I got introduced to the wonderful world of Alice in “Through the Looking Glass”, which I won as a prize at school. I was completely won over by the enchanting tale, I think I fell in love with Humpty Dumpty, and Jabberwocky was the first poem I learnt by heart on my own, without an exam or an elocution as aim. In fact, Jabberwocky remains the only poem, I think, that I can recite at the drop of a hat! I read Alice in Wonderland much later, but TTLG is my first love.
When Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland came out, I didn’t want to particularly see the movie. I imagined it to be a ghoulish, dark movie with Johnny Depp in outlandish costumes, and I certainly didn’t want my childhood fantasy tale being overlaid by a nightmare.
However, when I caught it on the telly some time back, I was completely hooked. I loved the sheer inventiveness, the fantastic imagination that must have made this movie possible. I just adored the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter with her biiiiig head was just so perfect!), Depp as the Mad Hatter brought such a strange mix of quaintness and dignity to the role, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee had the right touch of insanity to set their cuteness askew. Mia Wasikowska as Alice was cast well — she had that strange, floating look about her. Anne Hathaway was ok, I guess. The Bandersnatch, JubJub bird, and Jabberwocky were all totally awesome. OK, this review of sorts is becoming an adjective list, so I’ll just stop right here.
What I really loved about the movie was the fantastic creativity with which the original has been reinterpreted. So now, it’s become a real favourite of mine.
A frabjous movie, if I may say so! 🙂