Tim Burton directs this weird and wonderful tale of adult Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returning to a Wonderland.
Lewis Carroll’s beloved classic gets an appropriately loopy treatment from Burton, cinema’s master of the weird and quirky.
Strictly speaking, this fantasy isn’t an adaptation of the books, but more of a sequel in which Wasikowska’s 19-year-old Alice tumbles down a rabbit hole and finds herself back in Wonderland, though she has no memory of it.
She thinks she’s simply dreaming, but the strange folk she meets, including Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter and Anne Hathaway’s White Queen, must persuade her that it is her destiny to save Wonderland from the tyrannical rule of the evil Red Queen – a wonderfully grotesque turn from Helena Bonham Carter.
The plot is a little one-dimensional, but the film’s visuals are fabulous, with sumptuous, eye-catching special effects, design and costumes.