In this case I must join the popular opinion: visually stunning, but lacks the story and the heart. And this is a stretch also, I mean, I know that the effects are amazing but they are supposed to HELP the story not BE the story. And they seem so artificial and cold, so distant from the book, or even the previous movies. We all know what happened, as soon as Tim Burton became popular studio fat cats hired him to make a profitable Alice, and Alice that can be easily merchandised, add to that 3d craze and you get this blunder. I seriously doubt that we will ever see a decent movie from Tim, he seems to have gone too far. This doesn’t mean that he’s a bad director, I’m guessing that this is that cash-out movie for him, considering he already gave us a lot of beautiful masterpieces.
And we didn’t even get to Johnny Depp, desperately trying out every crazy gimmick and trick to draw attention to himself. I know that these things happen, but jeez… All the characters are pretty lame and overacted, but not in a good way, and everything seems to be so clean and neat. Where is the violence and black humor that Tim used in his previous movies? Where are the grotesque characters and weird situations? They are not present. But now you can take your 3-year-old son or daughter to see the movie. Then do not market it as Tim Burton presents Alice in Wonderland. I am sure that you will be entertained by the effects, but the missing part will be still missing. Enjoy.
Director: Tim Burton
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover
Fun Stuff: Casting auditions for 250 extras were held in the British city of Plymouth on 6th and 7th August 2008. Requirements were for people with a ‘Victorian look’ and for applicants to have no visible tattoos, piercings or dyed hair.