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!