Alice in Wonderland

By Emma Berkel  

   Lewis Carroll’s well known and forever fascinating world takes on new life with the help of director Tim Burton’s vision and modern CGI. Having opened earlier this month, “Alice in Wonderland” has since held tight to its spot at the top of the box office and it’s not hard to see why.

   The movie shows us what happens some time after Alice’s initial adventure in Wonderland. Thus, rather than repeat the well-known tale, it takes us into the future where Alice returns to the world of fantasy and is reacquainted with familiar characters such as the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), Abosolom the Caterpillar (Alan Rickman), and the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter). At the same time, both Alice and the audience are introduced to new characters such as the Red Queen’s much kinder sister, the White Queen (Anne Hathaway).

   With this colorful cast, and their stunning character designs, one can expect to be treated to a grand adventure as they follow Alice and her friends through their quest to reinstate the White Queen’s rule and, as is according to the prophecy, slay the Red Queen’s vicious Jabberwocky. Throughout this journey, Alice learns not only more about Underland (“Wonderland’s” true name), but also about the power of choice and who she really is.

   Although the tale is a predictable one and the movie not quite what you’d call a masterpiece, it remains one that’s definitely worth seeing. If it’s not for the plot or the chance to see another Burton-Depp film, then a ticket’s worth the price for the wonderful use of CGI scenery and some engaging performances, Carter’s (the Red Queen) being most notable.

   By far, what makes “Alice in Wonderland” stand out most is its visuals, something that’s highlighted by the 3D, and as the movie’s high point, Burton’s vivid imagination is what will likely stick with audiences for some time.