It is about love, courage, sacrifice, dreams, and reality. It is a real treat! What would the young Alice from Alice in Wonderland be like… 13 years later?
David Ehrlich. Perhaps Disney was giving audiences a reprieve, or perhaps they were just allowing us enough time to forget how unpleasant the first film was, plying us with quality in the meantime. Relax, it will all be over soon.
How is this possible? I have no idea. It certainly seems like I should have come across it at some point in my childhood.
After you've seen Alice in Wonderlandget a little farther down the rabbit hole with our Spoiler Special discussion: You can also download the program hereor you can subscribe to the Spoiler Special podcast feed via iTunes or directly with our RSS feed. Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland Disney represents the confluence of a number of depressing cinematic trends: the need to ransack classic children's literature for ideas, the unimaginative layering of 3-D technology onto a visual universe that would look just fine without it, and the belief that slathering familiar storylines with a superficial gloss of Gothic "darkness" constitutes a substantial reinterpretation. Lewis Carroll's eminently sensible British schoolchild has been taken on a shopping spree at Hot Topic an experience that viewers are invited to share by donning the line of tie-in merchandise available for purchase at that teen-Goth chainand the resulting makeover doesn't do her any favors.
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Regardless, and as expected, the richness in color and design make for a stunning view enhanced by 3D. In this recent adaptation, Alice played by Mia Wasikowska returns to Wonderland thirteen years after her first adventure, which she has considered a mostly forgotten dream. She begins her journey in a similar fashion that takes her back through the rabbit hole, but this time finds that she was summoned for a particular quest, so that the suffering inflicted by the Red Queen Helena Bonham Carter may come to an end.
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The film opens with Alice tossing stones into a stream while her sister reads. The opening credits are intercut with extreme closeups of Alice's mouth as she speaks the lines: "And now, said Alice, you will see a film for children. But you must remember to keep your eyes shut, or you won't see anything!