Director: Tim Burton Screenplay: Linda Woolverton, based on the novels by Lewis Carroll Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway Time: 101min Age Restriction: 10M
Alice in Wonderland is a stunning film about the power of imagination and believing in oneself, filled with the eccentric humour and surreal beauty typical of a Tim Burton movie.
Nineteen-year-old Alice has been plagued by one recurring dream about another world ever since she was six. She is now being pressured into a convenient marriage for the sake of her family's fortune and the good looks of her potential mother-in-law's grandchildren.
In order to gather her thoughts, she slips away from the crowd, chases after a rabbit in a waistcoat and falls down his hole – into the world of her dream, where it seems everyone has been waiting for her to free them form the evil rule of the Red Queen.
Alice in Wonderland is a visual extravaganza full of quirky characters and darkly detailed imagery. Although the story has been greatly adapted from the Lewis Carroll classics (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass), the film is perfectly cast, with Johnny Depp in his element as the Mad Hatter and Helena Bonham Carter playing the Red Queen with relish.
Beneath the bizarre surface of Alice in Wonderland, there are subtle themes of accepting people in spite of their differences, daring to dream big and believing in one's personal visions.
Nerinda says, "Alice in Wonderland is so incredibly detailed! I have to get a copy of it on DVD, because I'll have to watch it a thousand times to absorb every little part!"