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Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska
Writer: Linda Woolverton
Director: Tim Burton
Company: Walt Disney Pictures
If I had paid $15.25 to see Alice in Wonderland, I would not be pleased. I got to see it for free (yay perks!), but if I had spent enough money to get me more than a month of Netflix on that, I would want my money backSo you get that I didn’t like it right? Good.

Alice in Wonderland is a classic story, one that everyone knows, whether from the book or the Disney adaptation (which is one of my childhood favorites). In this semi-sequel, Tim Burton takes the Wonderland crew and throws them into a battle of good versus evil. The evil Queen of Hearts, played by non-other than Mrs. Burton - Helena Bonham Carter - has taken over what is apparently called “Underland” and likes to chop off her subjects’ heads. What we didn’t know was that she usurped her throne from her younger, purely good sister the White Queen (Anne Hathaway.) When Alice lands back in Wonderland as a teenager, the White Rabbit, Tweedles Dee and Dum, and the Mad (Johnny Wonka Sparrow Todd Depp) Hatter inform her that she is fated to slay the Jabberwocky to save the kingdom and return the White Queen to her rightful position. 

I definitely went into this movie with my doubts, which were sadly confirmed: this was a vehicle for 3D and Johnny Depp. Yes, the visuals were gorgeous and striking. Yes, Depp played the Mad Hatter appropriately crazy. But I knew that was going to happen. The plot was very much the typical hero story: the hero doubts herself until her mentor (in this case the Alan Rickman-voiced catapiller) makes a speech allowing her to believe in herself. Then she has the power to defeat the Jabberwocky, and the confidence in herself to stand up to her mother. Oh, and some silliness and nonsensical drama ensues in between. 

Nothing surprised me about this movie except my pity for the Queen of Hearts. She’s and outcast because of her abnormally large head, and since everyone is so cruel to her, she turns cruel herself. In the end, I kind of rooted for her. She was the sad ugly kid everyone makes fun of in school, and I want to see her get a happy ending! I’m happy the Helena Bonham Carter brings skill to all her roles in Burton’s movies, she really commits to each part. I don’t think the same can be said for Johnny Depp, who seems to do the same thing over and over again, despite his proven abilities. 

Overall, I’m disappointed that Tim Burton has become so boring and predictable. Remember how awesome Edward Scissorhands was? It would be easy to forget after seeing Alice in Wonderland. In my second experience with 3D, I am once again convinced that it is a pointless technology, which makes directors think they can make boring movies interesting with cool visuals. Well, this girl who isn’t buying it. Literally. 

Final Verdict:
C

Emily
3/22/2010 12:15:57 am

I disagree with your poor review of this classic movie. For one, of course Johnny Depp played the mad hatter crazy...it’s the MAD hatter (don't give yourself props for something so obvious). Further more the caterpillar was hardly her mentor he was in the movie for all of 5 minutes. Oh and not to mention no one gave her the courage to stand up to her mother, they gave her the courage to say no to getting married and living a classic society life she didn’t even confront her mother. Finally I hardly think Tim Burton has become unpredictable, sure it may seem like the classic storyline of the hero overcoming everything, but his additions to the storyline and depth of the characters changed my view of the story completely. You said yourself you went into this with doubts and its clear this is your biased opinion and if I wanted a tainted review I'd ask my closed minded mother. Ps. I bet you felt sorry for the red queen because you were the ugly kid in class! Next time try watching the movie

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3/22/2010 06:21:51 am

Emily, I understand you dug the movie and were against Anna's thoughts, but a personal attack was out of line. Disagreeing is fine and everything, half the movies she hates I actually like a lot, but do it without insulting the reviewer. She's just sharing an opinion.

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Emily
3/22/2010 10:58:52 am

And I was just expressing my opinion. If you put your opinion on the web you should be prepared to have it disagreed with and maybe attacked to get a point across. Like you said I dug the movie and I don't want one review to stop people from seeing, what i feel to be a really entertaining film.

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Guy G Haas
3/22/2010 10:48:19 pm

I'm staying out of this argument... How people could argue on Film Calamity...C'mon guys, don't you have work to go to?

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Subha Jose
8/18/2011 03:31:45 am

Emily u r stupid bitch

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Subha Jose
8/18/2011 03:33:54 am

emily u r a stupid bitch, how do u like my opinion.A sharp tongue is no indication of a keen mind.

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