Alice in Wonderland

If you have seen previous collaborations between Johnny Depp and Tim Burton ("Sweeney Todd," "Ed Wood," "Corpse Bride," "Sleepy Hollow," and "Edward Scissorhands" are a few of them) you already know what to expect. Expert filmmaking, unbridled fantasy, lots of computer generated imaging, and an underlying sense of menace.

As I watched this endeavor, it occurred to me that I have read neither Alice in Wonderland nor Through the Looking Glass in its entirety. Because of this failure on my part, I am NOT able to say if this film follows the books. However, as a cinephile, I can tell you that these guys know their business.

Adapted by Linda Woolverton ("The Lion King") from Lewis Carroll's books, this Disney production boasts:
  • a spunky heroine, played by Mia Wasikowska ("Vash-i-kov-ska") ("Defiance"), an import from Down Under,
  • a tea party of addled characters,
  • loathsome monsters,
  • colorful scenery and costumes,
  • Anne Hathaway ("Valentine's Day") as the White Queen,
  • a gap-toothed, orange-haired Johnny Depp ("Pirates of the Caribbean") as the Mad Hatter who recites Jabberwocky,
  • and Helen Bonham Carter ("Sweeney Todd") as the Red Queen who shouts "Off with her head!"
This movie can be viewed in either 2D or 3D. What more could I possibly want?