I loved it. After I read all the reviews, I went into this with low expectations seriously hoping it wouldn’t disappoint me and that Mr Burton wouldn’t have turned it into a macabre-fest as so many of his films have been. I actually felt that Mr Burton showed quite a bit of self restraint in that area and perhaps in a few others that he shouldn’t have.
Personally I loved that it wasn’t the same weary telling of the same old tale of Alice in Wonderland. I loved that it was a continuing of the tale with a more in depth look at the characters and their silly quirks. Though this is one of the areas that I think Mr Burton shouldn’t have held back as much as he did.
I loved that it incorporated the Jabberwocky. I thought it would have been great if Burton had the Red Queen chanting the poem during the fight scene in order to give the beast more strength and endurance. I mean really, if you think about it, Alice did kill it awfully quick and with minimal damage to herself. Even that white black spotted dog-bear creature got in a good festering scratch during their tussle.
Oh well, I still loved it, even the silly dance towards the end that so many people seemed to hate. I think the nay-sayers have forgotten that it is a nonsense dance from a nonsense place, I only wish they would have shown more of it.
Mia Wasikowska was a wonderful Alice! The rest of the cast were perfectly chosen. Very entertaining!