As a child once, I can say that, like others kids, I also enjoyed fairytale stories, watching cartoon shows and other animated films. Some of these cartoon and animated films I really loved to watch over and over again are the timeless Cinderella Story, Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland.
Honestly, I can still clearly recall each of these stories – of what happened to the main characters, the plot of the story and even the names of the villains. Guess what?! Here’s a secret, I still love reading and watching fairytale stories until now. So, when I saw the trailer of Alice in Wonderland movie, without even thinking, I immediately told myself that “I must watch this movie!”.
What actually charmed me when I saw the trailer was the colorful world of Alice in Wonderland. They are like eye candies shown in vivid colors that are very enticing to a child’s eye – which, I think, is the real target of the movie. Luckily, I was fortunate to receive a free movie pass to the premiere night of the Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland 3D film! I was excited to go and experience 3D movie-watching once again.
The first part of the movie, for me, is just a retelling of a 19-year-old girl’s dilemma, where confused Alice, as portrayed by Mia Wasikowska was in the middle of adulthood and childhood. But during her time in the human world, she was bothered by her dreams about an enchanted world with magical creatures – which turned out to be the Wonderland. Poor Alice has no idea about her dreams because she has vague memories of her past and she doesn’t recall anything about the Wonderland. Then, when she fell on a rabbit’s hole, and consequently reached the Wonderland, Alice’s world turned upside down due to magical characters, like Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Ann Hathaway as the White Queen, among others.
At first, I thought that Tim Burton’s (the film director) Alice in Wonderland is just a 3D version of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass books, but I was amazed at how Linda Wolverton (the story writer) wrote a new story based on a book. As for me, it’s pointless to compare the book version from the 3D version of the Alice in Wonderland as each story has its own distinct story line though the characters are the same.
The movie is recommended for children (though some animations may seem “dark” and scary for them) and to everyone who love fairy tales. Even if you have or haven’t read the book version of the movie or even its previous animated version, still you can enjoy watching it, as what I have mentioned, this one has a different story to tell that can entertain moviegoers from all ages.
*** Thanks to Ms. Sharon Yu of SM Cinema, SM Cinemas and Walt Disney Pictures ***