Outside the Genre: Alice in Wonderland Quick Review

Directed by Tim Burton

Alice in Wonderland is not really a film adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Nor would I really call it a sequel to the events of the original adventures in Wonderland.

Combining elements, characters, and material from both Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass, this film adaptation of Alice’s enchanting adventure takes place years after she fell down the rabbit hole.

One of the biggest disappointments or twists about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and later the Disney film adaptation Alice in Wonderland was that everything that happened in Wonderland was merely a dream from a young girl’s mind.

Keeping with the dream mentality, Alice does not believe she is in Wonderland when she falls down another rabbit hole.

However, everything that happened during her first journey through Wonderland (Underland) was not a relentless dream that stayed with her through the years but memories so fanciful that logic dictated that they were mere figments of her imagination.

Alice in Wonderland is a wonderful journey through a fanciful land, helping Alice learn that she must make decisions for herself, whether it is in Underland or above. Fall down the rabbit hole again, Alice in Wonderland made me smile and reminded me to read the original story once more.


~ by nicmarray on March 16, 2010.

5 Responses to “Outside the Genre: Alice in Wonderland Quick Review”

  1. I love the movie too. I watched it because I have never seen Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp together in the same film & they both lived up to my expectations; a double dose of madness.

  2. I agree with the comment above, it was all such a whirlwind, but the look and feel of the world Burton created was fantastic. You should also see this article about how he derived the influence for it: http://infloox.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/hollywood-vs-c-s-lewis-with-alice-in-wonderland/

  3. I really didn’t like it. For a Tim Burton film I thought so much more could have been done.
    gaoramao, you should watch Sweeny Todd. It has both Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp in it.

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  5. I am not sure that I like the concept of this movie. In the original Lewis Carroll stories the use of a dream to get Alice into Wonderland and through the looking glass was a rather conventional way at the time to introduce fantasy into a story. The subsequent adventures are not “mere figments of the imagination” but powerful comments on Alice’s non-dream life. http://silverseason.wordpress.com/2010/09/30/lewis-carroll-alice-in-wonderland/

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