Oh Tim, what have you done? I am a fan of Tim Burton, I am not afraid to say it. He has made some of my favorite movies; Big Fish (2003) and Ed Wood (1994) are both in my top 65 of all time, and both are pretty high up there. He has made some just great entertaining ones like Sleep Hollow (1999) and Sweeny Todd (2007). But also has some stinkers like Planet of the Apes (2001) and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). He is no doubt a mix director but all in all I like him a lot. When I heard about Alice in Wonderland, and the fact it had Johnny Depp, I knew it was
Burton behind the camera, and since I was dying to see it. Well the chance finally came, and I could never be more disappointed.

Alice in Wonderland is actually a sequel to the classic story. It takes place when
Alice in 19-years-old and has just been asked to be married. She says she needs a moment and runs after a rabbit, and falls down the rabbit hole. Everything from there is about the same, but a little different for it’s not too happy since the Red Queen (played fantastically like Helena Bonham Carter) has taken over Underland (it’s not even called Wonderland). Alice thought her first journey there was just a dream, but the rest of the cast remember her. She soon becomes a part of a prophecy where she will take down the Red Queen.

Tim Burton directs this train wreck. He really does nothing to keep this movie alive, and as a pro director that he is, he should have taken the script into his hands and made it better. Also he shouldn’t have relied that much on the visuals and 3D animation, for I didn’t see it in 3D, and maybe that’s why I thought it didn’t look too great. I know the film purposely had a fake look to it, but this was ridiculous. It was basically animated, and should have just made the whole thing animated instead of just some aspects. Like I said, I saw it in 2D and the film just looked bad, just a too cheesy look to it. Also Tim did no outstanding directing which is quite shocking. He usually does something quite memorable or a few scenes where I just go wow! But here, he does nothing memorable.

The acting was really the only good part about this movie. Everyone throws in a top notch performance that is memorable completely. Mia Wasikowska plays one of the best
Alice’s ever. She is just so real and down to Earth, and I could believe she was
Alice through the entire movie, and as it progressed it only got better! Johnny Depp is always fantastic but he really does shine here as The Mad Hatter. It’s not exactly an easy role to play, being mad and all, and occasionally having mood swings and accent changes. Johnny is one of the best character actors I think, and he just adds another great performance under his belt. Helena Bonham Carter is just pure delight as The Red Queen. She isn’t a likeable character, but she makes it entertaining and not dull. She is easily the funniest part of the movie, she just provides laugh after laugh by being so cruel, who would have guessed?

It also has a great supporting cast, Matt Lucas is pretty funny as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, two bickering twins who are always contradicting each other, and he is just a fun guy. Stephen Fry played my favorite character, The Cheshire Cat, and he only enhanced the character, didn’t take away a single quality. He is just as sly and smooth as he was in previous efforts. I also just liked the way he the character looked in general (which is one of the few things that I did like looking at). Michael Sheen and Alan Rickman are also good supporters as The White Rabbit and The Blue Caterpillar. This is one of the best all together cast in a long while and all pull through even in this giant mess. The only eh performances came from Anne Hathaway and Crispin Glover, both were just too boring and typical.

The movie was written by Linda Woolverton which is where the movie really fell. I’m surprised because she wrote some great Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast (1991), The Lion King (1994), and Mulan (1998). But she takes this classic story and just makes it… boring. Maybe because I’m not a huge fan of
Alice that I wasn’t too pulled into the story, but I appreciate it enough where I shouldn’t have been bored. It’s almost like nothing happens, and I sat there waiting and waiting and then the big action climax came and I was very disappointed. The story should have been just a regular remake and not a sequel, for this was way to dull and not exciting.

This is easily the biggest disappointment of the year, and probably will stand as the biggest disappointment. The only good part was the acting which all around was great.* (out of *****); Skip it