The new Alice in Wonderland film, directed by Tim Burton and featuring Johnny Depp, was released in the United Kingdom last week with a opening that featured royalty. That is an interesting twist as the film, like the book, finds Alice figuring out how to deal with queens and kings in Wonderland or Underland, in the film.
Another similarity between the two Alice books and film is that many familiar characters from the first show up in the second. That is what has been heavily promoted in photos and video previews. Those images look lush and appealing and are probably what will draw people to see the film. But the storyline is quite different, and that may be what causes many to be confused and leave somewhat frustrated.
The London Times is relatively positive. While "the characters may be familiar but the plot deviates insanely from the original," these changes don't stop the critic from enjoying the new story and how it looks.
Meanwhile, a Guardian film critic bemoans that Tim Burton's imaginative gothic style has lots its mojo. AS Byatt has a good essay in The Guardian about revisiting the book and why it's still a classic
The Mirror has a glowing review calling it a "terrifically twisted take on the Alice in Wonderland story in a gloriously lush 3D romp"
From OK! Magazine: the visuals are great, but the storyline is confusing
From The Void blog "a subtle sequel mixing loving homage with out-and-out weird"
IGN likes Alice as "a rebellious, free-thinker" but doesn't like "the headache inducing visuals"
Alice is still bratty, even in an older version, according to The Daily Beast. Even in the book Alice is "a cranky know-it-all with a low threshold for the nonsensical."
And, in other Alice news that flooding the media, it's curious to find a "thrice-removed" cousin of Alice Liddell managing a children's boutique in Abingdon where she stocks white rabbit merchandise. RAR4YCRJAAA7