Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is truly a great film. Personally, I love interpretations of Disney Classics and this is one I definitely do enjoy watching. But this ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is very visually different to the Disney Classic, obviously because it is the brilliant Tim Burton directing the film. Wonderland becomes twisted with eerie colours, contrasting bright flowers, with thorns and mist. A dream-like wonderland where Alice (Mia Wasikowska) doesn’t know what is real and what is not, believing a pinch would wake her up, but when it doesn’t, she becomes more confused in this new world she fell into, literally fell, down a rabbit hole.
Wonderland is a world of a Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), a White Rabbit with a waistcoat (Michael Sheen), a smiling disappearing Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), a Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman), a Dormouse (Barbara Windsor) and finally twins Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Matt Lucas). Most of the characters are animated, except, out of the previously said, Alice and the Mad Hatter. They are all brilliant in creating this fairy-tale like world, a world full of things believed impossible. But the greatest thing about Tim Burton is portraying these impossible things and making children believe that maybe they aren’t impossible, even if only in dreams. My favourite character, of course, is the amazing Johnny Depp playing the Mad Hatter. Not that this is any different from any of his other films, but the Mad Hatter is played excellently, crazy and confused, yet the audience feel that there is something missing in his life and he is just sad with all his loss. I just love a Johnny Depp film, without him it would be very different.
The film throughout focuses on the madness of the world. When Alice finds herself in Wonderland, she is told that she is the Alice, but then told she isn’t the Alice, the film throws the audience around, not really knowing what is happening unless Alice knows herself. Wonderland is under the control of the evil Red Queen; played brilliantly by Helena Bonham Carter. I find when watching this film that even though she is the villain, there is something missing, that perhaps she is just misunderstood and lost in her own anger of jealously of her sister and paranoia of people she loves leaving her or choosing someone else. The previous Queen was the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), the Red Queen’s younger sister; and it is up to Alice to fight the Jabberwocky and give the rightful crown back to the right Queen. As the film follows the confusion of Alice and who she really is, she believes she can’t be the right Alice that they were all waiting for, and we watch her as she discovers who she really is and what she must do, whether she does or not is a different question.
The main reason I think this film is so great is because of the visual effects and the difference to the whole animation and style to the Disney Classic ‘Alice in Wonderland’; this is because it is a Tim Burton film. Even though this film is predominantly for children, I think it can great for older ages as well. Also, who doesn’t love a film with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in it? Because they both are truly great. So if you think you would enjoy this film, join the madness of Wonderland and be thrown into Tim Burton’s version of it.