thanks again for coming by. :)

@bat115

thanks tim. appreciate that. hey don't worry about it buddy. besides, i'm already over it. sorry to hear that girl is still harassing ya. hopefully hubpages will get her off your back soon. you take care.

@beth100

lol. don't worry about it beth. if it makes you feel better, i would've gladly traded seeing it in 3-d if it meant seeing it with you. ;) lol.


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Rose West 6 years ago from Michigan

I really enjoyed the movie! My only problem with it was how short it was.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

yeah, same here. i felt the story seemed a bit rushed and predictable at times. however, i thought the visuals were amazing though.


JenH 6 years ago

i seen this movie in both 2D and 3D and i felt that it could have been better, the story line was rushed and there was nothing amazing about it to pop out during the 3D visualizations, i think he they had of spent more time on it, it could have been better. it was a pretty good movie though.i thought tim burton could have done better its not one of his best movies.


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Stevennix2001 6 years ago Author

yeah, i agree with you there about the story. it could have been a lot better than it was. however,i think Burton was probably facing a lot of pressure from Disney at the time, due to the fact that his last movie for them, "Charlie and the chocolate factory", didn't do that well. Therefore, it doesn't surprise me.

however, i have to disagree with you about the visuals though. I thought the visuals were simply amazing. anyway, thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts with us though. :)

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