This is not your mother's Alice. This Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is now 19 and faced with making a choice to marry a really unappealing dude, Hamish (Leo Bill) or go against everyones expectations. I mean the guy admires what he just produced in his handkerchief. Go for it Alice! Thankfully she gets distracted by a familiar rabbit and down the hole she goes, once again.
She has been brought back to Underland (not Wonderland) so that she can finally end the reign of the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) and her card army. It's her destiny to find the Vorpal Sword and use it to slay the Jabberwocky. I know what you are thinking, why would Alice want to destroy the Jabberwocky dance crew? I mean they are so talented! First of all, the dance crew are the JabbaWockeez, so just relax. Second, I really would like to see that fight.
Along the way we meet all of Alice's old friends, the White Rabbit (Michael Sheen), Tweedledee and Tweedledum (Matt Lucas), Dormouse (Barbara Windsor), Chesire Cat (Stephen Fry), Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman) and of course the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp).
I really liked how Burton interpreted these characters especially the Chesire Cat and Blue Caterpillar. Here's an idea, do a movie based around those characters. I have no idea what it would be about but I know I would watch it. They were great to watch and the voices of Fry and Rickman really gave them life and you almost forget that they are computer generated. The cat and caterpillar stole the show.
Depp's Hatter is truly mad in a very good way. Although, at times I wasn't sure if I was watching the Mad Hatter on screen or Willam Wallace. Several times Depp uses a Scottish accent for the Hatter that I know Mel Gibson would be proud of. During the movies big battle scene Hatter is holding a sword and I was just waiting for him to scream, "they may take our lives, but they'll never take our FREEDOM!" Also, I could have done without a ridiculous dance sequence from the Hatter near the end of the movie. Seemed really out of place. Otherwise it was great.
I thought the Red Queen was great but the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) not so much. I'm not quite sure what Hathaway was trying to do with the character but I am sure that it didn't work. At times it seemed as if her version of the White Queen had spent too much time toking up with the Blue Caterpillar.
There are many versions of Alice and this one was pretty much what I expected it to be. I'm a big Tim Burton fan and I love his style and imagination. The characters were crazy and the animation was what I've come to expect from Burton. I was sort of hoping the movie would have been a bit less sane and a bit more twisted. Not enough nonsense. I liked it but didn't love it.