At long last, the movie that I have greatly anticipated this 2010 finally came to cinemas. Once again the wild and quirky imagination of Tim Burton came to life along with his long time collaborator and friend Johnny Depp who played the eccentric character in the persona of the Mad Hatter. I can say that Tim Burton again has never failed my expectations of his surreal and wickedly created movies. I just love his works! Lol.
When Tim Burton is part of a movie, one can say that this movie will somehow be 'different', twisted, and has some dark atmosphere set up with it and Alice in Wonderland is no exception. It's not the typical Alice you see in movies, not the typical plot if you have read the book or the original story, and definitely not the typical Disney film you see most of the time.
The movie has that Tim Burton-esque feel to it---it's dark, creepy, weird, amusing, and full of surprises. That's what I like about his films. He always never fail to make a movie somewhat interesting, artistic and creative that cannot be found in other films. When you see his movies, you can always say that, this is definitely his movie.
In the film, Alice is now 19 years old and accidentally returns to Underland, a place she previously visited 13 years ago. She is told that she is the only one that can slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon controlled by the Red Queen. Burton said the original Wonderland story was always about a girl wandering around from one character to another and he never felt a connection emotionally, so he wanted to make it feel more like a story than a series of events. He doesn't see this as a sequel to previous films or a re-imagining.
For me, the movie was visually alluring. It's like you're being transported to another place; a place like no other. Seeing it in 3D makes it more interesting but somehow, there were parts that kind of made me a bit cross-eyed or dizzy. But nonetheless, it was no difference to seeing it in non-3D prior to it not fully an animated movie. The movie has a mixture of adventure, a little bit of comedy here and there and really cracks up your imagination. I can say the movie was really worth the watch. Especially in 3D. :)
The characters were really playful and were full of oddities. I love how Burton portrayed them and the animated figures were great. Tweedledee and Tweedledum were particularly funny and cute. The Cheshire Cat was as elusive as ever and the Red Queen was perfectly portrayed (by Helen Bonham Carter herself). And we shouldn't forget the Mad Hatter, played by Johhny Depp who never fails to portray eccentric and bizarre characters (really shows he is truly flexible! lol) And the main protagonist which is Alice who played the part seamlessly. Anne Hathaway was also in the movie playing the White Queen who as also eccentric and a little bit too dramatic. Overall, the characters make up the bizzare and magical world of Wonderland and helped to make it come alive.
Also at the end of the movie, I knew there was something in the singer's voice played afterwards. I was particularly captivated by it and I was shocked that was Avril Lavigne who was singing the song. Gosh. My favorite director, my favorite actor along with my one of my favorite artist all in one movie. That was surprising. And very satisfying. Overall, I give the movie a hundred thumbs up! Lol. I'm a bit biased coz I like Tim Burton's films so much and I love Johnny Depp. Lol.