Oh frabjous day! Here at last is a Tim Burton film that fulfills the magical promise and eccentric whimsy that the off-kilter director has been teasing us with all these long years. Not quite the vision that Lewis Carroll imagined when he wrote Alice in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass, this Alice is all the best possible parts of that fantasia coupled with the better instincts of Burton's own voracious imagination.
Earning the title "wonderland", the phantasmal dreamscapes of Alice's adventure unfold with a pastoral, surreal beauty that spring to odd and awkward life in 3D. This is not the immersive technique of Avatar, but instead a kind of pop-up book diorama where we feel we can run our hands over each lovely, absurd image and they both have depth, and not-depth. The fx have been used to build an animated world that stretches the boundaries of what we are willing to expect and the grand delight of Burton's universe is not that he gives us things we have never seen before, but instead reintroduces us to dreams we had long forgotten we had.
Read the full Alice in Wonderland Movie Review here.