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Movie Review: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland


Alice Kingsley isn't having the best of days. She's been having the same dream over and over again, her father has recently died, and her mother and sister have taken her to a formal party where she finds that her sister is being cheated on and she is given a marriage proposal by the pompous son of a lord her father used to work with. Confused and not knowing how to reply, Alice says she needs some time to think as a distraction for when she sees a white rabbit in a waistcoast and gives chase after it. During the chase, Alice falls through a rabiit world and lands in a strange world with strange beings who claim to know her. Alice is soon off on a strange and wild adventure involving these beings which she soon realizes is connected to her strange reaccuring dream, and her past. Its been a while since I had seen a film by Tim Burton so this film was refreshing. Tim Burton helped create a very bizarre yet wonderful Wonderland and breathed life into Lewis Carroll's famous characters. The only character that seems to falter however, is Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter because he goes all over the place confusingly, one minute acting cheerful and weirdly funny and the next being darkly sinnical the next. Depp is also upstaged by Mia Wasikowska as Alice, who is quietly odd yet reliably likeable enough that the audience likes her. As for the story, the beginning seems to bounce around confusingly as much as the Mad Hatter but soon focuses down into a clear and really fun storyline that ends on a nice note. It was nice seeing Tim Burton in good form again. Overall, 3 and 1/2 stars out of 5 for Alice in Wonderland

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