Alice in Wonderland (2010) is a fantasy adventure film written by Linda Woolverton and directed by Tim Burton. Although, Alice in Wonderland (2010) is among the million adapted versions of Lewis Carroll’s’ 1856 Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Tim Burton uses Character Generator Imaginary (CGI) through the incorporation of 19th century European art aesthetics to make the film have a universal appeal (Elliotte, 2010).
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Alice in Wonderland (2010) set in the Victorian era looks at how 19-year-old Alice Kingsleigh’s quest for knowledge, independence and self-awareness helps her break through the traditional norms of the Victorian society. The film stars Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen (Harrison, 2002).
The cover of the film Alice in Wonderland
Trapped in a world were traditional gender norms dominate society, Alice strives to forge towards discovering her identity. Alice Kingsleigh gets invited to a tea party which eventually turns out to be a surprise marriage proposal to Hamish (Leo Bill) and before she can give her answer, Alice sees a rabbit with a waistcoat and rushes creature because it is not something that is common. Alice follows the rabbit and ends up falling into a hole leading her to a place called Underland where she encounters creatures and situations beyond imagination and are impossible in the real world. In Wonderland Alice meets species that talk and behave human such as Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Cheshire the cat and Absalom the caterpillar (IMDb 2010).
The film shows the social expectation of women during the Victorian era as well as the social norms that determined women’s status in society because women were expected to be submissive to men. However, Alice’s rebellious and active character not only gives her courage to slay the Jabberwocky in Wonderland but also gives her courage, to challenge the norms of society when confronts her family about the idea of marriage. The fact that Alice is able to slay the Jabberwocky blurs the line between traditional female roles and separates her from the rest of the typical Victorian Woman.
I give Alice in Wonderland (2010) a 6/10 rating because it is interesting and anyone can watch it. It is also funny and there are a lot of themes within the film that still apply to today’s’ world especially issues to deal with gender. Furthermore, Tim Burton’s use of dark lighting of Alice’s journey in Underland, the costumes of character in Underland such as the big head of the Red Queen and the Mad Hatter’s hat are important components that make the film interesting. Not only do the costumes make the audiences laugh but they also show Alice finally realizes that the creatures in Wonderland are nothing but a pack if cards and everyone in her fantasy world is mad (Elliotte, 2010).
Through her experience in Wonderland, she gains valor to cope with the rules of society and gets better at managing the situations around her.