For Those Who Wonder if “Alice in Wonderland” is Worth Watching
Tim Burton’s“Alice in Wonderland” was probably the most anticipated movie of the year 2010. But is it any good? First of all, I should probably mention that hardcore Lewis Carroll fans may find very disappointing. The movie is merely based on the book. It features most of the same characters and a couple of the same locations, but the story is completely different. Alice is no longer a little girl, but an unconventional young woman who has the same dream of finding herself in Wonderland every night, until one day it happens in real life. Her arrival was expected. Alice is supposed to save the inhabitants from the evil Red Queen and get the reign back to her kind sister, the White Queen. She knows nothing about it, but she is meant to be the knight in shining armor, both figuratively and literally speaking.
So, as you can see, the original story was turned into a completely commonplace fairytale about struggle between good and evil. All the characters were made into the same types we can see in every other Disney movie: the villain, cruel and irritable (the Red Queen); the kind and creative outsider (the Mad Hatter); the fearless hero unaware of his/her own might (Alice); the sage (the Caterpillar), etc.
However, there are some good parts. First and foremost, the visual effects are incredible. Every creature and every landscape is beautifully designed making the movie a real eye candy.
Secondly, two of the main parts are played by Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp. Despite the fact that their characters are very plain and trite, these brilliant actors still bring great performances.
So, what would be my final verdict?...