Alice In Wonderland:
Another Trip Through The Opium Stained Looking Glass
In the long history of fictional literature, there are not many tails that stand the test of time the way that the much beloved chronicles of of a young girl named Alice, who though both "Alice's Adventures In Wonderland" and "Through The Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There". Now there is much debate over these stories given how controversial their nature is, and how they've been remade and reworked so many times that at times its hard to tell their original form and altered ones. Most assume the Disney 1951 version is close to the original, then they read and discover its really a butchered gutted and hallowed out shell of the story, making it light and happy and pretty, when its not really all that happy or light and friendly. And though many joke off the differences, there are those who wish that there could have been made, a true to book adaption made for theaters, and though its not a direct adaption, Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland set out to be a continuation of the two books, being set in the future of the books timeline.
The film does a good job of bringing the animated and the literary versions that have been done the world over all together. But you would expect that with the work of Tim Burton, probably the only director who could have actually made this film and make it work. The cast as a whole turns in an excellent performance, not just Johnny Depp like most people would have assumed at the beginning of the film's creation. I actually find Mia Wasikowska as Alice to be the greatest of the entire cast, simply because you truly believe she is Alice, and that she has her muchness. but this is no real surprise, Mia was incredible in the brilliant film Suburban Mayhem, so why would she be any other way in this. Depp, as everyone expected, plays a very good, and surprisingly large role given how little you see of the Hatter in most variations of the story, and Helena Bonham Carter plays a very good, all be it over the top, Red Queen, who has elements of The Queen of Hearts mixed in with her original character's portrayal, Bonham Carter does a great job countering the mostly bland and slightly annoying Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, who just comes off as completely pure and good and great and makes you wonder if she's so pure and kind and good that she farts in pleasant smells as well, and surprising in casting, but not surprising in how good of a job in the role, Crispen Glover does an incredible turn as The Knave Of Hearts, I found myself wondering if Glover's revitalized career and recent years fan following might counteract Depp's similar standard of doing things, but thankfully I was wrong, they both actually compliment each other well, and I'd like to see more of it in the future honestly. And though half the cast are infact CGI, you find yourself loving them as well, Steven Fry shines as he always does in his role of Chessur, The Cheshire Cat, but its Alan Rickman's role as Absolem, the iconic hooka smoking caterpillar that takes it for the non-human roles honestly, Rickman uses the dull monotone voice he uses for Snape in the harry potter films to deliver the character and his wise and knowing nature perfectly. I was also delighted to find out they actually refer to each character by their real names, not their titles like in most adaptions, I hate that..
The plot of the film, though new material really does a great job keeping you informed and respectful of the original, and truly does a great job of merging, here is the basic outline...
From there the all out battle for the future of their world begins, Alice fights the Jabberwocky, you see all of the rest of the cast join the fray, I'm not used to seeing The Mad Hatter with a scotish broad sword, but I guess anything is possible, I loved how the battle scene didn't just focus on Alice and The Jabberwocky, that would have just been kind of annoyingly predictable, it focuses on everyone, on both sides and how they all rise up to fight for what they believe in, and continue until Alice has slain the Jabberwocky, at which point the Red Queen finally gets whats coming to her, for all of her time of mistreatment of others, after that Alice is returned to her world, where she refuses to marry her annoyingly uptight suitor and instead sets out in control of her own life to live out her father's dreams and ideas, Absolem, in butterfly form, is on her shoulder as she goes.