Monday, March 15, 2010

Review: Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Genre: Kids & Family

When I first heard that Alice in Wonderland was going to be made into a movie, I couldn't imagine anyone playing the Mad Hatter other than Johnny Depp. My hunch was right! He did portray the Mad Hatter, and succeeded in putting some sense to all the craziness under his top hat.

Audiences unfamiliar with the characters from "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass" not featured in the original Disney animation would not be able to follow the plot fully; and like me, may need to have a repeat screening to understand the story.

Set thirteen years after Alice's first trip down to Wonderland, the movie tells about her return. Alice meets a lot of the characters from her previous visit (the blue Caterpillar, the March Hare, the Dormouse, Tweedledum and Tweedledee, the White Rabbit, and the Cheshire Cat). Together, they rescue Underland from the evil clutches of the bratty Red Queen.

Still a fun movie to watch, but the attempt to make the audience to sympathise with the troubles haunting the Hatter was quite futile. Very much unlike Robin Williams' Peter Pan or Johnny Depp's Sweeney Todd.