Saturday 13th March 2010
Alice in Wonderland (2010) is Tim Burton’s version of the 1865 classic children’s novel, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, written by Carroll Lewis.
Alice spots a white rabbit running through the fields one day when she decides to follow it, which ends up in her falling down a hole and trying to escape a world of unimaginable situations and peculiar creatures.
Unlike the original story the film doesn’t start off in the same way. We start off by watching Alice running away from a marriage proposal when she spots the white rabbit running through the garden and decides to run after it. The rabbit runs down a hole, Alice looks down and ends up falling in.
My next disappointment followed shortly. For anyone who has read the book you may be feeling the same as me, and expect it to follow at least all of the key scenes. So, as we follow Alice trying to get through a small door we next expect her to start crying and then drowning in her own tears (like the original story), but I was sad to see that this scene was missed out.
We are then met by some of the star cast when we meet Tweedledum and Tweedledee (Matt Lucas) and Mouse (Barbara Windsor) and the Cheshire cat (Stephen Fry). Shortly followed by the rest of the all-star cast, Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), Red Queen (Helen Bonham Carter) and White Queen (Anne Hathaway).
I believe that the cast line up is great, although I was slightly put off by Tweedledum and Tweedledee because they looked a little too much like Matt Lucas. Children’s stories create escapism and having Matt Lucas looking very true to his character I didn’t think worked as well as it could have, and all I could think about was Little Britain.
Johnny Depp’s character was played and looked brilliantly. Although he is known for his eccentric characters, I knew that after seeing Willy Wonka he would fit this part perfectly. I have to admit that I found his accent a little ‘off putting’ in certain scenes because sometimes his Scottish accent shone through and then others he had more of a broad British accent, but I’m not too sure if this was to do with his character as Mad Hatter.
The visual excitements you get from the film are out of this world, but isn’t that just how Burton likes it? It was bright, eye-popping, crazy and certainly the way it was portrayed in the book. Even reading the book, or even watching the Disney animation film you know just how ‘out there’ the story line really is. I’m not saying that Burton were on a trip, but we all know how ecstatic he gets over his films and I could not have thought of a better book adaptation for him to create.
With this in mind I would have like the film to have a higher certification with more of Burton’s eccentricities in there. I’m sure Disney would argue about how it needs to appeal to it’s target audience (children), but I would argue that if I were a child going to watch that the characters would probably freak me out anyway.