Altogether too familiar for its own good. The ideal Alice should be odd, foreign, unsettling, even threatening. Precious little of the above in the Tim Burton/Disney version, even though it could be argued that Burton – working from an adaptation by Linda Woolverton – was shackled by the commercial “too-muchness” of the project. Plusses: Australian actress Mia Wasikowska as paler-than-pale Alice; Johnny Depp as the Scots-burred, Michael Jackson-inflected Mad Hatter; the voice of Alan Rickman as Absalom the hookah-smoking caterpillar; and Anne Hathaway as the even-paler-than-Alice White Queen. The tea party is appropriately trippy. Minuses: Crispin Glover’s evil Red Knight; Danny Elfman’s far too obvious music score; and the swords ‘n’ sorcery final battle, with a masculinized Alice against the Jabberwocky. Consumer note: Doesn’t make a damned bit of difference whether you see it on 3-D or 2-D, so save the “premium ticket” fee at the theater. Also with Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, and the voices of Stephen Fry (Cheshire Cat), Timothy Spall (March Hare), Michael Sheen (White Rabbit), Christopher Lee (Jaberwocky), and Jim Carter (Executioner) (108 min.).
Director: Tim Burton
Writer: Lewis Carroll and Linda Woolverton
Producer: Richard D. Zanuck, Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd
Cast: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Michael Sheen, Stephen Fry, Alan Rickman and Timothy Spall
Alice in Wonderland in Disney Digital 3D