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I live in New York City and I'm surrounded by books all day and when I go home I have more books waiting for me. Read my "About" page on top to see what I mean. I just want to share my book experiences and my love of all-things-books, with hopefully the occasional review thrown in. If you wish to contact me, the address is polishoutlanderATgmailDOTcom

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland

What can I say?

I enjoyed this for what it was. I love Tim Burton. I love the colors in this movie. The March Hare was crazier than I thought he could ever be. And Alice…Alice Alice Alice….I loved her accent (and she’s Polish!!!!)

I didn’t go into this movie with high expectations.  I just wanted to see someone else’s vision and interpretation of the story. Granted, there was sort of a cohesive story (not just the meanderings of a young girl in a dream). I had read both books years ago when I was in middle-school, in one day actually, so I don’t remember all the details, but I remember enough.

Some people have pointed out how the movie was a mix of Wonderland, Narnia, and Middle-Earth. Granted, when Alice is fighting the Jabberwocky (voiced by Christopher Lee no less), you half-expect Alice to cry out, “But I am no man!”

The White Queen was actually a bit too flighty for me, although you sort of get a hint of spunk when she is in the lab, mixing a potion for Alice to drink so that she can be the right size.

The Red Queen was such a fun caricature.

Johnny Depp was awesome as always….and demented.

What sticks out for me the most from this movie though?

THIS DRESS!

It took me so long to find a picture of it. Gimme gimme gimme! You must click on it to see it bigger. This is the dress Alice wears when she is in the Red Queen’s Court. If only I had somewhere to go to wear it…..

Oh, and remember kids, this movie is rated PG for “scary situations, scary images, fantasy action violence and a smoking caterpillar.” You have been forewarned of the smoking caterpillar….

On another note, I asked Josh for his thoughts on the movie cause he was more vocal about it, so here you go:

Alice, how you’ve changed!  Having just finished reading Lewis Carroll’s two novels the day before seeing the movie, I was overly prepared to notice all the differences between the movie and the book.  Considering the team enlisted on this project, I was expecting some differences.  Alice is all grown up this time when she falls down the rabbit hole.  Ok, age the character, make it more adult.  I get that.  Add more of a plot so that regular moviegoers can tell their friends what the movie is “about”.  It’s a Disney flick, it can’t be too artsy.  Fine.  Remove all the complicated riddles and wordplay.  Pull out all of the nonsense.  Remember, Alice isn’t a child anymore.  Wait… What?  That is what Alice (both in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass) were about.  The only riddle that survives in the movie is repeated over and over again.  The answer is finally revealed in an anticlimactic ending.  To me it really felt like someone wrote a shallow caricature of Carroll’s most famous characters, including the Jabberwocky, and threw money at the post-production special effects and hoped for the best.

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