Saturday, 6 March 2010

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland is in our cinemas! After what seems like an eternity, the 'one to watch' film of the year (The Guardian), Tim Burton's highly anticipated adaptation of the Lewis Carroll and Disney's classic children's story, Alice in Wonderland, has finally be released!
Pre-order ticket sales have already been staggering, with IMAX cinemas selling out fast for the opening weekend! Predictions are that this 3D Wonderland will be top of the box office charts for weeks! And if you're thinking about going, book up early! I was lucky enough to have a sneak peak of the film at Self Service's Tom Binns for Disney Jewellery event last Friday at the gorgeous private screening room of The Soho Hotel. Individual old school popcorn boxes, state-of-the-art 3D glasses and very comfy red leather bucket seats were good, but the film was better!

The film sees Alice return to Wonderland after 10 years; the characters are the same but there's a very different story! Alice is all grown up, and is expected to fulfil her Victorian duties; become a wife and stop living in her fantasy world. Yet Alice being Alice prefers to run wild in her imagination, with fantastical creatures and scenarios, than live in a dictated reality. In Burton's iconic style, the movie moves on from Disney's last psychedelic offering, creating almost a squeal, which conjures up a darker, Gothic inspired Wonderland.

Alice is as loveable as ever as she gets reacquainted with her old friends, even though many doubt if she's 'absolutely Alice'; the Alice who's return they've been waiting for, to save the kingdom from the titanic rule of The Red Queen. It's a feast for the senses as Alice and co. journey through this beautiful, wondrous place. The scenery and costumes steal the show, and there's so much to see and take in, you'll be itching to watch it again as soon as the credits start rolling!

Alice's wardrobe changes nearly as much as her size, and if all I had to do get my hands on some of those scrumptious dresses was eat some 'Eat Me' cake, or drink some 'Drink Me' potion, I'd be asking for seconds! The story is often predictable and is pretty straight forward, but that doesn't really matter when the effects and majesty of what you're watching is to this incredibly high standard. There have been rumors that Costume designer Colleen Atwood will clean up this awards season, and rightly so! Taking inspiration from the original Lewis Carroll book, Atwood creates couture worthy pieces that have a McQueen-esque feel.

There are amazing performances from the gorgeous elfin new-comer Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the charismatic Mad Hatter, Stephen Fry as the mysterious, magical Cheshire Cat and Helena Bonham Carter as the bullying dictator, The Red Queen. What the film lacks in depth of story and character/relationship building, it more than makes up for in cinematic splendour and eye catching effects. After watching this movie, you will leave the cinema, but you will not leave Wonderland!


  1. I LOVE THIS MOVIE SO SO MUCH! The cast is brilliant, the wardobe amazing and Tim Burton is magnificent!

  2. I went to see it again last night, Marian! It's still amazing! I really want a Cheshire Cat though! Cx


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