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Definitely not for Alice lovers
If you were looking for an Alice in Wonderland adaptation with an original story that was actually faithful to the books, stay far away from this. Many people think Tim Burton's films are unique, bizarre, strange. In my opinion, they are not. Tim Burton is pretty mainstream as far as I'm concerned. He's really just there to comfort normal people who want to think they're "different". I mean, he made this for Disney. DISNEY! So, despite what the fangirls would have you believe, this isn't a darker, more adult take on the books. In fact, it makes the 1951 animated version quite tolerable in comparison. In fact, I LIKE that film thanks to Burton's.

But enough boring ranting. So, the whole idea of this film is that Alice is now 19 but doesn't fit in with Victorian society (and that's never been done before, eh?). Apparently, they wanted to make Alice a feminist in this. What? How can they think Alice wasn't a strong female character in this? Burton's actually said he found Alice in the books too passive and that he wanted to punch her out. I don't know what he was reading, but it definitely wasn't Carroll's book. Alice in the books was a much stronger character than the one in the film could ever be. So, after running away from someone who proposes to her but she doesn't want to marry, she falls down a hole and enters Wonderland. Then she's told that she's the Chosen One and has to defeat the Jabberwock, whose name they get wrong. The "Chosen One" plot has been done so many times it just isn't funny. Are they even trying to be original? Anyway, Alice is convinced it's all a dream, until she remembers it isn't and has a flashback- which happens to be the ONLY GOOD SCENE IN THE ENTIRE MOVIE. Then lots of boring adventure stuff happens, Alice faces the Jabberwock and the Red Queen is defeated. The plot was so boring I've practically forgotten it already.

Anyway, the worst part is definitely the characters. Who are nothing like in the books. Why is the Hatter a good guy? How could they possibly manage to confuse the Queen of Hearts and the Red Queen? Would it have killed them to put the White Knight in? Why do they all have stupid names? Burton tried to make the characters more complex, which didn't work. This story isn't faithful to the books. Instead it is a pastiche of previous Lewis Carroll fanon. Don't watch it. EVER!
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comment #7689 spambot 15th May 11
And I originally put paragraphs in. For some reason, they have disappeared.
comment #7706 3rdpoliceman 17th May 11
How strange. You can still edit your review, though. You don't have to fill your review with HTML tags in my experience, just hitting enter will do.
comment #7708 spambot 17th May 11
You need to have two spaces in between to create the paragraph. If you hit enter just once and then start the next paragraph, it deletes the space.
comment #7709 BonsaiForest 17th May 11
Okey dokey.
comment #7727 3rdpoliceman 19th May 11
I can definitely see some of your points... but must you really use the term 'mainstream' as an insult? It makes you sound like a hipster.
comment #10865 MrMallard 17th Oct 11
I like how fanon is always interpreted as being bad outside of fanfic.
comment #10886 eveil 18th Oct 11
Many people think Tim Burton's films are unique, bizarre, strange. In my opinion, they are not. Tim Burton is pretty mainstream as far as I'm concerned. He's really just there to comfort normal people who want to think they're "different". I mean, he made this for Disney. DISNEY!
I'm too cool for those Tim Burton types who sell out.

I'm actually a fan of Duncan Jones. You probably have never heard of him... ;P
comment #10893 GildedATM 18th Oct 11
i agree with you on your points about burton's films. ignore the people shouting "hipster". some people have to label and decry everything. ithink your comment on "people who want to think they're different" is spot on. There is actually a good comic on Cracked that points out some amusing tropes of people who want to be "different". Such as if you must rebel against whatever is popular, if what you like becomes popular, you must at least pretend to not like it. I belive it's called " why nonconformity is worse than conformity".
comment #11128 gatoblanco 29th Oct 11
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