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In the spirit of the latest Alice in Wonderland obsession here is a little piece of magic.

I assembled this design from bits and pieces I found on the internet – I never tire of the amazing tid bits I find on creative blogs and webpages.

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Be Careful: There may be spoilers.

Alice in Wonderland

~Tim Burton

First the movie was hyped up, and then hyped down. I am going to hype it up again (although not too much). Burton uses Lewis Carroll’s novels Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass as a launching pad for his adventurous fantasy film Alice in Wonderland. It has been many years since her childhood adventures in Underland and 19-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) believes those experiences to be a figment of her imagination that continuously haunts her through dreams and nightmares. When she arrives at party, she is surprised to know it is in fact a celebration of her engagement to the snivelly son of her late father’s business partner. Upon being proposed to, she runs off to chase a white rabbit that keeps mysteriously appearing in the bushes. Therein begin her adventures, as she tries to convince herself ‘it is all a dream’.

Mia Wasikowska’s performance as Alice was convincing and although a bit too dainty at times, it had “muchness” that some other critics have suggested is lacking (watch the film for that reference). Alice is played with subtlety, refined movement and curiosity. The Mad Hatter, played by Johnny Depp, was mesmerising and charming in his madness and he would have stolen the show if it wasn’t for Helena Bonham Carter’s amazing performance as The Red Queen. Comically depicting her cruelty and vulnerability, Bonham Carter’s vivacious Red Queen continues to enjoy decapitation and domineering control in her reign over Underland. As much as I generally adore Anne Hathaway, her role as The White Queen did not sit comfortably with me. Even though she grew on me as the film progressed, I thought her airs and feigned movements too unnatural, despite their intentions.

A few points I would like to make:

~ The whimsical Victorian costuming was beautiful as the changes to Alice’s outfits flowed smoothly and amusingly.

~ I loved the colour palette of the film, with all its CGI effects, especially the contrast between the real world and Underland.

~ Slaying the Jabberwocky was almost too predictable; especially with the prophecy by the Caterpillar. Nevertheless, Alice recounting her ‘six impossible things’ was a nice lead-up to the inevitable.

~ Although the futterwhacking dance by The Mad Hatter was too modern for the film (set in the 19th Century), it was still funny because the music and style was unexpected and upbeat.

If you haven’t seen this film yet – then what are you waiting for? And if you have seen the magic of Burton’s Alice in Wonderland; wasn’t it fantastical?

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