Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton's Alice in WonderlandWe have passes for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, starring Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter.

This film is based on Lewis Carroll’s two Alice novels, combining elements of both to create a ‘new’ story in which Alice is a young woman bored with the formality and predictability of her Victorian world. Facing a marriage proposal, she falls down a rabbit hole and finds herself in Wonderland, where the famous White Rabbit, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, and the Mad Hatter speculate if she is indeed ‘the Alice’ that is destined to slay the Red Queen’s Jabberwocky.

Pay no attention to bitter British film ‘critics’; this is one exciting 3D journey that offers terrific performances from Bonham Carter – with a delicious rendition of the character’s ‘Off with her head!” line – and the voice cast (including Alan Rickman, Christopher Lee and Matt Lucas), and launches Wasikowska as Hollywood’s next big star.

Depp has been the centre of attention since Disney announced his participation, and particularly since they released the first photos of him as the Hatter. He takes the orange-haired character beyond what any previous incarnation has done before, but the intention to create another extravagant and iconic character like Captain Jack Sparrow is so transparent that it ultimately fails.

One thing is true: it is bigger than any previous Burton film – with the exception of his disastrous Planet of the Apes in 2001 – with spectacular action sequences and a CGI environment that, while influenced by his usual twisted aesthetics, feel much more like a studio blockbuster than a true piece of Burton’s imagination.

The script also struggles at times, trying to keep audiences interested in a 110-minute story that could have been resolved in 90, but the visuals more than compensate for moments when the story drags.

Alice in Wonderland will be released on March 4.

Courtesy of Disney, we have season passes for this film. To win, email Miguel Gonzalez and tell us, what Tim Burton film is your favourite and why?


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