MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Alice’ takes heroine’s journey in ‘Wonderland’

By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal

The plot for Disney’s new “Alice in Wonderland” isn’t really “Alice in Wonderland.”
According to the 2010 version, Alice had her original adventures as a child. Now, she’s a young woman who decides to chase a familiar White Rabbit (Michael Sheen) rather than give an answer to a marriage proposal.
Alice (Mia Wasikowska) falls through a hole and returns to Wonderland. Blue Caterpillar (Alan Rickman), Tweedledee/Tweedledum (Matt Lucas) and Dormouse (Barbara Windsor) aren’t sure she’s the Alice they remember.
The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) believes in her, and he wants Alice to join his quest to unseat the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), who has developed a nasty habit of sending people to the chopping block.
As you may have heard, the movie was directed by Tim Burton, who has a knack for creating fully realized environments. “Alice in Wonderland” overflows with vibrant, detail-rich characters and settings.
But “Alice in Wonderland” suffers from the “Avatar” bug: Brilliant visual effects are no substitute for story.
There’s a device used throughout the movie that tells us what Alice’s future will be, so it’s underwhelming when that actually turns out to be Alice’s future.
I don’t think kids, especially girls, will be bothered by my quibbles. I would expect girls to appreciate the chance to see Alice conquer her fears and save Wonderland, all while wearing a series of cool costumes.
At heart, “Alice in Wonderland” is a heroine’s journey through a beautifully rendered world. I would have preferred for that world to have a few more unexpected twists and turns.
I give it a B.
It’s showing at the Cinemark in Tupelo, as well as Malcos in Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville and Movie Reel 4 in New Albany.

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“Roadkill” Bill with Wizard 106.7 gives “Alice in Wonderland” a B.

“It’s visually stunning and a run ride.”