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Tim Burton succeeds with wacky twist to classic
February 12, 2011

Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 2010
Length: 108 minutes
Rating: PG

If you think you know what this movie is about, think again.

Tim Burton’s movie uses a familiar setting and characters, but he takes them to a new level. I’ve read the book and seen the older movie, but I found the new story line to be very interesting.

The story begins with Alice at age 6 living in England. For some reason, she keeps having the same nightmare: blue caterpillars, impatient rabbits, and a very Mad Hatter.

Flash forward 14 years. Alice is heading off to a party where she meets her boyfriend, who asks her to marry him. However, she becomes completely distracted by a rabbit in a waistcoat and starts following him. But curiosity kills the cat and Alice tumbles down a hole, where she discovers a world of wonder and excitement. In her exploration of this new world, Alice figures out how to be herself.

If you haven’t noticed, this isn’t the original plot of Alice in Wonderland. This movie isn’t necessarily a sequel but an extension of the original movie and the book. It isn’t very hard to follow and progresses at a nice pace.

I really enjoyed this movie because the story is interesting and some parts are very funny. I laughed out loud at times because some situations are so funny. My favorite character is the Mad Hatter because he is silly and joyful.

But, the movie isn’t just all fun and games. It becomes suspenseful in scenes where the characters have to overcome the principal obstacle -- the scary Red Queen.

The movie’s format is fascinating because it combines animation and real actors. The animation looks almost real, and the special effects are amazing. My favorite scenes are when the cat disappears and when Alice falls down the hole. The special effects make the action look real.

This movie is fun to watch because it has suspense, thrills, joy and humor. It makes you want to visit Wonderland and meet all of your favorite characters. I thought the change in storyline is very clever. It’s always fun to know how a story turns out.

I recommend this movie to all ages. Like me, you will want to watch it over and over again.

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