Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland: A DVD Review
Alice: Delightful in both "New" and "Original"!
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Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland - 2010
Quirky, bizarre and fascinating are the words that come to mind when one imagines any joint venture involving Tim Burton and Johnny Depp, and Alice in Wonderland surely does not disappoint! This movie is dark, Gothic, a lot of fun and bit horrifying. Trust Tim Burton to find the twist in any situation! The movie features lots of wacky and impressive special effects and CGI work and broad, sweeping, outrageous make-up and romping performances by Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen.
Alice in Wonderland has been billed as a retelling or an interpretation of the Lewis Carroll classic; however, it is not that. It is a sequel, and the script does a nice job of taking us forward 10 years in time to Alice's second visit to Underland (mistakenly called Wonderland on her previous visit) and the quest that will ultimately help her find and define herself. Mia Wasikowska is interesting and winsome as the 19-year-old Alice who would prefer to chart her own course rather than submit to an arranged marriage.
Alice in Wonderland is rated PG, and I think parents should take that seriously with children under ten and watch with them. Some parts are quite violent and gory and could be frightening. Overall, though, this is a fun family movie that would be enjoyable to have on hand during the holidays.
I give Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland 4 Stars for imagination!
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