Review: Alice in Wonderland

When I  think of “Alice in Wonderland,” I picture a darling blonde girl in a quaint blue dress, a funny rabbit with a pocket watch, and maybe the Queen of Hearts knocking around a few balls with a flamingo. With the recent adaptation of the book and Disney movie, the first things to pop into my head are the impossibly large eyes of the Mad Hatter, and the oversized “globe” of a head of the Red Queen.

Actress Mia Wasikowska plays Alice (the 19-year old version), and her fall down the rabbit hole delivers her into a dreamlike reality. In one of the few memorable moments in the movie, she repeats what her deceased father told her- “Some days I believe in six impossible things before breakfast.” What are those impossible things? One: A cat can vanish before your eyes. Two: There is a drink that can make you shrink. Three: There’s a cake that can make you grow to an enormous size. Four: Animals can talk. Five: Timid, little Alice can defeat the Jabberwocky. And, just for me, six: “Alice in Wonderland” can sweep the box office with $116.3 million by the end of opening weekend.

Although the 3D version could be visually stimulating at times, the plot simply didn’t match the special effects. At times, the movie was whimsical and fun, but those moments were followed by confusing bits of dialogue by the Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp ; the Queen of Hearts, portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter, or the White Queen, played by Anne Hathaway. These big-name actors and actresses added their own style to the movie, but the script by Linda Woolverton left something to be desired.

Tim Burton directed this latest translation of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll, and although his direction added a unique quality to the movie, many critics have said that movie seemed like an adult hallucination.

Alice in Wonderland” is great for a nice laugh or thrill from the special effects, but don’t expect to get anything out of the story that you didn’t already get from the original book.