Alice in Wonderland (2010, Dull Tim Burton Fantasy Adventure) – 3/10 movie review

Cast / crew
Director: Tim Burton
Writer (Screenplay): Linda Woolverton
Writer (Original Novels) “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass”: Lewis Carroll
Producer: Richard D. Zanuck
Producer: Suzanne Todd
Producer: Jennifer Todd
Producer: Joe Roth
Johnny Depp: Mad Hatter
Anne Hathaway: White Queen
Helena Bonham Carter: Red Queen
Crispin Glover: Stayne – Knave of Hearts
Mia Wasikowskia: Alice
Alan Rickman: Blue Caterpillar
Stephen Fry: Cheshire Cat
Michael Sheen: White Rabbit
Timothy Spall: Bayard
Barbara Windsor: Dormouse

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Fleeing from a surprise and not exactly wanted wedding proposal, Alice falls down a hole into Underland, a fantastical place she presumes is one of her strange dreams.


Unengaging fantasy adventure with largely unappealing design (Anne Hathaway’s White Queen and Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter especially). The dragon at the end is cool and Helena Bonham Carter’s Red Queen is a genuine highlight and an all-time great movie character. Everything and everyone else is dull and unconvincing. Mia Wasikowskia is bland and is saddled with a depressingly unconvincing modern-woman-before-her-time character. The decision to make the Mad Hatter some kind of swashbuckling hero is especially ridiculous and presumably only done to capitalise on Depp’s Pirates of the Caribbean image. Half of Depp’s dialogue disappears into a impenetrable surprise Scottish accent, the other half makes little sense anyway, then he becomes a swordmaster. This is a disappointing dull disaster.

This movie contains violence, some graphic violence.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

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