Movie Review: Alice in Wonderland (2010)


My Rating: 3Stars

This evening I saw the movie Alice in Wonderland in 3D at AMC Cinemas, Pacific Place, Admiralty, Hong Kong. One of the movies from my Must See Movies list.

This Tim Burton sequel to the original Alice in Wonderland movie from 1903, began the story with a 19 years old Alice Kingsleigh who just lost her father and is about to be married in an arranged marriage with the son of his father’s ex-partner. Alice (Mia Wasikowska), got distracted and followed the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) into a rabbit hole once more and began her adventure in Wonderland.

In Wonderland there is a battle between the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), in which Red Queen won and took over Wonderland. The White Rabbit was sent by Dormouse (Barbara Windsor), Dodo bird (voice of Michael Gough), and Tweedledee / Tweedledum (Matt Lucas) to look for Alice, because The Scroll claims that on the Frabjous Day, Alice will return to slay the Jabberwocky (Christopher Lee). Along the way Alice runs into her old friend Hatter (Johnny Depp) and he further explains to Alice what she needs to do.

Carter gave a familiar performance as she did with her character in Sweeney Todd, which Depp starred as Sweeney Todd. The Australian actress Wasikowska played a wonderful Alice, someone innocent, determine, ambitious and full of imaginations.

The special effect was okay and the 3D affects were minimal. I would not suggest going to see the 3D version of the film, as I believe the extra cost is not worth it. Rather I wish I had simply chosen a theater with a large screen and good sound system.

Rating Legend:
5Stars Not to be missed
4Stars Wait for the DVD
3Stars Buy from iTunes Store
2Stars Rent it on iTunes
1Stars Waste your time elsewhere

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