Alice in Wonderland Movie Review

If you’re here to see what’s happening with the new room….come back tomorrow for the big reveal!

In the meantime…..

Occasionally there’s a movie out that my kids want to see.

If you know me you’ll know that we never…NEVER…let our kids see a movie we haven’t previewed. I know this takes time and often it means I will have to see a movie twice. Usually it’s a movie I didn’t want to see in the first place. But it’s always worth it. There have been many times that one of us previewed a movie and decided that the kids couldn’t see it. “Avatar” for example.

So, at my older kids’ request, I previewed “Alice in Wonderland” today. I thought I’d share my thoughts with you.

First, it’s weird. But you have to expect that. It’s a weird story.

There were clever parts and there were big special effects. It’s done by Tim Burton, so it has a dark side. He loves those evil looking barren tree branches. This movie has no shortage of those.

The only real objection (this is only for my teenagers…it’s too scary and strange for the younger ones) is that there’s a bit too much chest showing on the female characters. No real cleavage, but Alice’s shoulders and upper chest are bare throughout the entire movie. One of the very small characters has some cleavage, but it’s shown from a distance and from very odd angles.

There’s a weird relationship between the Queen of Hearts and her….I guess he’s a knight. But nothing ever happens between them.

Actually, now that I think about it, the whole movie has an odd tone. It’s an undercurrent, nothing I can put my finger on.

Anne Hathaway’s characterization of the White Queen is great. I enjoyed her.

The Queen of Hearts is funny. I’m thinking of wearing my hair and make-up just like she does.

Alice is darling. It’s not my favorite Johnny Depp role though. I never did quite “get” his depiction of the Mad Hatter.

There is also the whole, “Women don’t need men” message at the end. I didn’t like that, nor think it was necessary. And it’s weird….did I say that already?

So all in all….it’s an odd little movie. But if my older three kids (ages 19, 18 and 16) want to see it as a study of special effects and movie making then we will let them.

If I had to come up with a redeeming quality to the movie I’d say it’s a classic David and Goliath story. It’s good versus evil. Greed v. selflessness. Plus the story is a classic and they do some interesting things with it creatively.

But I won’t buy it or rent it or let any of the other kids see it.

Now….back to our regularly scheduled blogging…..

Come back tomorrow to see the new room!


  1. Grateful for Grace :

    I just can't get into Tim Burton films. Too dark. Too weird.

    Thanks for the review, though. I'll pass it along to My Sweetie.

    Can't wait to see the room photos.