Johnny Depp is one of my favorite actors. I have seen and enjoyed most of the movies that he has made with Tim Burton. When I heard that they were making a new version of Alice in Wonderland, I was interested even before seeing any trailers. I headed out on opening day to see the 3D version of the movie.
I loved the movie and will more than likely see it again in the theater and I'll add the DVD to my collection. I really liked that there is more of a plot to this movie than there was to the Disney animated version. In that movie, Alice just sort of wonders around and meets a few odd characters. With Burton's version, Alice still interacts with odd characters, but there is more purpose to what is going on. I also liked how it is set up like Alice had been there as a child, forgotten things, and was back as a young woman. I know that some people aren't happy with the fact that the plot isn't more like the Carroll books featuring Alice. I think the plot works wonderfully and makes for an entertaining movie. The visuals are amazing and give the movie a unique look.
Johnny Depp is great as Mad Hatter. This version of the character is still a bit wacky, but he also has moments of sanity and clarity. He is much more than a loon who drinks tea and that makes the character much more interesting. He does have a bizarre look, but that manages to work for the movie. The Red Queen is in control, and she is not nice to anyone. Helena Bonham Carter is great in the part. The White Queen is the sister of the Red Queen. The White Queen is much nicer than her sister, though she is missing a marble or two herself. Anne Hathaway does well with the part. White Rabbit, March Hare, Cheshire Cat and Tweedledee and Tweedledum also turn up. I really like how Cheshire Cat is done.
I did post a longer review on Epinions.
Alice in Wonderland