Alice in Wonderland

  • PG
  • Tim Burton (2010)
  • US
  • 104 min
Alice in Wonderland
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Film Review
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2 out of 5

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.

Plot Summary

Fantasy adventure based on the books by Lewis Carroll, starring Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp. At a garden party to celebrate her engagement, the now teenage Alice spots a white rabbit from her childhood dreams and follows the creature down a hole that leads to a strangely familiar world. But the place she remembers is now in ruins and Alice is soon pitched into a battle against the evil Red Queen.

Cast and crew


Alice Kingsleigh
Mia Wasikowska
Mad Hatter
Johnny Depp
White Rabbit
Michael Sheen
White Queen
Anne Hathaway
Red Queen
Helena Bonham Carter
Absolem, the Blue Caterpillar
Alan Rickman
Cheshire Cat
Stephen Fry
Stayne, Knave of Hearts
Crispin Glover
Christopher Lee
Bayard, the Bloodhound
Timothy Spall
Tweedledee / Tweedledum
Matt Lucas
March Hare
Paul Whitehouse
Charles Kingsleigh
Marton Csokas
Helen Kingsleigh
Lindsay Duncan
Barbara Windsor
Jim Carter
Tall Tower Faces
Imelda Staunton
Dodo bird
Michael Gough
Aunt Imogene
Frances de la Tour
Margaret Kingsleigh
Jemma Powell
John Hopkins
Leo Bill
Lord Ascot
Tim Pigott-Smith
Lady Ascot
Geraldine James


Tim Burton

Other Information

Theatrical distributor: 
Walt Disney
Some violence.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 5 Mar 2010
Certificate PG