It’s here – it’s finally here!!! The tickets have been ordered, the popcorn’s popping (ok, being heated up!), the 3D glasses have arrived – Alice in Wonderland is in our cinemas! After what seems like an eternity, the ‘one to watch’ film of the year (The Guardian), Tim Burton’s highly anticipated adaptation of the Lewis Carroll classic children’s story, Alice in Wonderland, has finally be released!
Pre-order ticket sales have already been staggering, with IMAX cinemas selling out fast for the opening weekend! Predictions are that this 3D Wonderland will be top of the box office charts for weeks! And if you’re thinking about going, book up early! We were lucky enough to have a sneak peak of the film at our Tom Binns for Disney event last Friday, so here’s our review for you!
The film sees Alice return to Wonderland after 10 years; the characters are the same but there’s a very different story! Alice is all grown up, yet still prefers to run wild in her imagination, with fantastical creatures and scenarios, than live in reality. In Burton’s iconic style, the movie moves on from Disney’s last psychedelic offering, to become a darker, Gothic inspired Wonderland. Alice is as loveable as ever as she gets reacquainted with her old friends. It’s a feast for the senses as Alice and company journey through this beautiful, wondrous place. The scenery and costumes steal the show, and there’s so much to see and take in, you’ll be itching to watch it again as soon as the credits start rolling! Alice’s wardrobe changes nearly as much as her size, and if all I had to do get my hands on some of those scrumptious dresses was eat some ‘Eat Me’ cake, or drink some ‘Drink Me’ potion, I’d be asking for seconds!
There are amazing performances from the gorgeous elfin new-comer Mia Wasikowska as Alice, Johnny Depp as the charismatic Mad Hatter, Stephen Fry as the mysterious, magical Cheshire Cat and Helena Bonham Carter as the bullying dictator, The Red Queen. What the film lacks in depth of story and character/relationship building, it more than makes up for in cinematic splendour and eye catching effects. After watching this movie, you will leave the cinema, but you will not leave Wonderland!
Get your wardrobe Wonderland ready!