Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton, 2010)
The film is inspired by Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and its sequel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871). The nineteen-year-old Alice now returns to Wonderland from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns her true identity: to end the Red Queen’s reign of terror, slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon-like creature controlled by the Red Queen and restore the White Queen to her throne.
This film confirms to the fantasy genre of fictions. At the beginning of the film, unlike Carroll’s book, Alice does not voluntarily fall into the rabbit-hole. It is an accident, a result from escaping the wedding proposal. In Wonderland, Alice has undergone all those absurd experiences as she did in her childhood once again. As the adventure progresses, Alice gradually finds her real identity, and after she has slain the Jabberwocky, which is a critical point for Alice to understand what her father means by saying “The only way to achieve the impossible is to believe it is possible,” she finally attains the courage to make the decision not to get married.
Two master plots that come to my mind is the adventure and the transformation, maturation to be exact. As the title suggested, the adventure scenes are obviously seen throughout the film. While Alice has just entered Wonderland, the white rabbit, talking flowers, Dormouse and the Tweedledum and Tweedledee are all not sure about whether she is the correct Alice or not, even including Alice herself. Compared to Carroll’s book, the Caterpillar shows several times in Tim Burton’s movie. Absolem, the Caterpillar, is the only character in Wonderland that has the power to determine whether she is the one. At first, he declares Alice to not be the one they need. However, later in the film, the Caterpillar claims the opposite. There must have been changes within Alice’s adventure, between the Caterpillar’s...
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