OK, so Alice in Wonderland. It’s a children’s classic, we all know the story, most of us have seen one of the films and its just something that most children are aware of. So about two years ago when I heard Tim Burton was taking on the film I was quite excited. Even more so when I heard Jonny Depp would be playing the Mad Hatter. So now the film had finally arrived I was very excited to go and see it, and in 3D!
Now if your familiar with Tim Burton you will no what to expect. Burton does some really dark creative films with a crazy fantasy edge. Films such as Sleepy Hollow, Edward Scissorhands and Sweeny Todd are just a few examples of the weird and wonderful world Burton creates and he also often uses Jonny Depp in such films. So for him to take on a film that already has a crazy world involved this was going to be interesting.
The story tells of a nineteen year old girl named Alice. Alice lives in a well to do family in the late 19th century. She is expected to behave well and marry a rich lord. However Alice has dreams of a weird and wonderful world, she lives in her own private fantasy and does not want to settle for a life of the ordinary.
Alice soon finds herself in an awkward position. A young lord has proposed to her and she does not want to marry him. As he gets down on one knee Alice panics and does a runner. She sees a rabbit and decides to chase it, before long she falls down a hole. But this is no ordinary hole, she finds herself falling down down down. And then she realises she is in her fantasy world.
Whilst in this magical world Alice meets many weird and wonderful creatures. She also discovers that she has a part to play in saving her new friends and slaying an evil beast.
The story is very familiar, Burton has added his own twist and some new bits but all in all it seems to be the way I would expect. There is loads going on in the film and some of the characters are wonderful. The acting is very good, I love Jonny Depp and he plays the part well, although I must say something about his character didn’t seem quite right. Helena Boham Carter plays the Queen of Hearts and she is wonderful, really made me smile. But for me the star performance is Alice played by newcomer Mia Wasikowska. She plays the part so well and I was really impressed by her.
The effects are all excellent and there is a real dark and brooding feel to this film, everything you would expect from a Tim Burton classic. The only things I will say is that I felt the film went a little stale in the middle. All the characters are introduced early so there are no surprises in the middle and it just plods a little. That said I did really enjoy this film and the fact it was in 3D just made it that little bit more special.
The film runs for 108 minutes. The time flies by apart from as I mentioned the small section in the middle. There is plenty to enjoy in the film though and so it does not feel like a long film really.
The film is rated PG, apart from the odd scene that may scare young children there is really nothing offensive in this film. Its a film you can watch with the whole family no problems.
Overall this is a really good film. Its not quite a classic, I think the story lacks something somehow, but otherwise its great fun, visually spectacular and lots of fun. Mia Wasikowska is a real rising star and I enjoy her performance. If you like Tim Burton films I think you will enjoy this film. And if not well you will probably enjoy it anyway. Go and check it out!