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Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Written By Awir Aditya on Sunday, May 30, 2010 | 11:32 PM

Genre: Fantasy/Animation/Adventure

Starring: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathway, Crispin Grover

Based on Lewis Caroll's two very famous children's books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, the movie narrates the story of a 19-year-old Alice who escapes from her wedding and falls into a rabbit hole. She meets a lot of strange characters who doubt that she is the 'real' Alice and is eventually led to the Hatter (Depp) who is having a tea party. The Hatter explains that the land was once peaceful when a spite between two sisters led to war. The evil Red Queen (Carter) with the help of a beast known as the Jabberwocky wins the war and banishes the good White Queen (Hathway) and takes over Wonderland. It has been foretold that Alice would come and slay the Jabberwocky and put an end to the Red Queen's rein. Alice is now left with the task of fulfilling the prophesy, something of which she hasn't the slightest idea of how to. The story is a big deviation from the actual story which would leave many people disappointed. The White Rabbit and his famous time-piece is missing and a much older Alice is a little hard to digest. Unlike the book, the movie would not appeal to young children due to its slightly complicated and boring plot. Lack of humour or anything that would make the movie even slightly appealing to children is completely missing. What it shines is in special effects and the animation part and Helena Carter's creative look. I expected Johnny Depp to deliver Pirates of the Caribbean or even Charlie and the Chocolate Factory kind of performance but sadly that doesn't happen. His role is over-shadowed by the support cast which just ends up making things worse. Probably if they movie was made in a manner more appealing to young kids, it would have been a different ball game altogether.

Thumbs up: Astounding special effects
Thumbs down: Poor plot

Rating: 6.0/10
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