The character of Alice, played by Aussie actress Mia Wasikowska, is very strong. She may deny the world that she falls into because she thinks that she’s dreaming the entire time, which most would assume she is rather dim, but she accepts things as they are and doesn’t back down when the times comes to battle the Jabberwocky.
I love the blue and white color schemes for most of the movie, including Alice’s outfits. This was something that the Disney movie never touched on: how Alice maintained her outfits while changing size. With Alice being older, I think this film is easier for the teen generation to sympathize with rather than having her be 8 or 9 years old. The audience also views her as being able to choose for herself what kind of life she wants while being on the edge of adulthood and no longer a child.
I love that Burton chose to create his own story for the film instead of re-creating the cartoon into a modern version. We’ve seen the 1999 made-for-tv movie Alice in Wonderland before and it was quite a bore. There was nothing new to expect and this is why Burton’s film is unique. Also, evening naming the world Underland, instead of the usual sets the mood for what Alice is to expect.
Johnny Depp’s role as the Mad Hatter was interesting and I’m glad Burton went into more detail about his previous life of making hats, sort of an explanation for who he is as a character. His futterwacking, the dance he performs at the end, was very entertaining.
I don’t particularly like Anne Hathaway as an actress, mostly for the roles she’s played, but I love her as the White Witch. She’s quirky and I’m glad she took on the character. Also, being the younger, more loved sister of the Red Queen, played by Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter, could also make you a little mad too. And who doesn’t love the lipstick hearts on the Queen’s lips?
Because this film is different from the previous versions we’ve all seen or heard before, Burton’s can only be categorized as being influenced by the infamous story and not an adaptation.