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Alice in Wonderland also known as “Alice,” “Alice no País das Maravilhas,” “Alice au pays des merveilles,” “Alice i Underlandet,” “Alice im Wunderland,” “Alicia en el País de las Maravillas,” “Alicia en el país de las maravillas,” “Alicja W Krainie Czarów,” “Alis Harikalar Diyarinda,” “Aliza Be Eretz Ha Pla'ot,” “I Aliki sti hora ton thavmaton,” “Liisa ihmemaassa,” “Алиса в стране чудес”

MPAA Rating: PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking caterpillar.

Reviewed by: Angela Bowman
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Primary Audience:
Family Teens Adults
Genre:
Action Adventure Fantasy 3D Family Adaptation
Length:
1 hr. 48 min.
Year of Release:
2010
USA Release:
March 5, 2010 (wide—3,400+ theaters)
DVD: June 1, 2010
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Featuring: Mia Wasikowska (Alice Kingsley), Johnny Depp (The Mad Hatter), Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen), Crispin Glover (The Knave of Hearts), Anne Hathaway (The White Queen), Stephen Fry (The Cheshire Cat), Christopher Lee (The Jabberwock), Michael Sheen (The White Rabbit), Alan Rickman (Absolem, The Caterpillar), Matt Lucas (Tweedledee / Tweedledum), Timothy Spall (The Bloodhound), Barbara Windsor (The Dormouse), Amy Bailey (Hatteress), more »
Director: Tim Burton
Producer: Walt Disney Pictures, Roth Films, The Zanuck Company, Team Todd, Tim Burton Productions, Tim Burton, Katterli Frauenfelder, Derek Frey, Chris Lebenzon, Mark L. Rosen, Joe Roth, Peter M. Tobyansen, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, Linda Woolverton, Richard D. Zanuck
Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures / Buena Vista

“You’ve got a very important date.”

Those who are familiar with Tim Burton will not be surprised that the dark quality of his work carries over into “Alice In Wonderland,” along with his signature spiraling gothic landscapes, so much so that it appears too intentional. Regardless, and as expected, the richness in color and design make for a stunning view enhanced by 3D.

In this recent adaptation, Alice (played by Mia Wasikowska) returns to Wonderland thirteen years after her first adventure, which she has considered a mostly forgotten dream. She begins her journey in a similar fashion that takes her back through the rabbit hole, but this time finds that she was summoned for a particular quest, so that the suffering inflicted by the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) may come to an end.

Positive Elements

Themes of being true to yourself, embracing your uniqueness and independent thought are woven into the story. The idea of the “best people” being considered “mad” to me means simply that the best people do not think like everyone else and perhaps even each person’s “madness” is the unique quality that separates him from the rest. Considering madness in a positive light, even the Bible says that the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing (1 Cor. 1:18), and many Christians are considered “mad” as they follow God in seemingly illogical ways. However, one must be careful to remember that we are never completely independent, and we must take care that it is truly God persuading us. We must be self-controlled and alert (1 Peter 5:8).

Negative Content

This movie is not suitable for young children. There is violence, frightening creatures, some blood and other elements that are not appropriate for younger audiences.

Swords and spears are used to prick, pull out an eyeball, and while not particularly gory, a head is cut off, as well as a tongue. Purple blood is collected from the head into a vial and given to Alice, who drinks it. She also drinks a potion made from various objects, including coins from a dead man’s pocket and buttered fingers.

Alice is chased and wounded by a large creature with many sharp teeth. Her wounds bleed, although not excessively, and appear to grow worse with time. There is a “war” in which two sides are fighting, and a large sinister dragon is called to fight Alice.

It should be noted for parents that the “card” soldiers are nothing like the characters in the 1951 cartoon version. They are sharply armored, and their eyes glow, making them appear quite evil. Various items are thrown, which if seen in 3D could also be scary for a child, and the Mad Hatter grows dark, both in appearance and in voice, when he “goes mad.” The Red Queen slaps Stayne multiple times. A woman comments that rabbits are “nasty creatures” and that she will enjoy setting the dogs on the rabbit that Alice sees.

Alice is called a “stupid girl” on numerous occasions, and the word “bloody” is used multiple times as an expletive. Alice threatens to tell the mother of two girls that they swim naked in a pond. The Red Queen refers to Tweedledee and Tweedledum as “fat boys,” and, as expected, there is a smoking caterpillar and multiple references and orders to cutting off heads.

One of the women in the Red Queen’s court is appropriately titled “Woman with Large Poitrine” (French for “bosom”), and it was apparently necessary to show cleavage to fit. Stayne accuses Alice of “unlawful seduction,” telling the Red Queen that she forced herself on him. As Alice’s size changes, her clothes do not, so in one scene she is apparently naked, however completely covered by garden shrubbery.

While there was an apparent occult-like feel to some of the elements, what I found most disturbing was something a bit more subtle, and I am curious how many others notice (or will notice) it as well. It appears that Alice is repressed, as most women were of her time, and so she rebels in small ways, such as not wearing a corset or stockings, which by itself seems minor enough, but there seems to be an overall lack of respect and courtesy, such as when Alice finally decides to stand up for herself. She turns down a very public marriage proposal, which in itself again is not a bad thing, but it is the way in which she goes about it, the way in which she asserts herself that is lacking.

There are other incidents, such as when Alice catches her brother-in-law kissing another woman at the beginning of the film, and, at the end, she chooses not to tell her sister, instead letting him know that she will be watching him closely and that he is lucky to have her sister as a wife.

Absolem (voiced by Alan Rickman), the Blue Caterpillar tells Alice, “Perhaps I will see you in another life.” The Cheshire Cat asks Alice if she wants him to “purify” her wound. And when the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), who has made a vow not to kill any living thing, sentences her sister, the Red Queen, to exile, she adds to that, that no one is to show her kindness or to speak to her. It seems to me it might be more merciful to order death. And regardless of the fact she is the “good” Queen, she is the one who concocts and gives Alice the potion and blood to consume.

Over and again, below the surface is found a want of emotion where it is needed most—that connection to (and for) the characters, the warm or satisfied feeling we are supposed to be left with at an apparently “positive” ending to any particular event, the closure one should feel when a task has been completed or a lesson learned. The only character that seems to display true and constant emotion is the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp), but the extravagance of his appearance is negatively distracting, and he simply isn’t enough to fill the space beyond his particular role. While Tim Burton admits to his lack of emotional grasp of the story, it is difficult not to imagine that there is more to the absence of connectivity. Galatians 5:22-23 says the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control—and these seem to be missing.

Despite the shortcomings, my first reaction was that this film was quite enjoyable. As the story has always been one of my favorites, perhaps it was bias or possibly it was due to the fact that with this type of movie one doesn’t have time to dwell on a particular offense or shortage before something new and different appears to distract and divert your attention. Externally, it has so much to offer that it is easy not to look in the kitchen or under the table until after you’ve had time to digest the meal and find that the meat was missing. So upon further reflection, the pleasure of the experience disappeared, and I couldn’t help but feel that I had eaten something very wrong. As Christians, we are to filter what enters our hearts and minds in accordance with God’s Word (Prov. 4:23 and 2 Cor. 10:5). Romans 12:2 says,

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

I found, in my folly, I had not taken the time to consider what was laid before me, and I would urge others to carefully examine—and then chew slowly—what is offered you, so that you may find out what is inside, before it is already in your stomach.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Mild / Sex/Nudity: Mild

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Positive—I have to be honest, I only went to go see this movie for one reason—Anne Hathaway was in it, and she’s my favorite actress. I’ve never been a big fan of the “Alice in Wonderland” story/stories, but I just loved this movie! It was so much better than I thought it was! The story line, animation, humor, script, casting… everything was crafted together so perfectly! I just enjoyed the whole movie, even though I’m not too crazy about the Alice in Wonderland fairy tale.

It’s a movie I would definitely go see again in theaters! Even if Anne Hathaway hadn’t been in it, I STILL would have really liked this movie, and I’m sooo glad I gave it a try!

…I wouldn’t recommend this movie to little kids because it might scare them. But, other than that, I think anyone would like it.

The acting was very good, Johnny Depp truly amazed me as an actor. The whole story line was very different and original. The story takes place 10 years after Alice visits Wonderland, and she forgets all about her adventures there. She then gets to go back. It’s a very good story!! I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys a movie with great acting, a good story, and a great script to match. Go see it!…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Sarah, age 19 (USA)
Positive—There are very few films I have seen in my life that I have given a ten out of ten pair of thumbs but Tim Burton's adaptation (or should I say transformation) takes Alice’s journey to Wonderland into a new rabbit hole, one of which I am happy to say was worth traveling down. It is a retelling, and a reshaping, as only Tim Burton did it the best. It is a beautiful world Underland (not Wonderland as is mispronounced by Alice and corrected by Absolem the Caterpillar) yet a perilous one to live in, made more so by the Red Queen’s cruelty and malice to dominate the free peoples of Underland.

The inhabitants, such as the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Mallymkun the Dormouse, Absolem the Caterpillar, Chessur, and the White Queen, are thrilled Alice has returned, seeing in her that she will someday soon be champion and slay the Red Queen’s Jabberwocky.

What Alice must learn through her time in Underland is that nothing is impossible if only you believe it is possible. The Mad Hatter, one of her dearest and closest friends, helps her to build her confidence through this message, even risking his life in the oddest and most dangerous of moments when she needs to hear it most. Alice is also trying to find out who she is deep down, trying to find the “muchness,” as Hatter puts it best, she once had as a little girl when she came to Underland but has lost through her own insecurities.

She learns much from her time spent in the presence of both sisters Red Queen and White Queen, seeing the vast differences in how each rules their kingdoms, one with fear and the other love. While growing up isn’t an easy thing for Alice to do, her friends are able to guide her towards her destiny to become Underland’s savior and her enemies become her stepping stones towards conquering her deepest fears.

Everything about this film is truly memorable. The writing is exquisite and reflected greatly through everyone who worked onscreen and offscreen. The effects do not overpower the story or the characters. It enhances everything to the point that you feel as though this world could not be confined to the screen because it is so vivid and such an untamable place.

There is much more I would love to write about it but this is where you now must take to following the white rabbit as I did and see where it leads you as it led “Alice to Wonderland.”
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—The Writer, age 20 (USA)
PositiveTim Burton has triumphantly welded the medium of film in “Alice in Wonderland” by stepping out of the way and letting the story stand on its own legs. In other words, he did not make it a “Tim Burton film.”

“Alice in Wonderland” is the greatest gift of Lewis Carroll, whom Wikipedia describes as an English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer. In this movie, the viewer can appreciate all that is laudable about fine literature, be comforted by the surety of consequences, be admirable at the complexity of the endeavor, be charmed by the worthiness of high values while being grateful that the technology at hand, in this case computer generated special effects, was employed not only with great skill but with the utmost care because the bedazzlement never overpowers the story.

Wonderland is its own world. While it borrows figures it is not a symbol or even an illustration of what the world should be or is from a skewed perspective. It is what it is: a land of color and whimsy, chartered to cherish innocence while extolling goodness. It is a shelter sorely needed. Dropped like a stone deep into this collage of crimson, indigo and saffron is Alice (confidently portrayed by Australian ingénue Mia Wasikowska), a young girl who may, or may not, yet be ready for womanhood. Though fair haired and delicate in form, Alice is not a naïve waif pining for a prince, she is fully self-actualized: dauntless, faithful to herself, civilized and beyond common reproach. Without being over idealized, her pervasive humanity and femininity allows her to be a realistic role model. She possesses no magic other than the grand rampart of knowing who she is even when she does not necessarily realize who she is. Ultimately, Alice’s adventure in Wonderland only provides an avenue, a format by which she can simply be awake.

The movie itself is family-friendly without being preachy. It is a children’s story which holds the adult’s attention. It has no modern subtext, no hidden meaning, no twist ending; it is simple storytelling in the best tradition. The true ogre is not aristocracy; it’s bad behavior.

Each character is complex and sympathetic. Even on the playing field of black and white, heroes and villains, there is room for analysis and understanding. The Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter) is truly pathetic, wearing her misery just below the surface of her painted face and her, appropriately, bulbous head. She is not so much loved as she is feared and she is fully aware of her loathsome state, yet, even in her most agitated moments she remains superbly insolent, with a dry English wit always willing to pierce the soul of any foe with a snide observation.

Johnny Depp, with his costume of frizzy orange hair, top hat and ludicrous yellow eyes presents his Mad Hatter not as a comical banshee but more as a simpatico to Alice herself. Like his costume, he is a cacophony of man’s best traits and man’s worst foibles. Forever, emotionally, in the moment, his gallant yet rambunctious nature endears him to both Alice and the audience.

Seeing a quality movie, much like eating a finely cooked meal or hearing a good song, elevates the one privileged to taste the mastery. “Alice in Wonderland” extols the ideals of dreaming in a world which desperately needs dreamers. It approaches the purveyors of mediocrity, compromise and depravity and says, “Off with their heads!” See “Alice in Wonderland” and you will skip from the theater more willing to envisage your own kingdom.…
—Jason Goldtrap, age 41 (USA)
Positive—…This movie is NOT offensive. Perhaps you don’t like the story or the scary parts. But, it was NOT offensive. It’s fiction. Surely, all fiction doesn’t have to be about real people. I know cards don’t really walk around with spears, cats don’t really talk, people don’t really look like the Mad Hatter. I’m not taken into the occult by such things and neither will anybody else, unless they have much greater problems. It’s simply over the top to call this movie offensive. We took our 8 year old. We all enjoyed it. …it’s far from “Halloween” or “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Those surely are offensive. This movie was a cute story of an evil queen being dethroned by a good queen. There’s a lot of fictional characters. The moviemaking quality was outstanding. The 3D was awesome. I’ve left movies in the middle before. I’ve turned off movies that we have rented. I’ve felt guilty after watching certain movies. But, this is not one of them. It’s a good family film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Todd, age 37 (USA)
Positive—After seeing the original “Alice in Wonderland” film from the 50s, I totally enjoyed seeing this version by Tim Burton. While it didn’t mirror the 50s version word for word, it is still a great movie. I found maybe a few things offensive but not much. I wouldn’t recommend it to younger kids, though.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Shannon H., age 28 (USA)
Positive—Alice is a girl who isn’t quite sure what she wants to do or who she is as many of us feel at times. She embarks on an adventure that helps her discover herself and return back to the brave person she was. This movie is also a story of good against evil. Where the evil side forces you to be what the leader wants you to be, and the good side allows you to be as you wish while at the same time encouraging you to do good loving and protecting each other.

Alice does not want to do what everyone else expects or wants. She is very scared. The white (good) queen tells her that she must choose for herself and no one can decide for her. Alice does, in the end, choose to risk her own life to help her friends and save the kingdom. I especially loved the part where the Mad Hatter, who is fighting with the main bad henchman, is about to kill him when he sees the Jabberwocky is killed. Immediately, realizing that his death would serve no purpose because the beast is gone, he tosses the sword down in disgust. War may be needed as it was in the bible, but as soon as it isn’t, christians should shun it.

There were a great many moral strengths to the movie like this one. Yes, it was weird, but a great many messages that we will share with our children. There is no swearing, and no nudity. Alice does shrink beyond her clothes but no more than a shoulder is shown. Not suggestive at all. The only concern I had was the adds for other movies like Despicable Me that previewed before Alice.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Chris Ransom, age 43 (USA)
Positive—This movie is one and a million. It is actually written more as a sequel to the story “Alice and Wonderland” than as a retelling to the story. It seems Alice is thinking that her time in Wonderland is just a dream, until she starts seeing the White Rabbit again. She follows him back down the hole and arrives in the magical land. With her memory blanked out from he previous trip, she encounters the Mad Hatter (played brilliantly by Johnny Depp) who tells her she is suppose to free Wonderland from the grip of the Red Queen, who frequently yells, “Off with his head!”

I enjoyed this movie immensely! All the actors performed top notch and I was very impressed with each one. Johnny Depp, of course, performed his part to perfection. The film is directed by Tim Burton, who is, well, weird. He has a bizarre way of telling stories, (“The Nightmare Before Christmas”) or retelling them (“Batman”), but the story is told most impressively.

Morally, the film is clean with no profanity and no sexual content, outside of the red queen’s general wanting to seduce Alice and Alice outgrowing her clothes (she is very well covered still). There is also a great deal of “cartoonish” violence and even some more serious violence. There are many scary beasts in Wonderland.

Bottom line, go see it and enjoy it, go twice even, but also be cautious on how old your kids are. If they are younger than ten or easily frightened, you should probably leave at home.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
Jacob Airey, age 21 (USA)
Positive—…a lot of things mentioned in the review are not at all offensive, and in some cases, taken out of context. I refer specifically to this paragraph—Absolem (voiced by Alan Rickman), the Blue Caterpillar tells Alice, “Perhaps I will see you in another life.” The Cheshire Cat asks Alice if she wants him to “purify” her wound. And when the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), who has made a vow not to kill any living thing, sentences her sister, the Red Queen, to exile, she adds to that, that no one is to show her kindness or to speak to her. It seems to me it might be more merciful to order death. And regardless of the fact she is the “good” Queen, she is the one who concocts and gives Alice the potion and blood to consume.

First off, Absolem’s line is taken out of context here. In that scene, he’s building a cocoon to turn into a butterfly, which he refers to as the end of his current life. So, when he tells Alice “perhaps I will see you in another life,” what he means is “perhaps I will see you when I’m a butterfly.” It’s not reincarnation, just nature.

Secondly, the Cheshire Cat purifying the wound. I’ve read this line forward and back and can’t for the life of me decide how that’s offensive. Purifying a wound is what you do when you disinfect it. He asked to tend to her wound. Nothing wrong with that.

And I can see where you’re going with the White Queen/Red Queen thing, but you do realize that you just complained that the White Queen didn’t kill her, right? There are generally consequences for conquering, murderous warlords when they’re defeated. Exile seems light, all considered. Either way, I just thought I’d give a more neutral perspective on the film.

There is some innuendo, and Alice is briefly implied naked at certain points, but never for longer than a few seconds. The movie is generally non-violent, save for the decapitation of the Jabberwocky and the Bandersnatch getting its eye yanked out (this is done in a slightly cartoony way, though, as the Bandersnatch later puts it back in, and it seems as good as new—however, when it actually gets plucked out, it is somewhat disturbing, so be warned). Kids who might be frightened by that ought to stay away.

And, of course, you have the magical undercurrents, but they are not played up all that much. If you’re fine with the original story, or fine with any given Disney classic for that matter, you’ll be fine with this. It is not at all portrayed in an occultic manner.

As to the film’s quality, I had mixed reactions to it. I thought the visuals were great, the performances were good, and the imagination was wonderful, but the story was weak and failed to generate interest in a lot of parts. But, overall, I hope this information helped some of you, as I’ve tried to present it as neutrally as possible.

Also, I’d like to thank Thursday Connell for pointing out an important fact about Lewis Carroll. He was simply a man with a big imagination.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Matt T., age 18 (USA)
Positive—Okay, I admit I didn’t like the film when I saw the pictures from the movie. But when I saw short clips of it, I was growing to like it.

This isn’t like the first, it should be called “Alice returns to Wonderland”. Although there some warnings for young kids: Lots of violence (eye plucking, eye poking, poking with a sword, almost beheading, and serious cuts), there is some adultery when Alice’s brother-in-law makes out with a different woman and “Stayne” (the Red Queen’s loyal assistant) hits on the White Queen.

There are also creepy expressions of the Mad Hatter, but you get used to them. I didn’t like the idea of the younger Alice being caked with make-up and the older Alice pale. Although I still like this creepy, dark, and magical film. My favorite characters are The March Hare and the Mad Hatter. This film is caution for kids under 12. I’d give this film 2 thumbs up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Anna, age 18 (USA)
Positive—I think it’s important to remember that just because a movie is rated PG doesn’t mean it is made for children. People seem to make this mistake. Just because a movie doesn’t contain enough objectionable material to warrant a higher rating doesn’t mean it was made for children.

I love “Alice in Wonderland,” and I thought this movie was amazing. The PG rating does distinguish that there is violence, and it’s something parents should consider before taking a young child. That is why it is mentioned. There is a war going on in the movie, and a war without violence isn’t really a war, is it?

As far as the nude scene, you see nothing. It’s not portrayed in a sexual way. at all. and if outgrowing your clothes is a sin, we all need to repent. I thought the movie was beautifully done. It is a Tim Burton film, after all, and one should keep that in mind. He’s known for dark films. I think this film was created more for older children and up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Alyson, age 23 (USA)
Positive—It was cute and funny.
My Ratings: Moviemaking quality: 2
—Ricardo Guzman, age 45 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—If there was a “Semi-Positive” rating, that’s what I would give this film. The problem areas in “Alice” mostly involve dark themes and fantasy violence. If you do not want some mild spoilers, don’t read on…

Dark themes: The Red Queen calls for beheadings whenever she is slightly displeased, a cute-looking character begs that he has a wife and children as he is dragged off to be executed. Alice crosses a moat by jumping on bloated decapitated heads that are enormous (because she is currently shrunk down). The “good” Queen is a witch that makes a potion of out human fingers and claims that she made a vow “never to harm a living thing” (if that’s true, why the potion made of fingers?). The “good” Queen also gives Alice blood to drink, and Alice drinks it without any revulsion (no revulsion is shown when Alice drinks the potion either). Alice beheads a creature (granted, the creature is evil) and a character plucks the eyeball out of an animal with a tiny sword. Those are just some of the examples of the darker themes in this movie. Also the caterpillar makes a reference that could be a nod towards the Hindu idea of reincarnation.

However, there are also merits to this film. Alice is a strong female character that believes it is worth it to risk her life to save her friends. The Hatter is also shown as a person who cares about his friends, and surprisingly the Cheshire Cat is shown this way as well.

There are clearly good characters in this film, and not all the themes are dark. There is also some wonderful animation, and beautiful scenery as well as very creatively designed characters and creatures. Also there is a positive nod towards those who the world believes are mad/fools. Alice says “these are the best kind of people.” The Bible says that the world will view Christians as fools so I took that as a positive element of the film. Also, there is an element of unrealistic feminism to this movie (based on the period this movie takes place in, some of the feminist results Alice achieves are highly unlikely). But I believe this to be just a minor problem (more along the lines of wishful thinking than anything).

Overall, I would suggest parents exercise caution and do not bring their younger children to this movie. I think this movie would be okay for older children and teens. For the older children, you may want to discuss the dark theme issues after the movie. Finally, for all the adults out there that are fans of Lewis Carroll and of colorful fantasy tales, this is a well-made film that I believe you will really enjoy.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Syrena, age 33 (USA)
Neutral—After watching a preview and reading through many commentaries on this site, I was fully prepared to hate this film. I intended to give it just ten minutes of my time and then move on. While at no time did the film fully captivate my imagination and demand that I watch it to completion, I did find that it far surpassed my expectations and that it really didn’t seem to match the above commentary.

CONS: - There are indeed several minutely sexual references. —Every single character in “Underland” is creepy, minus Alice herself. —There are several instances of violence that, while not graphic, are certainly inappropriate for children.

PROS: - Every instance of immorality is significantly downplayed, adding more to the “creepy factor” rather than outright gratuitousness found in many films. —I don’t believe that there was any swearing or anything more than hinted nudity, and not a single instance of the Lord’s name being taken in vain (that I can recall—which I am sensitive to). —The film is very imaginative and the story takes you right along as it should. While this film is not by any means fantastic, I wouldn’t knock it on account of morality. This film is better than average in that respect.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This film is creepy. Not scary, or demonic, just surreal in a slightly unsettling kind of way. It is a sequel (with liberties) to the original story by Lewis Carroll. Johnny Depp has much too large a role for being such a minor character, but comes off as passing-well. Alice shines as the lead and is the only truly redeeming character. Finally, this film has a “girl power” theme that is somewhat tired but not stressed to the point of irritation. The only “good guy” male figure in this film is insane. That doesn’t bode well for Adam’s spawn. It’s an interesting B-movie to take or leave.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Ender Wiggin, age 25 (USA)
Neutral—I would have rated this movie PG-13, but alas the people who do that now seem to be blind as to what is good for children to watch. There are three scary elements in this movie, which I feel should be mentioned.
1st: Alice is chased by a beast with many sharp teeth and is saved by the dormouse who uses it’s sword to pluck one of the creatures eyes out, which I find disturbing.
2nd: To get into the Red Queen’s castle Alice must cross the moat, which is filled with the heads of the victims thatched fallen to the Queens wrath. Alice having no other choice, uses the heads as stepping stones to cross.
3rd: In the final battle Alice fights a fearsome beast. As she fights she cuts off the tongue and at the top of some stairs of a ruin, she beheads the beast, and its head goes plopping down the stairs. There is no gore and very, very little blood, but I don’t think these scenes are the greatest material for the imagination to play with.

There is, also, a scene where the Queen’s henchman makes an advance on Alice, cornering her against a wall, he tells her that he likes her largeness (Alice is larger from drinking a potion), Alice then pushes him and runs away.

What I did like about the movie was the animation. It was very unique and quite different from any style I have seen before. I really enjoyed the Cheshire cat. He was amusing and very well done, both voice and character. My favorite thing about the movie is how in the end Alice figures out that she is the master of her life and no one else. I would watch this movie at your own discretion.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Bethany Stibbe, age 18 (Canada)
Negative
Negative—It continues to amaze me that films made by big names, such as Tim Burton or Martin Scorsese, the list could go one, continue to receive high marks when they are plain and simple tripe. “Alice in Wonderland” is Tim Burton's “Chronicles of Narnia,” and, in his version, there is virtually no character development, and practically no point. The only redeemable ingredient in this debacle is the visual aspect of the film. The 3D, computer generated world is, to be certain, astounding, and enjoyable to look at. But how long does that new, sparkling sheen on a new car really dazzle you before you realize it’s still just a car? In “Alice in Wonderland”'s case, it is definitely a car. As a matter of fact, it’s a junker that can barely roar to a start who’s rust and deficiencies is simply masked by this beautiful facade that Burton has created. Truthfully, just because the mad hatter is nonsensical, doesn’t mean the rest of the film need be. The story is painfully inane, and there’s little that is morally redeemable.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 2
—Mark BC, age 22 (USA)
Negative—This movie is for the foolish. This movie was so bad, its laughable at the end. You will get up from the theater and ask yourself; why did I watch that? The ending is so bad, it makes the movie a (F-), seriously. The cartoon was so much better, all they had to do was just copy the cartoon, and remake that, it would of been way better. …the movies morals are way off. The movie is about being bad, and when you do the opposite of what is good, it works out in the end, what kind of message is that to send to people? Skip It.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: ½
—Jacob, age 23 (USA)
Negative—I love to be entertained, surprised, and amused at the movies. Instead, I was bored and annoyed… but I found joy when it ended. It was bad for all the reasons given by the other viewers. I’m mostly disappointed in myself for giving Tim Burton yet another chance. When will I learn that his art is just dark dark dark!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Diana O, age 41 (USA)
Comments from young people
Positive—This gorgeous film is not Alice in Wonderland as you remember it. Wonderland—or “Underland” as it is also called, is darker, meaner, and crueler, and the Alice is haughtier and less kind. It is a film with such completely perfect visual effects that one is genuinely transported to another world—but the world is not welcoming. I would rate this movie PG-11 or PG+.

If you hesitate at the mention of Alice walking across large, dead faces that serve as stepping stones across a moat, or a monster’s eye being pricked with a sword and pulled out, do not take your young children. There are positive elements: “Believe in the Impossible” is a running theme—one that can be admirable.

However, all in all, this film was candy—pleasant while it lasted, but leaving no satisfaction. If you want a lavishly directed, mostly inoffensive film—by all means, I would recommend this film. But don’t expect it to change the way you look at anything—and leave your younger friends at home.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Katie, age 16 (USA)
Positive—I saw this film opening night in 3-D (which, in my opinion is the only way to see this movie …and it was truly amazing. As far as movies that Tim Burton makes, which tend to be frightening and dark, this movie was surprisingly not. I was very impressed with the moviemaking quality and how funny and overall enjoyable it was. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter were absolutely hilarious and wonderful in their rolls …I don’t remember any profanity or inappropriate comments. It is morally very acceptable. Some children may be frightened just because of the overall nature of the Alice in Wonderland story. Tim Burton's interpretation of this classic story was flawless. It’s a must see!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Rachel, age 14 (USA)
Positive—I loved this movie. I thought it was very well made, and it was great. But I don’t think Anne Hathaway was good as the white queen. I don’t think she was elegant enough, and the part didn’t quite fit her. Also, the part when Alice was walking to the red queen’s castle, the dead people’s heads in the water were pretty scary. Overall, I think this movie was great, and I’d recommend it for anyone over the age of 9.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Mikayla Notaes, age 13 (Canada)
Positive—I went and saw this movie on opening night. It was a wonderful experience, although it did not follow the books extremely well. Then again not many do.

The one negative thing I have to say is that the White Queen (Anne Hathaway) lacked character and emotion. All she ever did was carry around a HUGE smile. Also, I would not recommend it to anyone under the age of 8 (with parental discretion) based upon some scary images of vultures and one, non-gory, beheading.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Bryan Stahlberg, age 16 (USA)
Positive—Just saw “Alice in Wonderland.” It’s not as offensive as the reviewer said it was. If you let your kids see “Narnia” then this movie is fine! It was NOT dark at all, the Red Queen doesn’t even compare to the White Witch from Narnia on the scary scale. And, yes, there’s a smoking caterpillar, but… the Professor in Narnia smoked a pipe, so I see no difference in this and that. If you let your kids see Narnia, then this one is fine! See it 3D! It’s best then! …Alice will not disappoint!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Henry, age 17 (USA)
Positive—This was a funny movie. I would recommend it for 11 and up.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Joseph, age 12 (USA)
Positive—I enjoyed this movie. I thought it was much better than the cartoon “Alice in Wonderland” (which I thought was pointless and stupid). Although on the terms of Tim Burton movies, I would have to say that I liked “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” better (except for the fact that the Mad Hatter wasn’t near as strange as Willy Wonka).

DO NOT BRING YOUNG CHILDREN TO THIS MOVIE! It was the closest to a PG-13 that I’ve ever seen a PG movie get. Alice beheads a monster after chopping off its tongue, there are floating heads in a moat, and a mouse plucks out another monster’s eyeball.

I would say if you like fantasy/action movies, then you would like this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Kadie, age 17 (USA)
Negative—This movie was very pointless. The whole movie, I was saying to myself… “when will this end?!” it was odd and boring. most people don’t know, this but the whole point of Alice in Wonderland is based off of doing drugs. The author of the original book intended on alice getting high and going to wonderland on a “trip.” The whole way through the movie, this caterpillar was smoking a hookah. Alice was also seen partially naked in a few scenes, while eating and drinking to make her size differ, but not her clothes.…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Jacob Atkinson, age 14 (USA)

I am an English Major posting to clear up the rumor regarding Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) that always seem to rise when people talk about Alice in Wonderland. There is this nasty little rumor that Carroll was on drugs when he wrote Alice in Wonderland. Carroll did not use drugs while writing the story. The larger part of the story was invented when he was on a boat trip with a friend, the real Alice and her sisters. He invented it while they rowed.

The drug rumor was first spread in the 1960s by supporters of the then new LSD subculture. The rumor is believed to have originated from the psychiatrists who introduced LSD into our society. Some people insist that one has to be on drugs to write such a creative story. But why shouldn’t someone have a creative mind of his own? If Carroll was on drugs, the Alice books would probably be a series of rambling, disconnected, surrealist scenarios. But the Alice books are far from random. They contain some very intricate logic problems and very clever puns (not to mention Alice’s journey in “Through the Looking-Glass,” which follows the moves of a chess game), that could only be the work of a sharp mind in full control of its abilities.

Furthermore, you’ll find the same style of writing in the magazines he wrote in his youth, his various poems, stories, and other writings, and especially in the letters he wrote. If the Alice books were drug induced, the rest of his voluminous output would seem to suggest he was on drugs 24/7.

There is indeed one part in the book that may describe the use of drugs: the hookah smoking Caterpillar who advises Alice to eat from the mushroom. But with the story Carroll made fun of all aspects of society, and it may be possible that he was just reflecting the age with this part (note that this chapter wasn’t even part of the original story, but was added later when he decided to publish the story!).

In the Victorian era, there were no drug laws like we know them. Opium, cocaine, and laudanum (a painkiller that contained opium) were used for medicinal purposes, and could be obtained from a pharmacist. Mind that LSD was not even invented yet! So in Carroll’s days it was not uncommon to experience the effect of being “high,” whether or not accidentally. However, it was definitely not Carroll’s intention to write a book about drugs: he wanted to entertain a little girl whom he loved.

No evidence has ever been found that linked Carroll to drug use. Even in his diaries, Carroll has never made any reference to the use of drugs. Why must people insist on this vicious rumor? What you have ladies and gentlemen is a very creative story filled with lot of cultural satire and complex riddles written by man with a rather large imagination. So please stop spreading nasty urban myths.
—Thursday Connell, age 18 (USA)

Neutral—I am also responding to the viewer who said Lewis was on drugs. I was saddened to read that this rumor is still alive and well. Here is some more truth.

Pastor Charles Dodgson, or more famously known as Lewis Carroll, was a Godly man who was a friend of George MacDonald. Anyone who knows anything about children’s fantasy novels knows George MacDonald. MacDonald is well known to have been the mentor of C.S. Lewis. Here’s a short story of how the MacDonald family encouraged Lewis Carroll in his publishing of Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.

“In the early 1860s, as MacDonald began to discover his talent for fairy stories, he made friends with another minister, Charles Dodgson. Undecided whether or not to publish a story he had written about a friend’s daughter, Dodgson asked MacDonald to read the story aloud to his children to see if they liked it. MacDonald’s eleven children delighted in this new tale, his son Grenville declaring that he “wished there were 60,000 volumes of it.” In this way, the MacDonald family played an important role in encouraging Dodgson (under the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll) to publish Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland.” Taken from a short biography about George MacDonald in the book, “The Princess and The Goblin” by George MacDonald. Pg. 205
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Michelle, age 44 (USA)

Positive—I loved this movie! I went to see it with my dad, and he is really picky about movies. He thought it was a great movie, too! It has excellent morals and never lost my attention for a second. There is some fantasy violence, like when the mouse pokes out a monster’s eye with its sword, and when Alice beheads the Jabberwocky. It may be scary for kids who are easily scared. There is no profanity at all, and it has clean humor. I suggest seeing it in 3D, it’s amazing! When I left the movie theater after this movie, I felt like it was worth my time and money.…
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Abbie Billingsley, age 12 (USA)
Positive—Wow, Tim Burton did a great job directing “Alice in Wonderland”! My mom and I went to see it together, and got our money’s worth. We chose not to see it in 3D, but it was still fantastic. No bad words, just some battle scenes that were not bloody at all! I caution parents to not bring their young children to the movie. Acknowledge the PG rating. Kids 10+ should be able to enjoy and absorb the wonders of Wonderland!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Emily, age 11 (USA)
Positive—This movie is not offensive at all. And believe me, you can trust my opinion. As a Christian, I am extremely careful about what movies/TV shows I watch. I have run into some seriously awful things on television and am therefore VERY careful to avoid falling into the same trap again.

Here is my opinion about “Alice in Wonderland”. There was a lot of action—I don’t consider it violence because it wasn’t gory at all. There was almost no blood. A large beast gets his eye poked out, but there is no blood. A mouse pokes the eye, it pops out, and the mouse runs away with it, leaving the beast with its paw over the empty eye socket. Again, NO BLOOD. Very clean. I am very sensitive to gore and was very pleased by this.

In another scene, the jabberwocky’s tongue is cut off. No blood. It just falls off, stays on the screen for about a second, and then the scene continues normally. When the jabberwocky is slain, its head is cut off, but there is no blood. It bounces down some stairs. Very clean.

The characters generally have good morals. Alice is independent—not rude. She is old enough to determine her own decisions rather than being forced into prearranged marriages and the like. However, I do believe that there is a balance. Christians should also listen for the voice of God when they make choices. Alice’s choices aren’t all godly, but she usually makes good decisions.

As for the White Queen, she is a good character. She uses blood in a potion at the end, though, which I disliked. Overall, however, she fights for freedom and doesn’t force Alice into being the “champion” for Wonderland. The Mad Hatter is insane, but he has a wonderful heart. The Cheshire Cat is self-focused—not exactly a great role model—but no character is perfect.

The Red Queen shows something vital—she constantly says that “it is better to be feared than loved”. Not only might this spark good, Biblical conversation after viewing this movie, but the Red Queen’s philosophy proves wrong when she is defeated by the forces of good.

The blue caterpillar, Absolem, smokes, but this is shown in a negative way (it makes Alice cough repeatedly due to the smoke). Also, during his metamorphosis into a butterfly, he refers to it as “another life.” This is a reference to his metamorphosis, NOT the Hindu belief of reincarnation.

The sex/nudity in this film is minor. There is mention of two girls swimming naked, but this is not shown and was brief. Many of the people in the Red Queen’s court wear fake, exaggerated body parts to make her feel better about her head, and one of the Red Queen’s subjects is discovered to have fake breasts. This is also shown for only a fraction of a second, and it was actually sort of funny in a really weird way

At one point in “Alice in Wonderland”, the Red Queen’s assistant tells Alice, “I like you. I like your… largeness.” (Alice has grown enormous due to some “eat me” cake.) Shortly after that scene, the Red Queen accuses her assistant of liking Alice more than her, and he explains that Alice “is obsessed” with him. A little bit later, Alice is falsely accused of “unlawful seduction.” In an earlier scene, when Alice shrinks and is placed in a tea cup, the Mad Hatter tries to help her out, but suddenly says, “Oh… sorry,” and makes her some new clothes (she is naked but this is not shown at all.) In another scene where Alice has outgrown her clothes, she hides behind a bush (again, no nudity at all).

Alice’s sister’s husband is caught kissing another woman, and Alice foolishly decides not to inform her sister. However, all of these things are minor when shown in a 2-hour movie—when written in succession, it makes them seem worse than they actually are.

The film has lots of action and is not for little kids. However, action is different than gore, and I thought that it made the film awesomely exciting (and not at all disturbing). Overall, the 3-D was great, and I would highly recommend the extremely entertaining, exciting adventure of “Alice in Wonderland”. I absolutely advise heading to see this movie in the theater. You’ll be glad you did.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Laura, age 12 (USA)
Positive—This movie was awesome! It was really thrilling! I would say this movie for 9 and up, there is some blood where Alice is scratched by the creature, it kind of freaked me out. Well, I’ve got to admit there was some parts that did scare me. It was also a little funny. So ya, it’s a great family movie!! But just be warned on what it does have.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Hannah Gutierrez, age 11 (USA)
Negative—Alice in Wonderland was extremly dissapionting in many ways. As I watched this movie, I was the whole way through bored. And let me tell you something. I rarely get bored in a movie. Rarely.

Another way this movie was dissapionting was that, while the special effects are great, you never really get to see them because the movie is so rushed.

Another thing I might point out to you, is that Wonderland (or Underland, as the characters call it) looks so depressing and looks almost apocalyptic. Tim Burton is one of those directors out there that I really like some of his movies (“Big Fish,” “Corpse Bride”), think some are ok (“Beetlejuice,” “Batman Returns”) and think some are just awful (Batman for instance). And to tell you the truth, I really don’t know which one to put this one in. I mean, the effects and acting are great but the character and story devolpment were some the worst I’ve seen, and I’ve seen lots of movies.

There really isn’t much objectionable in this movie. There is a bunch of action and bloodless swordfights and stuff but thats about it. And there is a seen where Alice’s brother in law is seen making out with another girl but thats about it. I rated this movie 2½ stars out of five just because of the effects. But if the effects were just ok, I would have rated this movie 1½ stars to 2.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Langston, age 12 (USA)
Positive—…I agree with [reviewer] Angela Bowman, on several counts which I will explain. What I most admired about the film was that Alice is quite an inspiring character, except for when she didn’t tell her sister about her husband cheating. However, I do admire her character of individuality. Her father died, and everyone expects so much from her, and she never lashes out at them, except when she snapped at her mother about wearing the things normal girls wear, and she apologized. It shows that no one is perfect, but you could always do your best to fix the wrong.

She’s considerate of how they (including animals) feel. Unlike most other girls her age, she’s not worried about what people think about her; she isn’t worried about attracting boys, and she keeps neutral thoughts about people until they do something to give evidence to being the type of character they are.

She’s honest about what she feels… she’s not afraid to tell others at the end. Her character development teaches that people shouldn’t be afraid of who they are. Corsets were used to create the “perfect waist;” Alice didn’t wear it because she’s happy with herself. She feels fake with it—“caged” in being. The things she chose not to wear were things that didn’t make a rude difference to be without, if anything they created a new visual of her that wasn’t really her. We see that she doesn’t converse with the people there, and clearly the two girls who… “swam naked in the pond” weren’t exactly the of best friends to have.

When she went to Underland, she befriended and defended the people who were good to her. She seems like she wants to make the right decisions. She fought the Jabberwocky partly for herself, to prove to herself that she is “Alice.” But she didn’t have to stay in an entirely different world and fight something that could kill her JUST for herself, she fought it for her friends, too. Also because it was the right thing to do. Almost quite selfless, I think.

And like Bowman had said, we Christians are always seen as “mad” people who believe in something that society sees as ridiculous, impossible, and weak-minded. Isn’t that how each person at the party saw Alice? Her entire adventure in Underland was self discovery to show herself that who she is, is something some people just don’t understand. She learned that just because they don’t approve doesn’t mean she has to give it up, and it doesn’t make her wrong either. She’s right in who she is, she wants to be herself like we want to be out in a community that shuns a Christian because they don’t understand it either. I think that was the morale of the story.

Granted it could have been way better advertised, but if you dig, you can see that. Be who you are, and don’t you dare be ashamed.

At the end she tells everyone about the thoughts she’s held back because she’s afraid of what they’d think, like how some of us see a miracle and don’t tell others. Or when we don’t agree with the bad things people do, and we don’t say anything because we know they don’t want to hear it. Alice wasn’t afraid in the end (except for when she only threatened the cheater and didn’t tell her sister) to tell what was what by what she believes to the people who needed to hear it. And that’s why I liked the story, because it inspired me further to be me uniquely, though my beliefs are not looked on highly in society.

About the magic, they could have done without: The original books didn’t even have magic.

Violence, I believe, is fine though, within appropriation. Like lay back on blood and gore, but get the point across. It gives the evil side examples of them being evil. How are you to point out who’s bad or not in movies without showing how they are bad? Movies need to build up their bad guys to show how good their good guys are. God created Satan because we need to be able to choose for ourselves what is right, Satan IS the essence of evil. If we told stories with censoring the bad of it, how can we tell what is Good? In the end Good will be all there is. But right now, while we’re still making our choices, we need to know a difference.

…the entire movie did make a good difference between what good people do (fighting for their friends and staying true to yourself) versus what bad people do (behead those who make you angry, lie, deceive people).

And also I’d like to point out the dog who only obeyed the Red Queen for the sake of his family. I thought it made a “good priority” example.

So that’s my review. I’d make the movie different but I think the main point got across well, and it was a good point. It as a visually gorgeous movie and quite entertaining, too. …If you see it, think long and hard about it afterwards; what would God have smiled about? Keep those few things and toss the rest; like how you deal with the rest of the world. Because the rest of the world isn’t disposable because of it’s many bad qualities, but worthy enough of God’s Hope and Care in it because He can still play off of its good.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Spiffs, age 17 (USA)
Positive—I watched this movie because I’m a huge fan of Tim Burton. And, this movie was no disappointment. I found it was much darker then the real Alice in Wonderland was supposed to be, but I liked it much better this way. I can’t remember any objectionable content. I personally really liked the movie. It puts a new ring to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I really enjoyed it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Alyssa, age 15 (Canada)
Negative—I watched the 2010 “Alice in Wonderland” while babysitting three neighbors of mine. While the scenery, dress, and acting was superb and breathtaking, the whole tone of the movie is dark. The “Alice in Wonderland” I remember as a young girl is nothing like this movie. The movie is violent—there are many bloody scenes, and acts of murder done. There is a bit of sexuality in this apparent “children’s movie,” which the movie reviewer already stated. Overall, I do not recommend this movie to Christians. If you have to watch it, I highly advise you do not take children under the age of 13.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Alexxus, age 13 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
…I have never seen this film (however I’ve seen parts of the original) and don’t plan on ever seeing it. This film deals with a lot of occult messages and themes that are against God’s truth. I know a lot of people are excited by this film because of the star-studded casts and effects, but is entertainment worth compromising our faith? In the bible it says have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose it. And the whole film glorifies darkness. Therefore, I would not recommend this to anyone. As Christians we are called to be weary of the work of the devil, and I strongly believe that this film is one of them. I hope that my words will help and not offend or discourage any of you. I pray that all of you who see these reviews seek God for discernment. God Bless yall…
—Shev, age 19 (Canada )
Negative—This is mostly to clear up a few things about this movie. For starters I have not seen this for many reasons. Not because of my faith. I see R-rated movies, so obviously this movie is seeable to me. I didn’t see this movie because the story was ruined. And that is why I am writing this. almost everyone that has seen this does not like it because they think it is based on the original story. It is not. It is based on a book/game called “Return to Wonderland” by Alice Mcgee. I am not sure if the book or game came first. Either way, the book/game was a sequel …a very VERY dark one at that. It was for adults. Where Alice goes back and finds a grim, dark and twisted place. There is gore, swearing and things that by all means would make even the most strong stomached christian hurl. This is why I was disappointed with this movie.

I am not saying I wanted to see such things in the movie. But the made a mockery of the sequel by making it “kid friendly” and honestly it was never meant for kids by any means. So hopefully this clears up the confusion as to why this movie is not like the classic we all grew up with. And if you’re curious do not look up the sequels game/book. The cover alone might make some very uncomfortable.
—Matt, age 28 (USA)

Reader response - This movie is actually not based on American McGee’s Alice, there is a separate film of that game being made. Yes, the game is very dark and whatnot, but it has no connection to this one. Tim Burton said in an interview that he changed the story so that this film could have a story separate from that of the previous 20+ versions of Alice in Wonderland.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Colt, age 20 (USA)

Negative—I was very disappointed with this movie. I saw it in theatres a few months ago, expecting it to be a magnificent film. Well, I was wrong. I do know that Tim Burton’s films are very dark and creepy (“Corpse Bride,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Beetlejuice,” etc.) but I figured since it was Disney, and it was Alice in Wonderland that it would be safe. While watching the movie I was expecting happy-go-lucky Alice from the original movie. Instead, she was in a dark, creepy world. There were many scary looking “creatures” that were not in the original movie. I believe that those parts can scare kids. Most of the story line had nothing to do with the original movie. I do not recommend this movie for kids at all. Hookas, weird looking creatures, and a dark world do not mix with good Christian values.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Very Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Andrea, age 16 (USA)
Negative—Warning! This movie not for children under ten years of age! I hate to say it but “Alice in Wonderland” is not as good as I hoped. The movie is not funny, and the plot is hard to understand. I was welcomed to my friend’s house, and she had gotten the movie for her birthday (I think). Well she was mad over it, so we watched it. The film was for adults for sure, and it has horrifying creatures and cruel characters for instance… The queen of hearts commands anyone she is displeased with to be killed, and in the film she often screams, “Off with his\her head!” The white queen is shown as a very beautiful, good guy—when she is really a witch who makes potions with human eyes and fingers!

Another thing is that Alice crosses the queen of heart’s moat by scrambling across the heads of executed subjects. (They were innocent, well most of them were.) What makes it more gross is that she was small and the rotten heads were huge! After Alice battles a beast, she was given its blood as the only key to get home to her party. (I seriously think the movie gross and gruesome.)

These things are terrible to let your children see, and I regret seeing “Alice in Wonderland,” and wonder if whoever made this film ever intended to make it for adults!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3½
—Hannah, age 11 (Australia)
Positive—I think it is fair to say that Tim Burton is a genius. We could argue whether his skills are used for good or bad, but he has been gifted. I saw this movie for a few different reasons: Johnny Depp is an excellent actor, Tim Burton is a great moviemaker, and the story of Alice is captivating. As many other comments have said, it is important to remember that this is not “Alice in Wonderland.” This is about Alice returning. Therefore, it would be wrong to judge the film off of how well it relates the original.

The movie is dark, not just in some of its content, but the color scheme that Burton chose, which is typically of his movies. I think that the color pallette shows how much power the Red Queen has (somewhat like how it is all snow in Narnia when the White Witch rules). I will admit that some of the content is dark. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Sierra, age 17 (USA)