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Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton (2010)

104min
PG Certificate
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Tim Burton tackling the nonsense prose of Lewis Carroll would seem a perfect match, something the visionary director could do in his sleep. Which is what this strangely conventional and ponderous "re-imagined" mash-up of the two Alice adventures (adapted by Beauty and the Beast's Linda Woolverton) often induces. It's the second journey to "Underland" for the now teenage Alice (Mia Wasikowska), where she again encounters familiar characters such as the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Matt Lucas), and the Cheshire Cat (voiced by Stephen Fry). From the static TV-drama-style opening to the battle finale with CGI monster Jabberwocky (voiced by Christopher Lee), via an overextended visit to the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), Burton's trademark quirkiness is in full evidence in the trippy, dippy, acid-coloured excursion through Carroll's literary landscapes. But the wavering tone is as uncertain as Alice's decision-making, while the added-on 3D is a distraction and as unconvincing as the entire misconceived venture.

Summary

A 19-year-old Alice returns to the magical land, having forgotten her previous adventures. She finds the tyrannical Red Queen has begun a reign of terror that can only be ended by slaying the monstrous Jabberwocky - a task she is seemingly destined to attempt. Tim Burton's fantasy adventure based on Lewis Carroll's novels, starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway.

Cast & Crew

Alice Kingsley Mia Wasikowska
The Mad Hatter Johnny Depp
The Red Queen Helena Bonham Carter
The White Queen Anne Hathaway
Stayne Crispin Glover
Cheshire Cat Stephen Fry
White Rabbit Michael Sheen
Absalom Alan Rickman
Director Tim Burton
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Walt Disney Guidance: Some violence. Available on: Available on DVD and BluRay Released on: 5 Mar 2010

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