Alice in Wonderland
Out Now On-Demand
Tim Burton (Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd) seems the perfect director to bring Lewis Carrol's trippy children's fantasy to life. A combination of live-action and computer animation is used to tell the story of a young girl named Alice (Australian newcomer Mia Wasikowska), who falls down a rabbit hole into a strange world full of strange characters.
Those characters include Johnny Depp (in his sixth collaboration with Burton) as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Little Britain's Matt Lucas as both Tweedledee and Tweedledum and Crispin Glover as Stayne – Knave of Hearts.
- Featurette: Alice Returns
- Featurette: Original
- Featurette: Mad Hatter
- Featurette: Strange Worlds
Winner of Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design at the 2011 Academy Awards.
- Linda Woolverton (based on the novel by Lewis Carroll)
Adventure, Kids & Family, Fantasy
Rating: PG contains frightening fantasy scenes and violence
Initial glimpses of this film had us worried about a CGI overload. Luckily, this proves irrelevant once immersed in Wonderland, which is so oddball and wacky that it bears little resemblance to photo-reality anyway. Although traces of recognisable Tim Burton style remain (the twisty foliage gives him away), he extends his visual vocabulary, drawing inspiration from sketches in the original publication.
Nothing is too scary for younger children (sans the disembodied heads floating in a castle moat), although the creepy look of strangely proportioned characters may unnerve some. This is, in fact, a more mature adventure – Alice is now about ten years older (it’s her second trip down the rabbit hole) and the theme touches on leaving childhood behind.
The film sags, however, when the plot's momentum falters. Mia Wasikowska’s Alice is an empathetic character, a perfect companion for this trip into lunacy, but her purpose in the story isn’t clear enough. Added to the mix are a forgetful performance from Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, and a gleefully tantrum-prone turn from Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen.
In the end, Burton’s Alice in Wonderland falls somewhere between an interesting, melancholic look at a faded wonderland and a more straightforward Disney blockbuster. The story, whilst awash with visual splendour, doesn’t have the guts to stray too far from formula, leaving the end product more style than substance (or, if the substance is there, it’s lost in a very beautiful wonderland).
NZ Herald (Jacqueline Smith)
The Hollywood Reporter
ViewAuckland.co.nz (Matt Turner)
Lacking Story Telling
The costume's are great but story is not clear. Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter is very questioning, his voice goes crazy, scottish then sometimes irish. The story is very disappointing, but costumes are winner but that may not be what we are looking for.
Is it just me or is Tim Burton the most hugely overrated director alive? He peaked with ED WOOD for me and lost it with PLANET OF THE APESH*T. Mind you, I enjoyed SWEENEY TODD, but this? Well, if you dug Burton's CHARLIE & THE CGI FACTORY, you'll love this - and kids may like it too. For me? One star for the CGI splatter - it resembles a tourettes patient let loose in the cinema with a paintball gun loaded with a rainbow of coloured balls... And what a load of balls this is! Why reinvent "Alice"? The original book was fantastical enough. Depp does his usual scenery munching and Mia Wasikowska is barely two-dimensional enough to compete with the CGI... Some lovely turns from the likes of Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee, Stephen Fry and Matt Lucas (two for the price of one!) but fleeting guest appearances aside this is a headache-inducing, mulicoloured mess. Makes Walt Disney's animated version look amazing.
Johnny Depp is so versatile
This Tim Burton version is a must have must own dvd the story and animation is up there and is a darker and more intense version but is the best adaption of the story i have seen
Okay, but not great
This movie suffers from Disney-fication. Would have loved to have seen a much darker Tim Burton version.
I still enjoyed the movie, as I love the Alice In Wonderland story and Tim Burton's take on it. Best character, in my opinion, is Stayne (played by Crispin Glover), as he is a great mix of the orginal Lewis Carroll character style and the Tim Burton character style.
This is a magical and fun film full of fantasty with wonderful values. Captivates and fascinates, a great escape from reality. Outstanding in 3D!
completely agree with the flicks review. it really didnt do it for me, and i thought the actors couldve done a lot better and the story line wasnt quite strong enough to give some impact. johnny depp wasnt quite up to his usual standard either, and i love him normally! i agree with others, only in 3d!
IT IS SOOO FUNNY
IT IS SOOO FUNNY
I think it so funny because of Johnny Depp
well i liked the movie! has all my favourite actors in it plus my favourite director! typically tim burton but not his strongest film! but can most definitly spot his quirkyness in there! helena bc! absolutly love her acting in everything i see as johnney depp! those to definitly work well together! while the movie was good it was missing the spark that normally comes from tim burton! mind you that would be cause hes not a cookie cutter director! well done i say!!! still needed more muchness though