Alice in Wonderland - Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp, Tim Burton
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One golden afternoon, young Alice (Mia Wasikowska) follows a White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), who disappears down a nearby rabbit hole. Quickly following him, she tumbles into the burrow - and enters the merry, topsy-turvy world of Wonderland! Memorable songs and whimsical escapades highlight Alice's journey, which culminates in a madcap encounter with the Queen of Hearts (Helena Bonham Carter) - and her army of playing cards!
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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda
- Film fantasy Lewis Carroll Mad Hatter Cheshire Cat Lewis Carroll White Rabbit adventure Queen of Hearts nonsense jaberwocky
Persons of interest
- Johnny Depp .... The Mad Hatter
- Michael Sheen .... The White Rabbit
- Anne Hathaway .... The White Queen
- Helena Bonham Carter .... The Red Queen
- Alan Rickman .... The Caterpillar
- Mia Wasikowska .... Alice
- Stephen Fry .... The Cheshire Cat
- Crispin Glover .... The Knave of Hearts
- Christopher Lee .... The Jabberwock
- Timothy Spall .... The Bloodhound
- Matt Lucas .... Tweedledee, Tweedledum
- Noah Taylor .... The March Hare
- Eleanor Tomlinson .... Fiona Chataway
- Lindsay Duncan .... Helen Kingsley
- Annalise Basso .... The May Pole Dancer
- Frances de la Tour .... Aunt Imogene
- Tim Pigott-Smith .... Lord Ascot
- John Hopkins .... Lowell Manchester
- Jemma Powell .... Margaret Manchester
- Geraldine James .... Lady Ascot
- Eleanor Gecks .... Faith Chataway
- Leo Bill .... Hamish Ascot
- Lewis Carroll .... Author
- Linda Woolverton .... Screenwriter
- Tim Burton .... Director
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- Awards and film festivals:
- Australian Film Institute (AFI) 2010: Won: International award for best actor (Mia Wasikowska)
- Golden Globes, USA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) 2011: Nominated: Best Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy Or Musical (Johnny Depp), Best Original Score - Motion Picture (Danny Elfman)
- Studios and distributors:
Special Agent Matti
I'm never happy when the lead character in a film is not the lead actor on the poster/credits. In Alice in Wonderland, the lead character is Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska) and in the credits the lead actor is Johnny Depp. Bad, bad, bad.
Meanwhile, this film is something like Beetlejuice meets Avatar: mind-blowing weirdness runs into super-real live-action and animation. It's a great way to introduce your kids to books and imagination without resorting to giving your child electro-shock treatment. Or maybe just poking around in their head with an ice pick. Gotta love that old-time medicine.
So: you're asking yourself if this film is for the kiddies and the answer is "Yes and no". Yes, despite being a very adult view of the world, Alice in Wonderland is the kind of film that kids will love. No, this is a very adult view of the world, Alice in Wonderland is the kind of film that certain parents (of the "Grandma's gone to Heaven" and "Rover's just having a long sleep" variety) will hate; bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people - get over it. What's more, scary things happen to good people, men can wear make-up, bad people have red hair and girls like frou-frou. Whatever.
If you're looking for a strict interpretation of the classic books then I can't help you. About all I can remember is that the Queen of Hearts played croquet with flamingos. Sounds reasonable to me. The imagery is almost overwhelming in its detail and in its weirdness; there's always something to look at and it's often moving. See Avatar. On the other hand, this is an English story so it's a lot darker and even though you already know how it's going to end you aren't looking forward to it. Our Mia™ is finely cast and Tim Burton's favourites, friend Johnny Depp and partner Helena Bonham Carter, are great although I am getting a bit sick of seeing and hearing them all together. There are other good actors out there, Tim.
If you're sick of all the Hollywood cream puff niceness that is made for kids then here Alice in Wonderland is the perfect antidote.
Oh frabjous day.
The fantasy movie Alice in Wonderland is directed by Tim Burton and stars Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp.
Government security censorship classification
PG (Fantasy violence and scary scenes)
108 minutes (1:48 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 4 March 2010