in about 100 words or less
US 108m, Colour
Director: Tim Burton; Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Michael Sheen, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Paul Whitehouse, Barbara Windsor
Inspired by Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865), Burton’s visually stunning film adaptation follows Alice, now as a young woman, who accidentally returns to Wonderland after fleeing an unwanted marriage proposal – only to find herself tasked with slaying the Jabberwocky. Alice in Wonderland is a witty and wholly entertaining experience, replete with fine performances and a visually wondrous experience which is a manifestation of Burton’s wildly colorful imagination. Despite the rather curious ending which celebrates British Colonialism and Alice’s future adventures as she sets sail to exploit China, Burton’s offering is to-date, easily the greatest adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (Klaus Ming December 2010).