Alice in Wonderland has been criticized for not being true to the books upon which it is based but I fortunately have not yet read The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland or Through the Looking Glass from cover to cover. Usually I am a stickler for that sort of thing. But I enjoyed Tim Burton’s take immensely. All the themes and characters are there including plenty of heart, which is lacking according to one review.
The heart of the story is a young woman finding herself, which is not what she has been defined by society or even her own perception of herself as represented by the characters in her dream. Alice learns that she is much more.
What is not to like? Even a stickler for rules (this girl) can really get behind this story.
Another criticism is the portrayal of Wonderland. Some believe it to be too dark. In comparison to contemporary films, it is really just a little dusky. After all, that’s what you get with a queen like the Red Queen. And what would Alice have to conquer if it were all sunny? She must conquer in her dream or she will never conquer in real life.
And did anyone notice Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter? Did they watch the same movie because the one I saw had Johnny Depp moving me to almost tears. As the Mad Hatter. Anyone else might have tried to make him one dimensional. Helena Bonham Carter, for that matter, portrayed surprising depth as the Red Queen. I actually felt kind of sorry for her, the “off with their heads” lady.
Off with the critics heads and you, my friends, are late for a very important date.