Movie Review: Alice In Wonderland

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Sam from our Bookcoaster’s blog – has asked that I post this review for her: Alice in Wonderland 

I loved the story of Alice in Wonderland as a little girl and have read all of the series of books by Lewis Carroll. So I was very keen and excited to see the latest film instalment to see what adventures the older Alice gets up to. The 3D element was a nice added touch to a fairly enjoyable film, but the story did lack the cuteness of the original tale.

All of the characters are back, tweedle dee and tweedle dum my favourites. The film is visually delightful and the scenes in which the Mad Hatter (played by the ever talented Johnny Depp) does his thing are very funny.

The plot is rather simple as an older Alice returns to her wonderland, reunites with her quirky friends and embarks on a quest to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror. The film is much darker than the original, a true Tim Burton adaptation, but does manage to stay fairly kid friendly.

If you get the chance, go see the film in 3D, even to just see the Mad Hatter do his thing (I won’t go any further as to not spoil it for those of you who plan to see it!) If you haven’t read the books yet, go directly to your Gold Coast library to borrow them – they are a real delight!

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5 Responses to “Movie Review: Alice In Wonderland”

  1. sam Says:

    Timothy, thanks for that information. It will be a must see for me if Depp is the star. I did some research of my own, it is due for release in 2011.

  2. Timothy Says:

    Sam, his next film is “Dark Shadows” I believe. It was a gothic soap opera back in the black and white era. Depp is playing Mr Collins.

  3. sam Says:

    I agree with you Timothy, the “it was all a dream” ending is a roll your eyes and sigh way to end. I much prefer endings that come to a climax or leave you pondering what could, should or would happen next. I’m awaiting Tim Burton’s next film.

  4. Timothy Says:

    It’s a fantastic film.

    A lot of Alice films are kind of weak, because the story itself doesn’t have a pay-off at the end (well, it does, but its “it was all a dream” which is a bit poor), but in this one, the frame they put around the story is good, which braces up the rest of the story.

  5. bindis Says:

    I am soooo jealous! I hope to check it out soon.

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