Director Tim Burton’s newest feature film, “Alice in Wonderland,” was the number one movie in the box office on March 7, pulling in $116,101,023 in sales. The box office smash features an all-star cast of Johnny Depp (the Mad Hatter), Helena Bonham-Carter (the Red Queen), Anne Hathaway (the White Queen) and Alan Rickman (as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar).
The movie also stars Burton-film newcomer, Mia Wasikowska, as Alice.
Disney fans should not expect the original story of Alice in Wonderland in his remake.
This story shows Alice, a spunky 20-year-old girl being raised in aristocratic England.
Alice is expected to act like a proper lady of her time and marry the rich Lord Ascott.
While contemplating her engagement to Lord Ascott, Alice follows the White Rabbit and falls into the very hole that leads to Wonderland.
Except this time, Alice is returning to Wonderland to defeat the malevolent Red Queen and bring power back to the gentle White Queen.
The movie itself also shows a different side of Alice. She is not just the curious little girl that everyone grew to love in Walt Disney’s version.
Alice takes on a more empowering female figure in Tim Burton’s version, showing the audience that anything is possible as long as you believe in yourself.
The entire cast did a wonderful job portraying their characters: Helena Bonham Carter made a comical appearance as the obnoxious Red Queen and Anne Hathaway was as enchanting as ever as The White Queen.
Johnny Depp portrayed the character of the Mad Hatter and allowed the audience to be entertained by his quirky performance.
Mia Wasikowska was daring and dashing as Alice, allowing the audience to be frightened and excited as they followed her through Wonderland.
Tim Burton’s use of color and fascinating animation helped bring the movie to an excellent completion.
The 3D technology used to make Alice in Wonderland brought in vivid colors that took us into a much more different world.
Tim Burton wanted to use 3D technology because he wanted something that resembled the world that Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, created.
The 3D technology proved lucrative, as the ticket sales for the 3D showings showed.
Tim Burton also created characters using CGI which made many of the characters realistic and almost human-like. Overall, Fans of the Lewis Carroll novel and the Disney cartoon will be thrown through a colorful and vivid rollercoaster in Alice in Wonderland.
Angela Thomas is a third year student majoring in English and minoring in web technology. She can be reached at AT683005@wcupa.edu.