Alice in Wonderland (2010) has been a long-awaited adaptation of the children’s book by Lewis Carroll. Most people are familiar with this story, being a classic and a children’s favorite. However, the 2010 version is special, as it is edgier and somewhat darker. Directed by Tim Burton, it boasts of a star-studded cast such as Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway and Crispin Glover. Mia Wasikowska plays 19-year old Alice, who loved to dream when she was young and told her father Charles Kingsleigh (Marton Csokas) of a place called Wonderland when she was young.
He used to tell her that he imagined 6 impossible things before breakfast. However, her father passed away in the recent years and she missed him dearly, especially his lighthearted attitude. Now that she is 19, Alice has to face the real world and act and dress like a proper lady should, and follow proper etiquette as well. She was invited to a Garden Party and Hamish, (Leo Bill) the son of her father’s business partner, was supposed to ask for her hand. However, she saw a white rabbit (Martin Sheen) scampering through the bushes and followed it. It led her to the rabbit hole and she fell into the hole that seemed never-ending and filled with stuff.
This hole led her to Wonderland, and there she would meet all sorts of characters such as the Tweedles (Matt Lucas), the Dormouse (Barbara Windsor), the Dodo bird (Michael Gough), Absolom the caterpillar (Alan Rickman), the Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry), the Knave of Hearts (Crispin Glover), the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), and the White Queen (Anne Hathaway.)
The conflict in the movie is, will Alice be able to slay the Jabberwocky? According to the caterpillar, who read a scroll which has Wonderland’s history, it has been predicted that Alice will successfully slay the Jabberwocky on Frabjous Day. However, there seemed to be a mix-up because they did not know whether Alice was the right “Alice”, but Alice knew that it was all a dream. I loved how colorful the movie was in Wonderland, in contrast to the bleak reality of Alice’s life in London. The Mad Hatter was especially a feast for the eyes, with his bright hair, green eyes and outrageous makeup. The Red Queen was also something to look at, with her heart lips, huge head and shocking red hair. The real star of the movie though was Wasikowska, who reminds me of a young Gwyneth Paltrow. She played Alice really well and seemed like she could do anything. She can be a princess on one scene and a kick-ass knight on the next one. I also love how the movie relays the message that we should believe that anything is possible and not be tied down by society or people expect of us. We must aim to follow our dreams and turn it into reality.