Thursday, 11 March 2010

Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' - Film review

Tim Burton took us back to wonderland this March 2010 with his latest film based on the Lewis Carroll novel, ‘Alice’s adventures in Wonderland (1865)’.

As a Tim Burton fan and also an enthusiast of ‘Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland (1951)’, I must admit that if anything, I was a little too excited for the release of this film! However, it was not entirely what I had visualised it to be…expect the unexpected!

I thought that if two great things were combined, something even greater would come into existence. Alice in Wonderland is such a vast and exciting story, full of strange creatures and bizarre concepts; there really are no boundaries! However it seems as though this time Walt Disney has held Burton back. The film starts well, but maybe a little slower than necessary – I love how you can immediately tell that it’s a Tim Burton film due to the paleness of the main character, ‘Alice’!

I loved his interpretations of the original characters and Johnny Depp’s superb performance as ‘The mad Hatter’ was obviously a winner! Despite the brilliant costume and makeup however, the plot itself was restricted and predictable. It seemed commercialised which is very unlike the distinctively dark and twisted world that Burton normally works within. There were aspects of the Burton that we all know and love in there, however Disney strongly shone through with it’s typical ‘goody’, ‘baddy’ plot in which the hero, (Alice), prevails at the end and slays the enemy, (the Jabberwocky). It was the heart-warming relationship between Alice and the Mad Hatter that bought more depth to the story and made it more enjoyable for me.

Tim Burton’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ is definitely worth a watch, however I feel as though Disney should have made an exception here, upped the certificate to a 12 and let Tim Burton do what he does best.


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